Bible Study Worksheet – September 25, 2016



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Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – September 25, 2016
Theme: Standing on God’s Promises

Topic: Review and Summary

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:20 –“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (NIV) 

I Will Be Your God {Text: Jeremiah 32:1-46}

  • Just as God allowed Nebuchanezzar to lay siege on Jerusalem as a result of His people’s apostasy, Nigeria is today under siege by several forces. God is more interested in our addressing the issues that made Him allow our situation, than in making us feel good or more comfortable.
  • When we as God’s people stray from Him or become unfaithful to Him, He often allows us to go through difficult times which could sometimes make us wonder if He is still there for us. He does this because He is God and we are His people. He seeks the likes of Jeremiah from among us, who would engage with Him and seek to draw attention of the people to the issues God is concerned about.
  • No amount of faith and “claiming” can avert a course of discipline that God has chosen for us to restore us to the right relationship with Him. Our hardship is never an indication that He has lost interest in us; it is for us to let Him be our God again.

I Have Loved You {Text: Jeremiah 31:1-20}

  • God’s love is not only shown in the blessings with which He blesses us, but also in the discipline with which He chastises us when we go astray. If we could get away with doing the same evils as those who do not know Him, we should be asking ourselves if we really belong to Him!
  • At every point and in every situation in our lives, we should be identifying and acknowledging evidences of God’s love towards us, regardless to what difficulties we may be facing.
  • When God takes us through difficult times as part of His discipline, the path of our repentance may sometimes be painful, but it is the only way to full restoration, and we must be prepared to undertake it.

I Will Forgive You {Texts: Amos 2:6-12; Jeremiah 32:30-35; 31:31-40}

  •  There was a time of spiritual awakening in Nigeria when there was a much stronger sense of righteousness among Christians (and even many non-Christians) than there is today. However, the country has slid into an apostasy that could be compared to Israel of Jeremiah’s time. This makes these promises of God relevant to today’s Nigeria.
  •  Christians should face the fact that God punishes apostasy, in the expectation that His children who are so punished would repent, receive forgiveness, and have His blessings restored to them. Blindly claiming God’s pleasant promises without the needed repentance can only lead to frustration.
  • While we often grant a guarded forgiveness to repentant friends and associates who betray or hurt us, it is not so when the offender is our child. With our children, we grant festive forgiveness and are exceedingly gladdened by the repentance. This is the way God forgives, and He never even remembers we ever did wrong!

I Will Heal You {Texts: 2 Kings 20:1-11; James 5:14-16} 

  • It is right for us to ask God for healing of our physical bodies and claim His promise for same. In so doing, we should examine ourselves to be sure we are not putting obstacles in the way of our prayer being answered.
  • While we can always ask for healing for ourselves, we should note that God gives instructions for receiving our healing within the setting of a Christian fellowship – He expects us to make known our health challenges and request ministration from the elders of the Church. Those too proud to follow His instructions may be disappointed.
  • God may choose to not heal in specific situations for reasons best known to Him, and which may also be known to the discerning Christian. Examples: (a) A Christian athlete whose successes became a snare of pride sustained an injury which, though healed, left him unfit to continue as an athlete. (b) God chooses to take the life of a Christian because He deems the Christian to have completed his or her assignment on earth. In both of these examples, the discerning Christian may understand God’s purpose; those not discerning may feel disappointed and have their faith shaken.

I Will Strengthen You {Texts: 1 Kings 19:1-10; Isaiah 41:1-20} 

  • He strengthens us when we are emotionally down and feel despondent. None of us is above being emotionally drained – as we saw in the case of Elijah who was so discouraged he wanted to die – straight after the famous triumph at Mount Carmel!
  •  God strengthens us to overcome sin and evil. We saw him strengthen Joseph when being seduced by Potiphar’s wife. Paul echoed this type of strengthening in 1 Corinthians 10:13 where he says God ensures we are not tempted above our strength, and that He provides a way out of our temptations. We fall into sin when we do not draw from the strength He provides
  • He strengthens anyone He chooses – even unbelievers – to do exploits to fulfil His purposes. He strengthened Samson and David to defeat the Philistines. He strengthened Nehemiah to lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem, just as He had strengthened the pagan king Cyrus to conquer Israel in order to restore His own people.
  •  We need to make ourselves available for strengthening to carry out the exploits needed to rid our nation of the ills holding it down from progressing

