Week One:

Click to view Video:  Offshore, Session 1

Session 1 Notes:

Doctrine is the teaching of our _____________,revealed in __________, and transmitted to us by the __________ in the Holy Scriptures, and it is to be received, confessed and followed for the glory of _____________.

A shorter definition of doctrine is this – teaching ______ God, _______ God that _________ us to the glory of God.

Doctrine gives us incredible ________ to fight ____

Doctrine gives us incredible _________ to live for

Titus 2:14-15 Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all _________________ for himself a people for his own possession who are ________________15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

we don’t get saved by the gospel and _________ – we get saved by the gospel and _________

Titus 3:1-3 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

Titus 3:9-11 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Doctrine leads to _____

Belief leads to _______ 

Discussion Questions:

  • If you came to faith in Christ as an adult talk about what your life looked like before you built it on the truth of God’s Word?
  • What specific beliefs and/or behaviors changed once you believed what God said about God?
  • Why must we renounce sinful passions before being able to live a life that glorifies God?
  • Tell of an older person in your life that left a distinct impression on your life by living out one of the qualities in Titus.
  • Paul was a mentor to both Titus and Timothy. He didn’t just  preach doctrine he lived it out in a mentoring role. Who are you mentoring and how are you being blessed in that relationship?
  • Read Matt 7:22-27 and describe what life looks like when a person builds their life on God’s truth and what it looks like when a person doesn’t build their life on God’s truth?

Session 1 Answers:

Doctrine is the teaching of our Heavenly Father,revealed in Jesus Christ, and transmitted to us by the Holy Spirit in the Holy Scriptures, and it is to be received, confessed and followed for the glory of God’s name.

A shorter definition of doctrine is this – teaching from God, about God that directs us to the glory of God.

Doctrine gives us incredible power to fight sin

Doctrine gives us incredible purpose to live for

Titus 2:14-15 Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

we don’t get saved by the gospel and move on – we get saved by the gospel and go deeper

Titus 3:1-3 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

Titus 3:9-11 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Doctrine leads to deeds

Belief leads to behavior 

Week Two

 

Session Two Notes and Discussion Questions: 

Inerrancy Off shore: Deeper water, Bigger Fish

 

Simply put—inerrancy means the Bible is true. We can believe that the word of God is free of errors and is completely true in all ways.

 

Complexity of the Scriptures

  • The Bible is one of the most complex, holistic, multi-generational, multi-cultural books that has ever been written.

  • Three Languages. Fifteen hundred years. More than 40 authors. On three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe).

 Do you understand the mere miracle alone it takes for all the Bible to cohesively fit together?

 

This weekend, we learned that we can trust the Bible—the whole Bible.

If you can’t trust part of the Bible, what part of the Bible can you trust?

Scripture is objective, absolute truth.

 

God has no responsibility to make himself known. Yet in His goodness, grace, and love for us, He reveals Himself.

 

Unfortunately, we tend to know more about the Bible than we actually know the Bible.

 

If God has revealed Himself to us primarily through the Bible, and the Bible can be trusted… WE MUST STUDY THE BIBLE.

 

 

Give five steps for becoming a better student of the Bible today

1. First, we must always __________________________________________________________________________ .

2. Second, we have to ______________________________________________________________________________________ .

3. Third, we must __________________________________________________.                                                                     

  • Questions to ask to help you get more out of your Bible reading:

    • Does the passage contain any repeated words or phrases?

    • Does the passage raise or answer any questions?

    • Does the passage present a problem and/or a solution?

    • What, if anything, do I not understand?

    • What is the tone of the passage?

    • Does the text contain any commands, warnings, or promises?

    • What contrasts or comparisons exist in the passage?

    • What illustrations does the writer use?

    • Is advice being given and/or received?

    • What are the Bible characters attitudes?

    • Are an Old Testament quotes used in a New Testament passage?

    • What powerful verbs are being used in the passage? (I.e., transformed, justified, interceded, etc.)

    • Does anything unusual stick out to you about the passage?

    • What truths or facts are being implied or inferred?

 

 4. Fourth, we need to _______________________________________________________________ .

                                                                                                      

  • Questions to help discover the meaning of the text:

    • Why did the writer say this?

    • Why is this important?

    • What is the context?

    • What are similar Scriptural passages? (Cross-references)

    • What did it mean the first time it was used?

    • How often is it repeated?

    • How did the readers respond?

    • What does a commentary say?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • Always go back to ______________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

5. Finally, make sure _____________________________________________________________________.

                                                                                                                

Our goal is not to master God’s Word, but rather                                                                                    .

