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-To show how much we need God. To show how much God wants  us.  

-To give practical advice and support about how to effectively  (Biblically) seek God. 

Matthew 7:7-8  

-What does this passage promise?  

-What does that mean for you?  

-If finding God is guaranteed, then this is a worthwhile pursuit!  

Matthew 7:13-14  

-This verse seems to contradict 7:7-8. How can it be that:  “everyone who seeks finds,” but, “only

a few find it?”  

-So, there is a certain way to seek God that guarantees we’ll find  him. How should we search

after God to be sure we’ll find him?  

-There are only two roads. If you had to choose which road you are  on right now, what would

you honestly choose? Why?  

Matthew 6:33  

-According to this verse how are we to seek? What priority is God  in our lives? What would a person’s life look like who seeks God  first?  

-Have you been seeking God first? If not, what have you put before  God? What keeps you from making God your top priority? 

-What does it mean to seek his kingdom? His righteousness? How  

could you start seeking his kingdom and his righteousness first?  

Luke 13:22-28 

-What is something in your life that you have made every effort at? 

-What would it look like for you to make every effort in seeking  God? 

Acts 8:26-39 

-In what ways do you see this Eunuch making every effort? How do you see God fulfilling the

promise of Matthew 7:7-8? 

Key Questions:  

-God will stop at nothing to love you and be in a relationship with  you. Will you seek him first?  

-What changes will you need to make in your life to have God as  your first priority?  



-To show how much we need God. To show how much God wants  us.  

-To give practical advice and support about how to effectively  (Biblically) seek God. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17  

-What does it mean that “all scripture is God-breathed”? Do you  believe that the Bible is God’s

perfect, inspired word? (2 Peter  1:20)  

-How could you use the Bible for “teaching, correcting, rebuking,  and training in


-How will devotion to God’s Word make you ready for anything?  

Hebrews 4:12-13  

-What does it mean that the word is living and active?  How has it been alive and

active in your life?  

-How is God’s word like a sharp sword?  

-Everything will be laid bare before God and we will be judged by  his word. What does that say

about the importance of reading the  Bible?  

-If you met God today, would you be confident that you would pass  the test according to his


1 Timothy 4:16  

-What is the difference between life and doctrine? Is one more  important than the other?  

-Can you think of an example of someone with a good life but  wrong doctrine? Is that a saving


-Also think of someone with the right doctrine who doesn’t live it  out. Will they save themselves

and their hearers?  

-Why does keeping life and doctrine in check require perseverance  and a close watch?  

-Do you know if your life is in line with God’s word? What about  your doctrine?  

Acts 17:10-11  

-Here the Bible describes “noble character.” What was it about the  Berea's that stood shows

noble character towards God? 

-Do you have the same attitudes and actions as the Bereans?  

Key Questions:  

-God will stop at nothing to love you and be in a relationship with  you. Will you seek him first?  

-What changes will you need to make in your life to have God as  your first priority? 

-Will you make God’s Word the standard for your life? What  changes will you need to make?

-What will be challenging about  having the Bible as your only standard? What will be


-Ask your Bible study partner to get you started on a daily Bible  study and prayer plan so you

can be a Berean! (Acts 17:11)  Getting to know Jesus in the gospel of Mark or John is a great 

place to start!  


Some questions before you begin:  

-What sticks out to you from the last study?  

-Have you had any challenges since making the Bible your  standard?  

-What have you read since the last study? Did you take notes?  What did you learn? How were

your prayers?  

-Do you have any questions before we begin?  


-To illustrate the Bible’s standard for followers of Jesus. To commit  to being a disciple of Jesus


Matthew 28:18-20  

-According to this passage, what is God’s will for all of mankind? How would you define a

“disciple”? How does that relate to the  term “Christian”? 

Acts 11:25-26  

-The context of this verse is describing the first predominantly  Gentile (non-Jewish) churches.

This is about 10 years into the  history of the church. This church in Antioch is the first time that

the  disciples were called Christians. What does that say about the  relationship between these

two words? 

-This is significant because the word “Christian” is only used three times in the Bible (Acts 11:26,

26:28, I Peter 4:16). The word  “disciple” is used 270+ times. So, to have a clear picture of what  

being a Christian means we must understand what being a disciple  of Jesus means. 

Three Characteristics Of A Disciple 

Matthew 22:36-37 - Love For God  

-Jesus shows that the most important thing is our love for God.  How do we see Jesus setting an

example of loving God?  

-How has your relationship with God been? Have you been loving  Him with all your heart, soul

and mind? What can you do to do so? 

