BIBLE STUDY SERIES
Bible Study You Can Handle!
All you need is a hungry heart, a Bible, and a pen, and you can get God’s
Word into your life!
Bible Baptist Church
29 Westcourt Heights
or (022) 51044
1996-2000 Craig Ledbetter
in Cork, Ireland (220598C-EA5)
This study booklet has been written to help you to
learn what is contained in the pages of the most widely read Book in the world -
the Bible! There is no easier way than just setting yourself down with an open
Bible, a hungry heart, and a simple and direct Bible study course like this one
to work through.
With this Bible study course in hand, you will be able
to sample the pages of the eternal word of God, and come away with some sure
facts about yourself, others, and most importantly, about the God who so freely
gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die in our place on the cross. That death
brought life, and that life is only experienced by those who search for it in
the pages of the Bible. No church has the corner on the market of heaven - that
belongs only to Jesus Christ Himself, and is freely revealed in the Bible!
So let me welcome you to a grand opportunity - a new
chance to fill that hunger in your heart to know the God who loved you, and
proved it 2,000 years ago. Beware; getting to know Jesus can mean that you will
never be the same! He has a habit of transforming the lives of those He touches!
To complete this lesson, you will need to look up each
Bible verse listed (for example, “John
18:37” is found in the New Testament right after the books Matthew,
Mark, and Luke), and fill
in each blank line in the study. If you have trouble locating a book in the
Bible, you can open the front of your Bible, find the Table of Contents, and find the page number of the start of the Book
instead, and work from there. Take your time, and learn well what God has
commanded us. It will make all the difference in your life as it did mine.
Pastor Craig Ledbetter
2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God…”
BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
The Bible, and Salvation
I. Introduction to This Study
In John chapter 18, the Lord Jesus is standing before Pilate, accused of
being a King. Jesus tells Pilate He IS
a King, but not of this world, and that He came not to set up a physical
kingdom, but to declare the _________.
Pilate responds, “What is _______?” But notice what Pilate does next. He
does not wait around for the answer. He does not believe there is any such thing
as “truth.” It is the same with most people. They have been lied to so many
times about Santa, the tooth fairy, and Easter bunnies they think God and truth
are only lies as well.
In John 17:17, Jesus Himself says God’s ______ is truth! Now, either
Jesus was a liar, or crazy, or telling the truth. Which is it?
There must be something, somewhere, that is
true. Without truth, there is no
way of knowing what is really true or false, good or bad, right or wrong; and
any guess becomes as good as another's.
Only God can be the Author of
truth. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2) or He is not God, and cannot be trusted!
God has revealed truth through the Bible
alone (John 17:17).
The Purpose of the Bible
III. Biblical Salvation
Notice that it is “not of _________, lest any man should boast.”
Notice that it is “not by works of ______________…”
But to get it, we must be “born _______” (John 3:3,7).
The first birth is your PHYSICAL
birth (John 3:1-7):
This is a water birth (John
3:5). It is not baptism. We start in water. Every human is born out of a water sack in the womb.
Your first birth comes from your physical
parents. Their “flesh” produced your _________ (John 3:6).
The above diagram shows the tri-part nature of a person - the main part being the soul! The body allows the real you to relate and interact with the world. The spirit is given to you to enable you to relate to, and interract with God. Everybody is born with their spirit DEAD (Ephesians 2:1).
The second birth is your SPIRITUAL
birth (John 3:5,6):
This birth can only come from God. John 4:24 says that “God is a
__________.” He is not flesh like we
humans are. According to John 3:6, His Spirit will produce _________ in the life
of a sinner if they would just fully believe on His Son, Jesus Christ!
The second birth involves trusting God’s ________ (1 Peter 1:23) to be true. You can fully and
completely trust the death of Jesus Christ to be your payment for your sin,
because God said in His word you could, and that He would give you as a free
gift, eternal salvation - eternal life!
A person desperately needs Jesus Christ, because without Him, there is no
other way to God (John 14:6).
Sin _____________ all of humanity from God (Isaiah 59:2).
If a person dies without having their sin paid-off by faith in Jesus
Christ, there is only one other destiny for them (John 3:36; Matthew 23:33;
What is that destiny? _____________________________
There is no such thing as “purgatory,” or limbo.
___________ (Acts 20:20,21; 2Peter 3:9). Repentance is a determined choice to turn away FROM sin, and turn TO Jesus Christ for
salvation. It is being very
sorry for your sin, and hating it! This is different from “penance”
which is you trying to PAY for your sins. You cannot do anything to pay for sins
- only Jesus can!
___________ (John 1:11,12; John 5:24).
What does it mean to “believe on Jesus?”
Not to just agree with the Bible with our head (even the devils ‘believe’;
But to understand from the heart that the only payment that God will
accept for your sins is the death of Jesus Christ in your place (1 John 2:2; and
The word “propitiation”
means “full payment.” God had to
do more than just “forgive” sins, He had to pay-off all the broken laws that
had mounted up against us, and that is what Jesus’ death did - it paid in full all our sin debt!
