- The living Word of God. Welcome to the final set of lessons for the first half of the year. As important as studying God’s word is to all of us, what is even more important? What power does God give us so that we can be wise in the support of His work? What immediate support do we receive when we study the Bible as we share what we have discovered in God’s Word?
- Learning from Jesus. Imagine sitting in a class taught by Jesus. Our lesson guide notes that Jesus knew Scripture by heart. He held the entire Bible in His memory along with an abundance of supporting truth. Without that blessing in His heart, could Jesus have stayed on the safe side of His life on earth? Share some ways that Jesus was the “Word of God made flesh.” Have you ever been able to overcome sin when armed with the power of God’s Word?
- Jesus versus Scripture? How did Jesus use the Old Testament to provide strength and durability to His own ministry on earth? Or did He? What could have been dangerous about differences in teaching and example as presented in Scripture compared with methods used by Jesus? Let’s put that in a harder way. Did Jesus ever disagree with Scripture? Or find fault in its contents? What truths or examples of the Christian life does the Old Testament contain that apply only to life before Jesus’ ministry?
- Quiet times with the Word of God. Do you ever find yourself alone with nothing in your life except communion with God? What is the overall impression you carry with you when you experience such a time? Psalm 37:7; Psalm 46:10; and Psalm 62:1, 2, 5 are beautiful examples. In your imagination choose a place, indoors or outside, where you can go to pray and draw close to God. Then make what you imagined real. Spend time with Jesus and share your joy, as appropriate, with others.
- Memory and Song. Our lesson concludes with a strong recommendation to commit the most refreshing and inspiring Bible texts and songs to memory. If you haven’t done so already, try putting tunes to verses of Scripture and memorizing the resulting “Scripture Songs.” Then there are hymns we sing at church that bless us with portions of Scripture. During these times of darkness in physical suffering and evil forces trying to divert us from joy and thanksgiving, let’s join in asking God to be especially close to us. He wants to be our “forever Friend,” and that’s what we want, too, isn’t it?