Mark 1:14-16 - Fisher of Men  

-What did it mean for them to follow Jesus? What does it mean for  you? 

-Jesus wants to make his disciples into “fishers of men,” how will  that change your life?  

-These men were given a whole new mission in life, what have you  been living for?  

-Notice their eagerness and excitement, how do you feel about  becoming a fisher of men? How

will you begin?  

John 13:34-35 - Love For One Another  

-This is the only new command Jesus gives in the New Testament  and the command to love

one another is in the Old Testament. So  what is new about this command? 

-What are some ways that you see Jesus loving his disciples? How  can you follow his


-Is this command teaching us how to love everyone? Or is it about  the relationships between


The Cost of Discipleship 

Luke 9:23-26  

-The context of this verse is right after Peter’s confession of belief  in Jesus Christ. Jesus goes on

to teach what life as a believer will  entail:  

-What do the words “if anyone” or “whoever” tell us about who Jesus is talking to?  

-What does it mean to deny self? Have you lived a lifestyle of self denial? What will it look like?  

-What does it mean to take up your cross daily? What was the  cross in Jesus’ day? Has this

been your daily lifestyle? What will  you do differently?  

-Have you completely given your life to Jesus, not only in words  and thoughts, but in action and

lifestyle? How will this cost affect  your life? (Luke 9:57-62) 

Luke 14:25-33  

-What strikes you about this “if anyone” passage? What does it  mean to “hate” your family,

friends, and even yourself? (Luke  16:13) 

-Is this how you have loved God or are there “close seconds” in  your life? What things in your

life are difficult to prioritize behind  God? 

-What does the first parable tell you about the seriousness of  building a relationship with God?

-Have you ever sat down and  counted the cost? 

-What is the meaning of the second parable? Who are the big and  little kings? What is the final

cost of being a disciple? 

-Have you surrendered everything to God? Will he accept anything  less than 100%? What will

your life look like when you give him  your all?  

Key Questions:  

-Have you been living as a disciple of Jesus? Will you be a disciple  of Jesus Christ? 

-What changes will you need to make to live by Christ’s clear call?  Who in your life needs to hear about discipleship?


Some questions before you begin: 

-What do you remember from the last study? 

-What has been the biggest change in your life? 

-What is the most challenging part of being a disciple? Do you have any questions from our studies or your own reading?  


-To understand how sin affects our lives and our salvation. To be  open about sin and start on the road to repentance. 

Luke 7:36-50 

-What would you say was the difference in how Simon and this  woman interacted with Jesus? 

-What point was Jesus making in telling Simon the debt story?  

-Jesus said, “he who has been forgiven little, loves little.” How does  our understanding of sin affect our appreciation for God’s grace? 

Romans 3:23, 6:23  

-What do you think it means to “sin”?  

-Is anyone without sin? What consequences does a life of sin lead  to in these passages?  

Isaiah 59:1-2  

-What does this passage tell us about the affect of sin? When we  talk about salvation, what is it that we need saved from?  

-Imagine that your sin is a wall. When you sin you build up a wall of  separation from God. The moment our sin is removed we are  instantly and completely united with God (saved!).  

-Has your sin been removed or is there a wall between you and  

-God? Where do you currently stand? Do you know what the Bible  says about how sin is removed and we are saved?  

Mark 7:20-23  

-Where does sin come from? Whose fault is it when we sin? 

-There are many lists of sins like this in the scriptures. Let’s look at  a more complete list and talk about how each sin causes us to fall  short and build a wall between God and ourselves: 

Galatians 5:19-21 (2 Timothy 3:1-5) 

-God has given us a conscience so that we don’t need a PhD to  know when we’re sinning.  

-Look up the definitions of any sin you don’t know. 

James 4:17 

-How does this differ from the other lists? 

Ephesians 5:2-13 

-Is even a “hint” of sin OK? 

-What “empty words” would people try to deceive you with? What does this passage say we should do with sin?  

-On another sheet of paper, write a list of the sin that you have  been involved in. Next time you meet up with your study partner  you will have a chance to talk openly and “expose” the darkness  so we can be “children of the light.” 

Key Questions:  

-How does looking at the big picture of your sinfulness make you  feel?

-“Those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”  Are you ready to leave sin behind and live a righteous life?  

-The next study will look at God’s answer to sin and the  response we should have. Spend special time praying to God  about your life up to this point.  

The Cross and Grace 

Some questions before you begin: 

-What have you been reading in your Bible?  

-Have you had any memorable prayer times?  

-Has anything been particularly difficult?  


