If you and/or your small group like to take notes, feel free to fill out the following study guide during the video interview. This will also help prepare you for the final exam at the end of the OLOGY series. To distribute this study guide to your small group, you can either:
Discuss these questions before watching the video interview.
1. A couple of weeks ago, Bryan shared about the 5 Revival Values and introduced the first one: When we testify to what God has done, it releases the power for God to do it again. Before we start, share how you’ve seen God move in the past week.
2. On a scale that runs from “I read and reflect on Scripture everyday” to “I think I have a bible somewhere covered with dust”, how would you describe your current use of the Bible?
3. What part of the Bible do you have the most trouble accepting or discussing with others?
4. What questions have you experienced or encountered denying or questioning the trustworthiness of the Bible?
Discuss these questions after watching the video.
1. Have someone in your group read Romans 15:4 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
a. Discuss the purpose of Scripture?
b. How does the Bible stand apart from other religions that claim to have additional writings that are authoritative and contain revelation from God on par with Scripture?
c. The word authoritative has both positive and negative connotations. What does it mean when we say the Scripture is authoritative?
d. Dr. Blomberg says, “The Bible, when it’s understood correctly has authority in our life. If it tells us to do something, we submit to it and do it. If it tells us to believe something, then we adopt those beliefs.” How does the authority of Scripture inform your personal walk with Christ?
2. Paul commands that we “greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16, 2 Corinthians 13:12).
a. Why do we understand this command to be a situational and not a timeless command from the Bible?
b. Discuss how you have seen this played out or what its equivalent might look like today.
c. What are some ways that we can determine whether a command is situational vs. timeless?
3. What different versions of the bible do you have in your group? How did you pick the version you are using now?
4. How did you respond to Dr. Blomberg’s assertion that one cannot be a Christian and reject the Old Testament?
5. Luke 7:22 declares that Jesus fulfills the prophecy found in Isaiah 35:4-6. Read these passages as a group.
a. What is your experience or comfort level with the miraculous? Explain.
b. Do you have a personal testimony of a miracle in your own life or witnessing a miracle in someone else’s life?
c. How do miracles affirm the presence of the Kingdom of God?
1. If the Bible is the Word of God as Christians claim it is, what are the implications for your own life?
2. How would you characterize the way you tend to read Scripture (for information, for healing, to hear God)?
3. Think about how and when the Scriptures have been the voice of God to you? What are some steps you can take over this next week to open yourself to hearing from God through the Bible?
If your group would like to prepare for next week’s topic on Eschatology (the end times), please click below to access the preparatory questions.
You can distribute these questions to your participants by either emailing them the link or you can print and hand out the questions at then of this week’s small group.