Bible Study Questions

11 July

  1. Is there a prophetic Psalm that speaks specifically about Judas (not necessarily by his name)?
  2. It is unlikely that Judas came from the same region as the rest of the disciples; do you believe that this had any bearing on how he was perceived or known by the others? Are there lessons that can be learnt which would help when appointing people to positions of responsibility within the local church?
  3. Why didn’t the other disciples realize that Judas was insincere during the incident with the ointment (John 12:3-8); or when Jesus said that one of them was not clean (John 13:10); or when He said, ‘…the one I give the bread to’ ie Judas Iscariot (John 13.26)? What lessons can we learn?
  4. What does John 13:27 teach us about human sin and satanic possession?
  5. Do you believe it was always the intent of Judas to betray the Lord Jesus Christ? What can we learn about the Sovereignty of God (God’s total control over everything)?
  6. In light of the betrayal of Judas and the continual challenge of unbelievers masquerading as believers in the church, how can we take comfort from the High Priestly prayer of the Lord Jesus in John Chapter 17?

 

 

4 July

  1. Are there any verses that indicate that James was part of the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples?
  2. Why did Jesus call James and John, The sons of Thunder (Boanerges)?
  3. Do you think a ‘thunderous’ personality is a help or a hindrance to Christians?
  4. James was the first disciple to be martyred. How does his death (Acts 12) compare (or contrast) with his desire in (Matt 20)
  5. Is John a classic example that ‘it’s not where you start but where you finish”?
  6. What can we learn from the words of our dying Saviour on the cross to John (John 19)?

 

13 JUNE

  1. Can you name all 12 disciples?
  2. None of the original 12 came from the existing religious establishment, is there a reason?
  3. Is there anything we can learn from the fact that Jesus seemed to have an ‘inner circle’  (Peter, James and John)?
  4. Is there a distinction between a disciple and an apostle?
  5. Using the general experiences of the disciples, how would you counsel somebody who says that they wish to be a true disciple of Christ?

 

16 MAY

  1. Job speaks some very profound (deep) words about God in Job 14.1-5. He explains that God is in total control (God is Sovereign). This teaching sometimes discourages people, (as with Job in chapter 14), but why should this doctrine be an encouragement to us?
  2. Have you ever wondered why so many Christians are so negative? The third ‘friend’ Zophar makes two speeches. What caused him to make the statements in 11.6 and 20.4-7? How can Christians learn to moan less and be more positive and uplifting?
  3. How can Job 31.1 be used to help young Christian men today?
  4. Does chapter 29 give another dimension (side) to Job’s character?
  5. Do you think Job 30:1-10 mirrors or demonstrates any aspects of the suffering of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus?

 

 

9 MAY

  1. In Job 8, Bildad (one of Job’s friends) makes his first speech. What do you think 8.2-3 and (18.2) tells us about his character?
  2. Job refuses to respond to Bildad’s provocation (chapter 9). How did Job deflect Bildad’s harsh words? What can we learn and apply from Job’s response (9.1-5)?
  3. Is Job describing hell (10.21-22)? Why do some groups like the Jehovah Witnesses, annihilationists (believe that there’s no hell)?
  4. Bildad’s last words are found in chapter 25. None of the three friends spoke after this. Bildad’s words were constructed to be cutting and harsh, yet with New Testament light, his words (25.6) are in some ways quite profound (deep). Why?