I Will Guide You {Texts: Psalm 32:1-11; Acts 16:6-10} 

  • Over time God has guided His people in various ways: mostly by visible and physical indicators and prophets in the Old Testament, but more by His Word, the Holy Spirit and His manifestations in the New Testament.
  • When we genuinely seek God for guidance on specific issues, we must, in the spirit of Isaiah 30:21, then move by faith, listening to Him to tell us “whether to turn to the right or the left”. This requires the Christian to walk with God as it is only in so doing that we can recognise His voice.
  • Our being guided by God does not mean that all would be easy and pleasant, and as such we must avoid judging guidance by immediate outcomes. God can indeed guide us into and through difficult paths as part of His overall plan. He guided Paul in His missionary journeys, but that did not stop Paul from being persecuted and imprisoned!

I Will Protect You {Texts: Psalm 91:1-16; John 17:6-18}

  •  God’s promise of protection is not only for the physical protection – even though that is included, but also from all that threatens the personal spiritual well-being, and that of His Church. This is clearly seen in the prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17. The Christian can legitimately expect this full protection from God.
  •  The Christian needs protection from the increasing hostility to God’s point of view on issues of life – the hostility that pressures the Christian into replacing God’s standards with the world’s corrupted standards. We should especially recognise the need and pray for our children – especially those exposed to foreign cultures in other lands – to be protected from negative influences and anti-God environments.
  •  As stated in Psalm 91:1, it is only by staying under God’s canopy all the time that we can be protected from all attacks. This involves truly living by God’s Word and taking sides with Him on all issues, even when it is unpopular to do so, or when it costs us something dear to us.

I Will Provide for You {Texts: Genesis 22:1-14; 1 Kings 17:7-16}

  •  We need to reduce our needs to those God considers essential. We often mistake our wants for our needs, sometimes in the name of demonstrating faith. However, God’s commitment is to meet our needs. He also often meets our wants – and we can indeed ask for our wants – but His meeting them is entirely at His discretion.
  •  God may be holding back from meeting what appears to be a need because He wants to warn us against making commitments well beyond our means – including commitments on the standard of living we wish to maintain, or the extent of material support we want to give others.
  • Receiving from God to meet our needs is closely linked to our readiness to give what we have. Abraham gave up his only beloved son Isaac; the widow of Zarephath gave out her family’s last food ration in the middle of famine – all in obedience to God. God made His word good in their lives by providing for them.
  •  Whenever we are under pressure and fear that a genuine need may not be met, we should remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness to His word in the past.

I Will Be With You {Texts: Joshua 1:1-10; 2 Kings 6:8-20}

  •  God’s presence with us not only emboldens us in the face of threats and dangers, it strengthens us to accomplish tasks we never thought we could.
  • We should not judge God’s presence with us by the immediate outcome of our endeavours, but by His commitment to His promise. He can be with us while we still go through suffering and severe challenges. His presence is manifested in the grace with which we go through such situations, and in His intervention in His perfect time.
  • For us to rightly claim His presence with us, we must live in obedience to Him. We cannot live in disobedience and continue to enjoy His abiding presence.

I Will Give You Peace {Texts: John 14:19-31; Philippians 4:4-9}

  •  If we take God’s word about the experience of the Christian life seriously, we would know that the things that rob us of inner peace are things God has taken care of, and we should therefore be at peace. In essence, much of our inner worries are a direct result of not taking God’s word concerning us seriously.
  •  When we take something to God in prayer, and He tells us to do something about the subject of our prayer, but we are resisting His directive (perhaps out of pride or selfishness), we would not have peace until we have obeyed Him.
  •  Things we think, say or do that are contrary to God’s Spirit also rob us of inner peace: a strained relationship with a brother or sister, holding on to perceived past wrongs done to us, brooding over our past failures that we can do nothing about, failure to repent of a sin of which we have been convicted, a contentious attitude in groups to which we belong, letting our minds dwell on negative things about ourselves or about others, etc.

Prayer:

———————————————————————————————————————————-Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us these precious promises by which we can be the people You meant us to be and live lives to the full. Grant us the grace to cooperate with You as You fulfil these promises in our lives, in Jesus’ name, Amen.