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Current Bible Study Topic Begins September 21, 2022  at 7PM:

“Nobodies for Jesus”

During this 14-week study, we will read about various unnammed people in the New Testament who became somebody for Jesus. We will discuss what they each teach us about ourselves and God. You can join us any Wednesday for the discussion. Find each week’s Scripture reading and discussion questions below:  

“Nobodies for Jesus”

(Material Revised from “Nobodies for Jesus” Book by Chuck Lawless)

Week 1: Read Mark 4:35-Mark 5:43

  • What do you believe about Jesus?
  • What amazes you most about Jesus’ miracles?
  • What miracles has Jesus performed for you?
  • Reflect on the time that Jesus saved you.  What amazed you about him then? 
  • If your wonder of Jesus has lessened over time, what do you think has contributed to this decline? 
  • List as many reasons as you can to be amazed by Jesus again.

Action Step: Send an email or a letter to two friends, telling them how amazing Christ has been in your life.  Get in the practice of speaking good words about Christ.

Week 2: Read Mark 1:40-45, 5:43

  • Re-read the texts about Jesus listed in these Scriptures and write down words that speak of wonder and amazement.  Focus on the response of the people.  
  • What personal thoughts also come to mind about these stories?
  • Answer “true” (T), “false” (F), or “uncertain” (U) about each of these statements:
  • _____ I tell others about Jesus often. _____
  • I am so amazed at Jesus that I am ready to go anywhere to tell others about him.
  • _____ I have lost my wonder about Jesus. 
  • When was the last time that you told somebody about Jesus?

Action Step:  Take a risk to tell someone about that wonder.  You might start with a believer, but then dare to speak to a non-believer as well. 

Week 3: Read Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 28:20

  • What does humility mean to you?
  • Why is it so difficult to be humble?
  • Where are you most challenged by today’s study? 
  • Is it hard to put God or others before yourself? If so, why?
  • In what areas of your life do you need to be humbler?
  • Who in your life needs to hear that the baby Jesus is also the King of kings and Lord of lords? What stops you from sharing that with them?

Action Step: Give someone a gift that is unexpected, a sincere compliment that you have neglected to share, or tell someone how they have been a gift to you.

Week 4: Read John 4:1-29, 39-42

  • Remember when you first felt overwhelmed by God’s love.  When was that in your life?   
  • List some words that describe God’s love for you.  Then list some words that describe your love for Him.  
  • God loves us, and we are to love him. Genuine love for Christ is marked by our obedience.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 meaning “not obedient at all” and 10 meaning “fully obedient”), where is your life today?  How much do you love Christ?
  • What is the biggest obstacle you face in being fully obedient to God?
  • What steps can you take to be more attentive to God and doing what He asks of you?
  • Action Step: Watch and listen for people whose hurting lives need living water.  Be courageous enough to ask them if you might pray for them and record their name for your prayer list. Make plans to keep in touch with them.

Week 5: Psalm 51:1-7, 1 John 1:9

  • Which of the images of God’s forgiveness is most inspiring to you?  Why?  
  • Describe a time when you were most certain of God’s forgiveness.
  • Is there someone or several people you need to forgive as God has forgiven you? 
  • What makes forgiving someone so difficult?
  • How might your resistance to forgiving have far-reaching implications in your life or the lives of those around you?
  • Action Steps: Decide to forgive anyone you need to forgive.  Ask for God’s help to forgive as He does. Memorize one of the Bible verses from this study.  Within the next week, quote the verse to someone who needs God’s forgiveness.

Week 6: Read Mark 6-8, John 17:9-17

  • What lessons of spiritual growth have been hard for you to learn? 
  • Which story/stories did you relate to most? Why?
  • Think of a time when God was patient with you. How have you learned from that lesson to be patient with yourself or others?
  • Have you given up on someone you’re trying to reach for Christ? If so, do you think God has given up?
  • Think of the person/people who have been patient, encouraging to you. How did that person/people help you to persevere?
  • Just as Jesus sent the disciples, what has God sent you to do?

Action Step: Think of someone who has seemingly stopped attending church. Lovingly seek to invite him/her to fellowship again with God’s people.

Week 7: Read Mark 5:21-34

  • Considering “Having heard about Jesus, she came behind him in the crowd and touched his robe.” (Mark 5:27) How do you think the unnamed hero who told her about Jesus felt about what happened to this woman?
  • Who is a hero who first told you about God/Jesus? How did that affect your life?
  • How easy is it for you to tell others about Jesus? If it seems hard, what prevents you from telling others?
  • Do you believe that God wants to use you to impact the lives of others? If not, why not? If so, how often are you intentionally and actively doing that?
  • When has God used you to touch someone else’s life? Were you recognized for it or not? How did either of those make you feel?

Action Steps: Do something good for someone else but do it anonymously. Spend some time praying for others, without addressing any of your own wants.  Ask God to focus your heart on others more than self.