God said it, that should settle it.
Faith is “confidence” in God’s promise, that He will never lie to
you! He promises in His word over and over that He can save you.
IV. Conclusions and Personal Notes - Fill in from
time to check your answers. Send
this study back to the address below, and within a week, you will be notified of
your score and this study returned to you to keep.
VI. What’s Next?
are now well into the study of God’s written word! The process continues in a
booklet called The First Principles of Christian Growth.
That booklet contains 19 more vital lessons from the Bible that you can master.
Obtain a copy from the address below, and it will help you become the mature
disciple that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ calls you to be!
Go on… You
CAN Do It!
Postal Bible Studies
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BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
Our Security in Christ
Introduction - "Now that I am saved, can I ever LOSE
Once a person has settled the question of salvation as the Bible declares it - by grace through faith in the Saviour Jesus Christ - it is imperative that he understands the security of that new relationship with God.
Jesus Said About Your Salvation
A. In John 6:37, Jesus promises that "...him that cometh to me I will in no wise ___________________." To “cast out” would be to reject, or cast away a sinner who comes to Christ for salvation. Jesus promises never to do that!
B. John 10:27-29 makes it clear that no man can cause you to lose your salvation. It is God that saves, and He is greater than man. Notice that Jesus gives a person ___________ life, and that they shall _______ perish!
C. Your salvation is completely by God’s grace through your simple child-like faith, and not by works. It is a gift from God. No one can lose his salvation because no one can earn it! It is freely given on the merit of Christ's righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8,9), not on the basis of our own goodness (Isaiah 64:6). Either Christ paid for ALL your sins, or He didn’t (Hebrews 10:17), and if He did, then when you accepted His salvation, your eternity was settled forever (see again 1 John 5:11-13)!
There Anything That Can Separate Us From God?
Romans 8:38,39 says that NONE of the following can separate us from God!
- you can't lose it when you die
- you can't lose it while alive
- they can't take it from you.
Principalities - the government and rulers can't take it away from you
no spiritual power, including the devil can cause you to lose it!
present - nothing happening right now can take it away.
to come - nothing in the future (including sins) can make you lose it.
- nothing above you.
- nothing below you.
Nor any other creature shall be able to ___________ us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore, NOTHING can separate a believer from the love of God once we become a Christian. Yet a Christian does still sin. So, what effect does it have?
1. Your relationship with God is now a Father/child relationship by the new "birth" (John 3:3). Jesus teaches us to call God, “our _________” (Matthew 6:9) because, by your faith in Christ, that’s what He is!
2. Your salvation is sealed for all eternity with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). To “seal” something is to “secure” it like you would a down-payment on a house, or like a package for shipping is “sealed.” The Holy Spirit is our seal showing that _______ owns us, and will not let anything “spoil” us (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)! Jesus will NEVER leave you, nor __________ you (Hebrews 13:5)!
3. Best of all, your name is written down in heaven (Luke 10:20; Rev 20:14,15) - your reservation for your trip has already been made!
1. Sin, if not confessed to God as sin (not just a “mistake”), and if not repented of, will cause God to have to chastise you, and not answer your __________ (1 John 1:9; Hebrews 12:6-8; Psalm 66:18).
2. If your sinning goes on for very long, the Lord may just cause you to die early because you are not living for Him (1 Corinthians 11:30-32). God is responsible for His children, and will not let us get away with sin like we used to before we were adopted into His family!
What If You Don't Feel Saved?
A. Examine your heart to see if you trusted Jesus Christ to save you, or are still working your own way to heaven (2 Corinthians 13:5). More people only “hope” they are Christians because they have prayed a prayer, or go to a certain church, or whatever. A sinner simply repents and trusts Christ!
B. Determine in you heart, once sure of salvation, that eternal life is NOT based upon feelings, but only on the factual truth of the word of God and your acceptance of it (1 John 3:19,20; Titus 1:2). At some point you are going to have to just believe what God said, and settle it! (1 John 2:25)
Things That Give Us Assurance of Salvation
Things that will develop automatically in your life now that you know Christ!
A love for the Bible - a love for the TRUTH (Psalm 1:1,2; 119:97)!
A love for God like never before - A personal walk with Him develops! He is not a Genie, or a distant Creator, but Saviour and Friend (Matt 22:37)!
A desire to do God's ________, instead of only your own (Psalm 40:8)!
No more ________ - True confidence in Christ and in the truth (2 Tim 1:7)!
The chastening hand of the Lord in your life when you sin (Hebrews 12:6)!
A spiritual discernment - able to sense spiritual things going on, and focus on the eternal, instead of only on this life (Romans 8:15,16; 1 Cor 2:14-16)!