 

Psalm 119:162

I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

You too will be deeply blessed and begin to greatly rejoice when you not only grasp to the fact that God’s Word is true, but you allow it to permeate your life and soul.

 

Suggested questions:

What are some Biblical passages that on the surface are hard to believe?

 

How can you allow your faith to overcome your doubts?

  

What are some Biblical passages that are used out of context?

https://entreatingfavor.com/misused-bible-verses/

  • This website is an example of many common verses and how they should be used. 

What are some methods of Bible study you’ve used to go deeper in Scripture?

Why is it so important to discover the meaning of the passage prior to applying it?

Session Two Answers:

1. remember that Bible study doesn't come naturally

2. dedicate ourselves to the discipline of reading the Bible

3. read Scripture for all it is worth

4. discover the original meaning of the text

    The major theme of Scripture - the honor and glory of God

5. make sure the application matches the meaning

   to be mastered by it

 

Week Three

 

Session Three Notes

 

Read Gen 3:1-7 first

 

What are some of your youngest memories as a sinner?

I can remember doing something in Kindergarten I knew was wrong –still remember them.

 

At the end of creation God said it was very good – but it didn’t stay very good for very long - in fact, it all went very wrong when sin entered the picture.

 

As I set out to study the doctrine of sin I prepared to be beat up but when I was done rather than feeling beat up I simply felt like I had a real, good, hard, tough work out. I don’t know about you but they actually feel kind of good because perhaps you are making progress and I think after this workout we can really build some spiritual muscle.

 

Sin is any feeling, thought, speech or action that comes from a heart that does not treasure God over all other things.

 

(You have already done some reading in Gen 3: 1–7)

 

Eve bites in and Adam backs up

Eve’s sin was commission and Adam’s was omission and then when she doesn’t keel over he joins her in the sin of commission.

 

Commission is doing the things we ______________________________ and omission is __________________________ the things we should.

 

Then what immediately enters into the picture is ______________ and _______________.

 

They immediately cover themselves up from each other and from God.

Mankind has been hiding sin ever since

Job 31:33 NASV Have I covered my transgressions like Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom?

 

Then Adam and Eve immediately repent – No way! They start blaming.

 

Because of Adams sin we have:

_____________________ sin (original sin) – from Adam the rest of humanity is ___________________________________. Psalm 51:5

 

__________________ sin – Adam’s _______ and ____________ is _______________________ to us and our standing before God is broken – because our sin and guilt was imputed on Jesus at the cross and thereby Jesus enabled righteousness to be imputed to the sinner as a Christian.

 

Today what I want us to break down is a thought that I quite honestly had never given much thought prior to my prep for this study.

 

One of the worst things about sin is that we often respond to it sinfully!

 

My list is in no way exhaustive but let me share with you 7 ways we respond to sin sinfully:

 

  • _________________________ it – often by comparing my sin to others

  •     _________________________ it – my sin is different from others and God in His grace actually used it for good we say – so we see the sin as a virtue and not as the vice it really is.
  •  _________________________ it – because of extenuating circumstances we think it is ok – we wear people down with our motives and the conditions trying to get them to sympathize.
  •  _____________ shift – Eve blamed Satan and Adam blamed Eve and God.
  •  _______________________ – we were just joking, they misunderstood us, they hurt my feelings – we change the topic so we don’t have to repent.
  •  _________________ confession – rather than thoroughly telling all that we have done we only tell parts – too much pride - a partial truth is a whole lie.
  •  Confession without ________________________ – acknowledge our sin but don’t show remorse or ask for forgiveness – Jesus died for our sin so we need to crucify it.

 

Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from being a Christian – it is a prerequisite.

 

What we must do is take what was broken in the first Adam and discover what is healed in the second Adam.

 

We need a new heart with a new birth and a new nature.

 

Let Jesus forgive us of our sin and then help us walk in victory over our sin.

 

Session Three Discussion Questions:

 

  • What is the first specific sin you remember committing in your childhood? 

  • If sin is not treasuring God above all else, what does it look like to treasure God above all else?

  • When you sin do you tend toward sins of omission or sins of commission? 

  • Not that you would ever do any of the following sins, but what do you believe are the top three sins Christians commonly commit? (Write down your answers before sharing and then see if what you wrote down is common among what others wrote down.) 

  • Why do you think Adam and Eve went straight to blame and shame? When our sins are made public, do you think our “go to’s” are blame and shame? If so, why? 

  • Why do you think that most often we respond to sin, sinfully? 

  • Give three great ways to overcome sin. (Write your answers down before sharing. Include any Bible verses that you think apply.)

