Noel here. Today Denise is going to summarize Transformation by Renewing Your Mind and I will go over the 6th example of 4-Step Bible study.
You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.
How We Think Effects How We Feel(Lesson 1)
The Bible puts a high value on our mind and what we think about. Why is that? Romans 12:2 says you are "transformed by the renewing of your mind." What we think about has a major impact on how we experience life. As the "elevator" example indicates, what we think about effects even the way we feel during the day.
A Test of Thinking(Lesson 2)
When Jesus rose from the dead the disciples had a test of their thinking. They came and saw the empty tomb, but some chose to think Jesus' body was stolen and so they experienced the event as a disaster. But when John saw the empty tomb, he chose to believe Jesus' words that He would rise again from the dead. So John experienced the event as a triumph. What triumphs are we viewing as a disaster?
How We Think Effects How We Grow(Lesson 3)
The Bible describes spiritual change as beginning in our mind (Romans 12:2). God calls for a mind transplant, Let this mind be in you, . . . ." (Philippians 2:5) We are to bathe our mind in thoughts that are true, pure, and lovely (Philippians 4:8). God transforms us as we think about things from HIs point of view.
Desire Killer: Futile Thinking(Lesson 4)
A Futile Thought leads you nowhere. Thoughts like, "He who dies with the most toys" or "what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas" are not true and provide a channel to pour your energy and time into. If you pursue Futile Thinking it will leave you worn out and nowhere. This is a Desire Killer because it hijacks your energy away from your Desire for God and leaves you wondering what happened to your spiritual fervor.
How We Think Effects What We Want(Lesson 5)
If you want to resurface your Desire for God there are 2 things to marinate your mind in. First ask yourself the 7 questions in WAVE101 Lesson 11. Next, pray these three verses back to God:
Father, give me power to grasp how much You love me. (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Father, help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and love my neighbor as myself. (Mark 12:30-31)
Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. (Luke 18:13b)
The questions and the verses help you think with God's priorities and give you a chance to identify something about God that you can honestly respond to with love and appreciation.
Skill Time: 4-Step Bible Study(Example 6)
Today we are going over the assignment I gave last time. If you haven't had a chance to look at these verses, I give you space below to fill in the 4-Steps there.
Romans 4:13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 4:14 For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;
Romans 4:18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE."
Romans 4:19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's womb;
Romans 4:20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
Romans 4:21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
Next time, Denise will talk about Walking Toward the Help and I will go over How to Answer your Bible Study Questions.
If you are stuck, reply to this email and ask a question.
Skill Time: Bible Passage (Your list can be different and shorter. More are presented here to help you get the idea.)
He is talking about faith and he is talking about law
Abraham received the promise through faith, not through the law
Law? -- it has something to do with keeping commandments
Abraham is using hope and he is using faith
"Hope against hope" suggests a process
Abraham is facing the facts that he and Sarah are old
Abraham is 100 years old
Sarah is beyond childbearing age
Abraham faces these facts without becoming weak in faith
He gave glory to God even before he received the promise
Abraham believed that what God promised, He could also deliver
Sometimes God promises something that we have to wait for
Am I willing to wait for God promise to come about?
Father, thank you for the promise that You cause all things to work together
for good. Help me wait for that to happen. Help me learn from the example of
Abraham who continued to believe.