For the Christian
Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, April 1, 2001
The answers to all of these questions
can be found (1) in the Bible Lesson itself, (2) in the "Bible Lesson
study aid" at http://www.bibletexts.com/bl.htm,
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- In the Bible we read of "the Lord God," "the
Lord Jesus Christ," and often simply "the Lord." When reading
the New Testament, such as Bible citation #1, how can you determine who
is meant by "the Lord?"
- Where do "the Scriptures declare" that God
is "Life, Truth, Love," as mentioned in S&H citation
- To Solomon what was the relevant historical significance
of the town of Gibeon, which was mentioned in Bible citation #5?
- For what wisdom was Solomon known?
- As with many people who rose to greatness, Solomon also
had some personal weaknesses that ultimately showed a lack of wisdom. What
were some of those weaknesses, and what lessons can we learn from Solomon's
experience as a man and as a ruler?
- What type of consistent vigilance
does genuine "spiritual understanding" (Col 1:9 and mentioned
in S&H citation #6) include and require? (For help on this question,
- In the original Greek text of the New Testament, what
is the significance of the word translated in the KJV as "the
Comforter," in the NRSV as "the Advocate," and in
the TEV as "the Helper?" (For help
on this question, see http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/comforter.htm.)
- The Comforter is also described as "the Holy Ghost"
("the Holy Spirit") and as "the Spirit of truth." What
has been the value of this Comforter during the 20 centuries of the Christian
- Though Solomon was endowed with wisdom, he could have
been more spiritually vigilant in the interest of posterity. If we today
are genuinely endowed by the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, what spiritual
vigilance is required of us?
- From where is spiritual understanding derived? (For help
on this question, see S&H citation #11.)
- As mentioned in Bible citation #11, what kind of vigilance
is required when it comes "the perfect law of liberty" (NRSV:
"the perfect law, the law of liberty", TEV: "the
perfect law that sets people free")?
- As described in the New Testament, in Christ and in the
Holy Spirit, one is "the new man" (Eph 4:24, Col 3:10), the image
of God. (See also http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/image.htm.)
How is this different from man "in the flesh" (Rom 8:9)? (For
help with this question, see S&H citations #17 and #19. See
- How is "the old man" put off? (For help on
this question, see S&H citations #17 and #18.)
- Bible citation #15 tells us that Jesus taught the large
crowd "many things." Two major collections of Jesus' teachings
are found in the Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew) and the Sermon on the
Plain (in Luke). In what chapters in Matthew and Luke are these found?
Where are other New Testament collections of Jesus' teachings?
- As described in Bible citation #16, Jesus healed the
blind beggar named Bartimaeus. How did Jesus regularly prepare for Christian
healing and other activities? (See Mar 1:35; Mar 8:6; Luk 6:12.)
- How can we prepare ourselves to follow in the footsteps
of Christ Jesus in Christian healing? (For help with this question, see
S&H citations #21 through #25. Additional references can be
found at http://www.bibletexts.com/topics/christianhealing.htm.)
- As described by Paul in Bible citation #17, how are "truly
good qualities" produced in us?
- How can we stay prepared for those "truly good qualities"
and the reality of God, which accompany those qualities? (For help with
this question, see Bible citations #17 through #19, and S&H
citations #26 through #30.)
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