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1 Thessalonians 4 Answers

1 Thessalonians 4 Answers

SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER

1Thessalonians 4:1-18
Key Verse: 4:17, 18

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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1. What instructions did Paul give to the Christians in Thessalonians (1, 2)?

“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.”

They were previously instructed how to live in order to please God. Paul is continuing to urge them to live this way amongst the physical temptations in Thessalonica.

Why should Christians be sanctified (3a) (Lev. 19:2)?

“ It is God’s will that you should be sanctified:”

“2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

Christians are called to be sanctified in their living—continually becoming like Christ—which is the ultimate hope and goal of all believers in Christ. Living a holy life is a testimony amongst unbelievers—in some cases better than a sermon or bible study lesson. Therefore it is God’s will that Christians live a holy life.

What does it mean “being sanctified?”

Sanctification is the process of becoming holy—which is one of God’s defining characteristics. It makes sense that Apostle Paul would be calling people to holiness in Christ.

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Mark 1:41-Answers

Mark 1:41-Answers

“I AM WILLING, BE CLEAN!”

Mark 1:40-45

Key Verse: 1:41

Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

1. Who came to Jesus (40a)? What are the symptoms of leprosy, and how had this disease affected him physically, socially and spiritually (Lev 13:45-46; 2Ch 26:16-21)?

Short story but very deep meaning. Compare leprosy to sin. When we first commit sin it hurts but after a while we become numb. Severe suffering.

2. How did he approach Jesus, and what did he believe about Jesus (40b)?

He believed that Jesus could heal him – make him clean. Jesus power and authority from God. Came on his knees humbly because he did not announce his presence and actually was supposed to stay away.
When he saw others healed he knew that Jesus could heal him. He saw that Jesus healed all those who came to him. Why did he say, “If you are willing…”? By faith depending on Jesus’ mercy and showed how we can go to Jesus–just as we are.

What can you learn here about coming to Jesus?

In our sin it is important to remember that Jesus will accept us.

3. Read verse 41.1 How did Jesus respond?

He reached out and touched the man. Personal engagement with this man. Not just corporate healing. Deliberately reached out and touched him. Close relationship before healing. (Jesus is only one who can touch lepers – he can’t get leprosy – he touches us and we get better) To know God. Restore Genesis 1:25.

What is the significance of Jesus’ reaching out and touching the man?

What do Jesus’ words “I am willing…Be clean!” tell us about Jesus?

Love the words “I am willing” not out of obligation – it pleased him – he was glad to do it. So dear to me not a burden to touch you. God’s willing heart. When God’s servant willing serves he is really happy. (like testimony writing) Glad willing. Luke 15 the prodigal son. When we take even one step. Be clean – solved the physical sin problem – needed to be restored and be useful to the kingdom of God and the community. No one can heal this – but Jesus with one word – clean in the sight of God. God wants to restore God’s image to us. Always cleanses that sin sickness before God. I love the power of Jesus blood that enables me to stand before the living God.

What result did Jesus’ touch and words have on the man (42)?

4. What strong warning did Jesus give the man, and why (43-44a)?

Do not tell anyone – if he did Jesus’ plan to preach the gospel would be hindered. Jesus’ strong warning means he really wanted him not to tell.

What instructions did Jesus give (44b)?

Offer the sacrifices as Moses commanded him. (see 1:21) Honor the Lord and the law. Jesus would of course obey all of God’s law. Initially the man was out in lonely places – ultimately Jesus ended up in the lonely places. Willing to bear this in order to heal the man.

What was the meaning of going to the priest and offering sacrifices as a testimony to them (Lev 14:2, 8, 19-20)?

5. What did the man do instead, and how did it impact Jesus’ ministry (45)?

How he came to Jesus was admirable – but how he handled grace was not admirable. Like the paralyzed man at the pool in John 4. We should listen to Jesus after we receive his grace. What can we learn here about how to respond after receiving Jesus’ grace? This is sanctification – we need to continue to listen to Jesus – else we remain childish and spiritually immature – causing the Lord grief.

Mark 1:38-Answers

Mark 1:38-Answers

THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME

Mark 1:16-39
Key Verse: 1:38

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

1. What is the significance of Jesus calling disciples from the beginning (16-17, 19-20a)?

We know where they lived, what their job was and how they were related.

What does “Come, follow me…” mean?