-To personalize Christ’s redemptive work on the cross.  

-To understand our need for repentance.  

Romans 3:21-27, 4:22-25, 5:6-11 

-Salvation is by the grace of God. It was purchased through Jesus’  death. 

-What is a sacrifice of atonement? Do you know how it was  offered? Read Leviticus 4:32 

-How does that change your understanding of Jesus as your  sacrifice of atonement?  

-Read the account of Jesus death in Mark 14:32-15:29 with the  perspective of your hand on Jesus’ head and the guilt of your sin  transferred to him. 

-How did that change your experience of reading the account of  Jesus’ death? 


Our Response To The Cross: Repentance  

-What does repentance mean to you?  

-Repentance is translated in the New Testament from the Greek  word Metanoia which means to change (meta) your mindset  (noia) and therefore your actions.  

Luke 3:3, 7-14  

-What does it mean to “bear good fruit in keeping with repentance  (metanoia)”? 

-What does the fruit of your life say about your repentance? 

Luke 13:1-5  

-Do you remember what the wages of sin are? So it makes sense  that if we do not repent we will perish.  

-Think about your sin, in what ways do you need to change your  mindset to see things like Jesus?


Acts 26:19-21  

-Paul preached the unpopular message of repentance everywhere  he went. It remains unpopular today because it requires a sober  look and true life change.  

-Is it possible to tell if someone has repented? How?  

-Have you ever had a significant change in your behavior – a time  when many said, “What has come over you? You are different!”? 

2 Corinthians 7:10-11  

-An earlier letter to the church in Corinth caused them to repent.  

-Here Paul elaborates on the nature of their repentance and ours.  What is the difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow? 

-Worldly sorrow leads to death (there is no repentance and sin  leads to death). Godly sorrow leads to real change (repentance)  and leads to salvation. Repentance is part of becoming saved  because we are being saved from sin.  

-Look at each of the characteristics that Godly sorrow produces,  how could they aid you in repenting?  

-Are you eager to do the will of God? Do you have the heart of the  Corinthians?  

Matthew 5:29-30  

-Here Jesus uses grand exaggeration to show the radical spirit that  followers of Jesus must adopt toward sin.  

-Our world teaches us that sin is okay in moderation but Jesus  teaches that we must hate sin and deal with it drastically. Do you  share God’s attitude toward sin?  

-Do you think you have repented in accordance with what the Bible  teaches? When? If not, do you want to? What will your life look  like? (Discipleship)  

2 Peter 3:8-9  

-Thank God for his patience! Do you know many people who have  repented in a way that matches the Bible’s standard?  

-How do you think you could help other people learn about  repentance?  

Key Questions:  

-Because God sent Jesus to die for you, will you die to your sin and  repent for him?  

-What will your new life look like after you cut out the sin and add in  discipleship?  

Baptism and Resurrection 

Some questions before you begin:  

-How has your repentance (life change) been going? What has  been difficult?  

-Have you been living like a disciple? (Studying the word and  praying regularly, sharing your faith and meeting with the body?)  

Acts 2:36-41  

-Acts 2 is a significant chapter because it marks the first time  salvation is preached in Jesus’ name after his death, burial and  resurrection. The Spirit has come earlier in Acts 2 ushering in the  New Covenant. Peter uses the “keys to the

kingdom” to teach how  to enter the New Covenant. 

2:36 Sums up what we need to believe. What does it mean to  have Jesus as Lord and Messiah?  

2:37 Tells us that the people were “cut to the heart.” What do you  think this means? What was their attitude toward the gospel?  

2:38 Answers the question, “what shall we do?”  

-If belief were enough Peter may have just told them to continue  believing. Instead, he tells them to do what two things?  When a believer repents and gets baptized what two promises do  they receive?  

-Remember, sin is the only thing separating us from God, so what  does it mean when we receive forgiveness of sin at baptism?  

-The Holy Spirit is called a seal of salvation (Ephesians 1:13). What  then is the significance of receiving the Holy Spirit at baptism?  

2:39 Introduces covenant language with the word “promise”. How  are people today specifically included in this new covenant of  salvation?  

2:40 Makes it clear that Peter’s intention with this message is  salvation for all who hear and obey.  

2:41 Shows us one more promise that we receive when we  believe, repent and get baptized. We are added to the church! 

Romans 6:1-5  

-According to this passage, what are we doing at baptism? What is the effect of baptism in this passage? 

Colossians 2:11-13  

-We often hear that we are, “saved by faith.” How does this  passage tie faith and baptism together?  

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