Week 8: Philippians 3:4-6, 1 Timothy 1:12-17

  • How important are achievements to you?
  • List several of your achievements that others might consider significant. 
  • Go back and quote Paul’s words after each achievement stated above: “But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord” (Phil. 3:7-8a).  
  • What does living for Christ mean to you?
  • What Spiritual, eternal achievements have you accomplished?
  • Think about your level of activity in church.  Do you equate your religious “busyness” with efforts that can change eternity for someone? What activities will you begin that could have a lasting eternal value to others?

Action Step: Thank God for all of your achievements and pray about your commitment to choosing actions that only lead to eternal value.

Week 9: Mark 9:14-37

  • Define “greatness” as the world defines it. 
  • Think about believers that you consider to be “great” followers of Christ.  What characteristics best describe them? 
  • Check any of the statements that describe you today.
  • _____ I am not as dependent on Christ as I should be.
  • _____ Sometimes I want to be great in the eyes of the world.
  • _____ I am learning to trust God as a child trusts a parent.
  • _____I struggle reaching out to needy, hurting people.
  • _____ I am willing to go whenever, wherever, and to whomever Jesus wants me to go.
  • What can you do learn to trust God more?
  • Why does it matter if we trust God all the way or part of the way?
  • Think about an area in your life where you trust God “part of the way.”
  • What steps do you need to take to trust Him “all the way”?

Action Steps: List all the areas of your life where you need to trust God more. Share with someone why you trust God so much.

Week 10: Luke 22:31-62

  • In the steps of Peter’s fall, where do you most often find yourself? 
  • In what ways are we tempted to compromise our commitment to God?
  • What steps can you take to avoid a fall? 
  • Maybe the steps below will help you:

Admit your dependence on God.

Pray without ceasing.

Seek God’s wisdom every day.

Be aware of first steps in the wrong direction. Stop there.

If you fall, immediately admit your sin, and turn back to God.

  • Define “grace” as you understand it.  When was the last time that you told somebody about the power of God’s grace in your life? 

Action Step: Using the prayer below, spend time allowing God to point out the sin in your life.  Allow the Spirit of God to cleanse you so that you want to give testimony of His grace.  Ask God to give you the opportunity to speak to others about His grace.

Prayer: “God, show me my sin, and then let me live in your grace. Make your grace amazingly real to me.  Amen.”

Week 11: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

  • Do you think God uses unanswered prayers to help us? In what ways?
  • What purpose(s) do unanswered prayers serve?
  • What is your response to the concept of brokenness? 
  • Why would God want to break you?
  • How do you usually respond to being broken by God?
  • Do you believe that brokenness might be an expression of God’s love for you? 
  • How has God used the circumstances of life to break you in the past? 
  • In what ways did the breaking lead to something greater in your life?

Action Step: Pray, “Lord, make me weak so I might always depend on you.” Share how God used an unanswered prayer to your benefit with someone else who seems broken.

Week 12: Romans 9:1-3

  • Paul was concerned and filled with grief for his people because they were not saved. Who are the people in your life that need Christ?
  • In what ways can you help them know about God/Christ?
  • Would you be willing to be “cursed” or rejected so others might be saved? 
  • Are you willing to give up yourself for the sake of others?
  • Do you have a burden or concern for those who don’t know Christ?
  • What stops you from acting on that concern?
  • List some ways that you are willing to share Christ with others.

Action Step: Pray: “God, I need your help to love people so much I would give myself up for them. Give me that kind of burden for others.”

Week 13: ROMANS 10:1

  • Why should we pray for others to become believers?
  • How strong has been your focus on praying for others to follow Christ? 
  • Who prayed for you to become a believer?
  • How long do you think they prayed for you to become a believer?
  • How long would you pray for another person/group to become believers?
  • For whom will you begin praying today? What specific person? What specific people group?
  • Besides praying, how else can you help someone become a believer?

Action Steps: Pray daily for others to become believers. Ask for God’s guidance and the opportunities to share Christ with others.

Week 14: Acts 26:4-18

  • How did you first hear about Jesus?
  • Who helped you become a believer?
  • List the most amazing things that Jesus has done for you.
  • If you were to tell your story to someone today, who would that person likely be?  
  • What actions will you continue take to be a “nobody for to Jesus”?
  • Following Paul’s example in Acts 26:5-18, tell somebody your story:
  1. What my life was like before meeting Christ
  2. How I knew I needed to follow Christ
  3. How I came to know Christ
  4. What my life has been like since meeting Christ

Conclusion:

Nobodies don’t have to have all the answers. They just need to know THE answer.

Nobodies don’t have to be preachers. They need only to be Christians.

Nobodies don’t have to have training, though training is good. They only have to have a story. Their story, written by God.

Nobodies don’t strive for fame. They are consumed only by talking about Jesus.

Nobodies aren’t worried about living. They are willing to die for the sake of others.

They tell the story of Jesus because they are nobodies overwhelmed by the love of their Creator.

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