But we learn Jesus’ purpose by calling men to fishers of men. (Calling disciples, driving out evil spirits, healing sick people, setting a priority of prayer)
Clear priority direction to Jesus. He will lead and we will follow. He is determines the purpose. Very serious calling from Jesus it is life changing radical step.

What promise did Jesus make and how does this give hope and direction (17b) ?

Jesus showed from the beginning of a plan he had a plan during his life and for beyond his earthly life. Jesus is focused on this purpose (verse 38). Some days were intense some were lighter but always had this mission on his mind. His ministry was short (3+ years) but changed the world/upside down.

What can we learn from their response (18,20b)?

Jesus gives a condition and a promise – promise he will fulfill (Acts and entire testify to that promise) Gives a clear purpose of what followers of Jesus should be doing. Invitation to a glorious new life knowing Jesus (follow me). Privilege to be with the Messiah is great.

They took this great grace and opportunity and held with great value. By faith taking the calling relying upon God. Given their life work from Jesus – have a relationship with Jesus. It was a very honest response to Jesus’ call.

2. What did Jesus do in Capernaum, and how did people respond (21-22)?

Jesus honored the Sabbath. Went to the Synagogue – began to teach. People were amazed at his teaching.

Why was Jesus’ teaching different from the teachers of the law?

He taught as one who had authority. Jesus had the authority to speak in the way he did authority to bring the kingdom. Perhaps missing or devoid so when they heard it they were amazed.

What can we learn here about who Jesus is and where his authority comes from?

Jesus could speak in accordance with God. Perhaps teachers lost mission or focus and could not speak with authority.

Jesus’ authority comes from God. He can speak authoritatively about God. Jesus’ teaching connected people with God, led to repentance, and to know that god cares about them. What people really need most (be restored in relationship with God). Without God’s word we don’t know the meaning of existence. Word of God gives all of these things.


3. How did a demon-possessed man respond to Jesus’ teaching (23-24)?

Responded by crying out at Jesus in the middle of Synagogue. Demons fear judgment so they cried out. Perhaps there were many demon possessed people.

Demon tried to distract by revealing Jesus’ true nature. Perhaps demon was latent in person only roused when Jesus spoke. Here we can see the enemy is the evil spirit working to harm you but not take credit but blame God.

How did Jesus deal with him (25-26)?

Rebuked him and with authority drove him out. There was no choice.

How did people respond (27-28)?

No one like Jesus who gave orders to evil spirits. Amazing.

What does this further demonstrate about Jesus’ authority?

God has authority over visible and invisible angles and demons. Jesus as God the Son is revealed here.

4. In what ways was Jesus’ visit to Peter’s house a blessing (29-31)?

Jesus healed her from a serious fever. Peter’s mother-in-law was grateful and helped and take care of them. Jesus also came with them to Peter’s house. Jesus has a relationship-living with them in their home. Compassion to a woman who has a fever.

Why did the people come to him after sunset (32)?

After dark, after end of Sabbath they brought tall the sick and demon possessed to Jesus. Drove out many demons and didn’t let them speak. Compassion goes beyond human limits. We see the heart of God through Jesus. Jesus’ great compassion is a repeated theme in Mark’s gospel.

How did Jesus minister to them (33-34a)?

Not only proclaims the message – fulfills the message in practical ways that people can feel. Diseases of the mind, spirit, and body – Jesus wants to heal.

Why didn’t he let the demons speak about him (34b)?

5. What did Jesus do early the next morning (35)?

Jesus engaged in prayer. Got up early and went to find a clear area.


What can we learn from Jesus about the importance of prayer?

But others saw the work at hand, good deed of healing being importance of prayer. To focus on the aspects he came for. Stay in constant prayer and focus with God. In ministry direction is so important.

What might Simon and his companions have expected from Jesus (36-37)?

6. Read verse 38. What did Jesus teach his disciples about his purpose in coming?

His purpose was to come and preach the kingdom of God.

What practical impact did this have on their immediate ministry (39)?

Jesus’ purpose from his own words – why he came from God. Left somewhere he had great success and went to another place to preach. Here is a vision of the kingdom. The entire world could be considered a “nearby village” focused on preaching the gospel.

How did this express Jesus’ vision to spread the kingdom?

In the end do what God wants us to do.

Mark 1:1- Answers

Mark 1:1- Answers

THE BEGINNING OF THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS

Mark 1:1-11

Key Verse: 1:1

“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, …”

1. Read verse 1. What is this book about?

This book is about a new beginning. Everything is new when we receive Jesus. No matter what has happened in the past, in Jesus it is a new beginning. Mark wanted to share his gospel to help bring people to see the new beginning of life in Christ and the joy that it brings. About Good news, the gospel. The word gospel is German for good news. This book tells us who Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God is and what that means for us.

