Lesson 25

Jesus explained those who love God, like a good son, would obey him and be blessed. Christians are precious to him; we are his future children. He gives us life through his word of truth so we can be born again and resurrected when Jesus comes back for us. We should always be eager to study, learn and listen to God’s words of life. We must put what we learn into practice, not just think about it, being careful not to pollute the teachings of God with foreign beliefs or rationalize his words until they mean nothing. Most Christian denominations believe the Bible is the truth of God. Which doctrines do you think have been added or subtracted from the Bible? Which scriptures are misunderstood?  Supply your Bible proof.

Matthew 21:28-32 The Message
28 “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ 29 “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went. 30 “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went. 31-32 “Which of the two sons did what the father asked?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.

James 1:16-25 International Children’s Bible
16 My dear brothers, do not be fooled about this. 17 Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars. God does not change like their shifting shadows. 18 God decided to give us life through the word of truth. He wanted us to be the most important of all the things he made. 19 My dear brothers, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily. 20 Anger will not help you live a good life as God wants. 21 So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong you do. Don’t be proud but accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save your souls. 22 Do what God’s teaching says; do not just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves. 23 A person who hears God’s teaching and does nothing is like a man looking in a mirror. 24 He sees his face, then goes away and quickly forgets what he looked like. 25 But the truly happy person is the one who carefully studies God’s perfect law that makes people free. He continues to study it. He listens to God’s teaching and does not forget what he heard. Then he obeys what God’s teaching says. When he does this, it makes him happy.

Deuteronomy 4:2 Contemporary English Version
2 and now he is your God. I am telling you everything he has commanded, so don’t add anything or take anything away.

Lesson 13

Jesus knew God’s word was truth and gave life. He prayed that his followers would follow the truth of God contained in the word. The Bereans were counted as noble for searching the scriptures daily to prove the truth so they could faithfully follow. Today, Christians have an abundance of versions of the Bible to read to help them discern the truth of God. When scriptures supporting our beliefs conflict with other scriptures, then there is an error in what we believe, or how we are understanding scripture. Like the Bereans, we need to study to prove what is true from the word of God.

Matthew 4:4 Evangelical Heritage Version
4 But Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”

John 17:14…17 New Life Version
14 “I have given Your Word to My followers. The world hated them because they do not belong to the world, even as I do not belong to the world… 17 Make them holy for Yourself by the truth. Your Word is truth.

Romans 12:2 King James Version
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Titus 1:2 Easy-to-Read Version
2 This faith and knowledge make us sure that we have eternal life. God promised that life to us before time began—and God does not lie.
Martha had faith and knew when her brother Lazarus would be resurrected and live again after he had died. She knew when Jesus would raise his followers, do you? How do these scriptures complement those that support your beliefs?

John 11:21-24 International Children’s Bible
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask.” 23 Jesus said, “Your brother will rise and live again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know that he will rise and live again in the resurrection on the last day.”

John 6:39-40 New Living Translation
39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.
54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.