Session Three Answers:

should not do

not doing

blame

shame

Inherited

born in sin

Imputed sin

sin and guild

attributed

Minimize

Legitimize

Rationalize

Blame

Diversion

Partial

repentance

 

Week Four

 

Session Four Notes:

 

Deity of Christ

 

Read Phil. 2:5-11

 

The Scriptures from cover to cover declare the story of Jesus—all of which are confirming the same message. Jesus is God. In the beginning, He was, He was with God, and He was God Himself (John 1:1). From eternity past through eternity future, Jesus has co-existed equal with the Father and the Spirit and has never become more or less God.

 

Interestingly, some people cannot comprehend the fact that He indeed is deity. This conclusion comes from the fact that the historicity of Jesus’ earthly existence is nearly undeniable. As a result, they have to reconcile the fact that He existed, yet He must not have actually been God.

 

This week in group, we will consider how history, Scripture, and sound reasoning all confirm the Deity of Christ.

 

 1. History Lays the ________________________________

 

Here are their conclusions:

  • Jesus never claimed to be God.

  • Jesus’ followers made Him to be God, He didn’t.

  • In order to save face, they stole His body from the tomb after the crucifixion and then falsified the story of His resurrection.

  • As a result, the theory is that folklore abounded as a result of the disciples’ efforts to prove the world wrong (and themselves right.)

 

Historical facts:

  • It’s historically confirmed that Jesus existed, died on the cross, was buried in the tomb, and the tomb was empty three days later. Secular historians confirm this in addition to Biblical authors.

  • It’s historically confirmed that the disciples believed (or acted as if they believed) that Jesus resurrected.

  • Paul, an incredible solidified figure in history, made a very dramatic conversion to Christianity from a life of persecuting the church—post resurrection.

  • Yet non-Christian historians who recognize these three historical facts do not reconcile them by the reason of Christ’s resurrection—instead they create absurd and ludicrous theories to explain away the actions of these historical accounts.

 

 

 2. Scripture explains the __________ and ____________ of the Deity of Christ.

 

Discuss

Hypostatic Union

  • In the early few centuries following Christ’s life, the church fathers would gather in the form of councils (Nicea, Trent, etc) to confirm the doctrine taught by Scripture.

  • They didn’t create doctrine—they simply confirmed what the Bible taught.

  • In 451, the Council of Chalcedon convened to discuss the confusion of Christ being both fully God and fully man.

  • This council confirmed three truths:

    • Christ has two distinct natures: Deity and humanity

    • There is no mixture or intermingling of these natures - they stand alone.

    • Although He has two natures, He is one person.

  • Christ has always been God—co-eternal with the Father. At the incarnation, He added flesh (humanity) to His deity.

  • Prophecy of the OT

  • He made claims Himself

  • He received worship

 

Consider the claims from Scripture of Jesus as God. Discuss your favorite and why it lands with you.

 

 3. Sound reasoning confirms the juncture ____________________________ concerning the Deity of Christ.

 

  1. Consider the trilemma (CS Lewis)

    1. Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

    2. Jesus clearly taught and believed His own claims of deity.

    3. Therefore, the current popular trend that states Jesus was simply a “good, moral teacher” but nothing more is simply bogus.

    4. There’s no way He could be a “good, moral teacher” while knowingly allowing others apply claims of deity to Him without correction.

    5. As a result, He was either knowingly lying, insanely out of His mind, or truly the Lord. But He surely was not merely a “good, moral teacher.”

  2. How this is received by others (world religions, cults, nones)

    1. Those who believe Jesus was simply a moral teacher and/or prophet (Muslims, mormons, maybe nones etc.)

    2. Those who believe Jesus was a god, but not equal with God (Jehovah’s witnesses, Hindus)

    3. Those who don’t believe Jesus even existed (nones)

       

      Conclusion: Disciples died as martyrs. Each has the opportunity to recant and save his own life, but each chose not to. I understand trying to save face with a legend or folklore in your lifetime. However, no one in their right mind dies as a martyr for a lie—especially a lie you made up.

 

 

 

List of Biblical References for Deity of Christ

 

John 1:1-2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

 

Matthew 9:1-8

And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

 

Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

Matthew 16:16

16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 

1 John 4:15

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

 

Luke 18:38

38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 

John 2:13-22

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

 

Matthew 14:33

33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

John 20:28

28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

 

Acts 4:12

12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • Why do you think most skeptics will accept the facts that Jesus actually existed while not holding to the truth that He is God?

  • Have you ever upheld a half-truth to maintain your reputation or image? (For example, a rumor started in your favor and you went with it instead of correcting it.) If so, would you be willing to die for that lie?

  • What is a Biblical passage in reference to Christ as God that sticks out to you? (See attached list)

  • Is it easier to believe Jesus was God by faith or by facts? Why?