What do the two titles mentioned here tell us about Jesus? (Gen 3:15, Isa 53:5-6, Micah 5:2)

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.”” “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.””

The term Messiah means he is the one promised by God to redeem his people in the Old Testament. The Messiah would make everything right for them spiritually and before God. It was the fulfillment of God’s promises. Son of God means that he is in very nature God–Not just one sent by God. His coming is the good news—that the almighty God came to save his people as he promised.

Why is it important that the gospel began with prophecy (2-3)?

This book is about Jesus’ existence to the Jewish people and God’s promise that is fulfilled.

These are the steps laid out by God so that the people may recognize the Messiah and it gives the people a chance to listen to this messenger and prepare their hearts.

What does this tell us about God?

It tells us that the Lord is merciful and prepares the way with very clear instructions. The Gospel did not appear out of thin air. It came from the Old Testament scripture – it came from thee unchanging God of the Bible who is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. His word is the eternal truth.

What is the significance of the role of the Lord’s messenger? (Mal 4)

“ “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction” John the Baptist as the messenger is meant to reveal the Messiah to the people. John could have done many things but he did exactly what the Lord told him to do.

2. What did John the Baptist preach (4)?

“And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” John preached a baptism of repentance with water for forgiveness of sins. Everyone knew they had sins—so why preach publically calling for repentance? Without someone preaching the Message – nothing happens. Hearing the call to repent and the promise of forgiveness of sins is the first step to move the hearts of those seeking God.

How did the people respond to John (5)?

“ The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” In hyperboly many people (the entire country side) confessed their sins. Many people’s hearts had gone astray from the Lord so that when the call came many hearts were burdened almost eager to repent and receive forgiveness of sins.

Why do people need to repent?

Some bold people think they do not need to repent for they have not done anything wrong. But

sin is the one thing that separates us from God. People cannot come to God without repentance.

How does this prepare the way for the Lord? (2 Cor 5:17, Zechariah 3:1-4)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”” Receiving forgiveness removes old sins and wounds that hinder us before God. Once we repent of our sins we have an open heart before God instead of a closed heart. With an open heart we can receive God’s word and his will and directions for our life. To be clear of our sins we can receive his Son and understand what is pleasing to him and what we should now do with our lives.

3. How might John’s pure life and personal piety have affected the response to his message (6; Lk 1:17; 2 Ki 1:8)?

“ John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”” “They replied, “He had a garment of hair[a] and had a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.””

John the Baptist lived very humbly in the desert much as Elijah had lived before. His message was not distracted by other issues. There were not side issues coming in between or distracting from the message—in fact we don’t quite even know at what location in the Jordan River John baptized. His ministry was that focused on pointing others to Christ.

How did John’s message witness to Jesus (7-8)?

“7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with[f] the Holy Spirit.”” John continually pointed to Jesus the Messiah because he understood the nature of the Messiah who would come. John continually said, “One will come even greater than I…” This was in regards to the Spirit. What can we learn from him? Here very clearly John was telling us that in the New Testament all people will receive the Holy Spirit as the baptism of the Messiah will be with the Holy Spirit.

Why do we need Jesus’ baptism? (John 7:37-39, Romans 8:1-4)

“37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[c] 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Baptism makes us new before God. Baptism of the Spirit is needed to stand before God. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is only thing that can change the old nature to a new nature and regenerate us from sinners into Holy people. We really can be new through the work of the Holy Spirit. Everyone wishes to start over in life—through the Spirit we can.

4. How does Jesus’ baptism by John prepare him to begin his ministry (9)?

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” We know that John’s baptism was a baptism of forgiveness of sins, but Jesus did not have any sins. At first glance this seems strange. Jesus showed his servant nature and humbled himself to be baptized under a man of God’s calling.

This showed that God was validating the work of John the Baptist and that John came from God. This also showed that Jesus as a “man” set an example by fulfilling the requirements that believers undergo baptism. This shows that Jesus is in harmony with the Father. Jesus has the proper baptism and officially has the ministry passed from John to himself.

What is the significance of heaven opening and the Spirit descending on Jesus (10)?

“10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.” God alone validated Jesus before the people. God showed his approval of Jesus and that he was sent by God and chosen by God. Jesus was revealed to all those who were there. Heaven does not open for ordinary people showing that Jesus is no ordinary Messiah.

Why is it important that he was affirmed as the beloved, pleasing Son of God by a voice from heaven (11)?

“11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.””

Here we see the love relationship with God and the Son. All through Jesus’ ministry we see this relationship as the power source of his ministry. In the Christian’s life it too is the power source as well. This is an intimate exchange between Father and Son. Baptism is sign of Obedience to the Father and through his baptism God is pleased with him. The concept of the Trinity is hard to understand but the concept of a Father to Son relationship is something we can understand.

Acts 28:30,31 Answers

Acts 28:30,31 Answers

GOD’S WORK IN MALTA AND BIBLE STUDY IN ROME
Acts 28:1-31 Key Verse: 28:30,31

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1. Read 28:1-6. What kind of reception did they receive in Malta?
The people of Malta welcomed the shipwrecked people and showed them unusual kindness and built them shelters to keep them out of the rain.

When the people saw the snake hanging from Paul’s hand, what did they conclude?

Based on their Greek religion – they thought of this as a kind of cosmic justice—notice capital Justice – like an impersonal force or Karma. That because of the snake bite must have been justice. This seemed logical and natural to them.

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Acts 27:24 Answers

Acts 27:24 Answers

COURAGE IN THE STORM

Acts 27:1-44 K.V.: 27:24, 25

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1. Read verses 1-12. Who was with Paul on the ship?

Julius the Centurion, some other prisoners, most importantly Luke and Aristarchus – two fellow believers who sacrificed their freedom to follow God’s mission to help Paul preach the gospel.

What was their final destination?

They were sailing to Rome.

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Acts 26:17 Answers

Acts 26:17 Answers

Do You Believe The Prophets?
Acts 25-26, KV 26:27
“King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

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1. Summarize the events of chapter 24.

Paul stood on trial before Governor Felix and the religious leaders. Paul was not afraid. He was bold because he had an eternal hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because he had an eternal hope in the resurrection the priority of his actions were not for self-preservation but for the kingdom of God.

After 2 years and a new Roman governor, what can you learn about the religious leader’s and the governors motives? (Acts 23:20-21, 24:1,5-8, 25:10) (John 8:39)

“He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.””

“Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.”

10 Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well.”

“39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would[a] do what Abraham did.”

Here we can see that actions speak louder than words. What we do is really what we believe and what is actually important to us. Though Rome claimed to have a high regard for law and citizen’s rights here we see governors not doing the right thing. Also the religious leaders were not focused on spiritual issues but focused for 2 years on killing Paul. Here we see Paul though was obedient like Abraham who obeyed God and carried out his will.

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Acts 24:21 Answers

Acts 24:21 Answers

Paul’s Trial before Felix – Our hope concerning the resurrection of the dead

Acts 24:1-27 KV:21
1. Summarize the previous passage’s events (23).

In the previous passage Paul was on trial for his belief in the resurrection of the dead. During the ensuing riot Paul became fearful and lost sight of the vision the Lord had given him. The Lord visited him and told him to take courage. This enabled Paul to see his purpose again and overcome his fear. Paul also experienced God’s sovereignty by seeing the Lord use the Roman army to escort Paul on his way to Rome.

Who accompanied the High Priest to the trial (1)?

“Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor. ”

A lawyer named Tertullus was employed by the high priests to argue the case in a Roman court.

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Acts 21:1-16 Answers

Acts 21:1-16 Answers

To die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus
Acts 21:1-16
KV 13

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1. Who had Paul met with in the previous chapter (20:17) and who did he commit them to (20:32)?

“From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.”

“ “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

Apostle Paul had met with the Ephesian Elders and had committed them to God and the grace of his word. God’s word is the only thing that can build the church up. It is the only thing that can make the weak strong, the old new, the broken whole again. Paul believed in God’s promises and committed the church to God.

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Acts 16:16-40 Answers

Acts 16:16-40 Answers

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved!

Acts 16:16-40
KV 31

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1. How was the female slave described (16) (Leviticus 19:26)?

“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.”

Leviticus 19:26
““‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. “‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.”

She was described as being possessed by a spirit, by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money in this way for her owners but not for herself. Basically she was abused by her owners for prophet but had no concern for her condition.

When she followed Paul for a few days what was his reaction (Matthew 17:18) (17-18)?

“She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved. She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.””

Matthew 17:18
“Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.”

Paul turned and drove out the demon after the slave girl followed them around for many days.

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