Bible Class Handout #5

The Bible: God’s Picture Book that Doesn’t Use Pictures
Chapter 5: God uses courtroom talk

Introduction: Have you ever served on a jury?
What was it like?

Who’s who in the heavenly courtroom?
Who is the Judge in this courtroom? Psalm 98:9

Why can he be the only true Judge?

Who is the prosecuting attorney? Revelation 12:9,10

Who is our defense attorney? 1 Timothy 2:5

The Court Case
What law does the Judge abide by? Matthew 22:37-40

Where can we find further explanation of this law?

How must this law be kept? Matthew 5:48

What is the punishment for breaking this law? Matthew 25:41

By nature, why did we fear this punishment?
Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 64:6

Do we have any way of getting out of it? Romans 2:12-15

So, how would we have pled in God’s courtroom?

What role does the Accuser have in all of this?
Genesis 3

Luke 22:31

How did Christ step in as our defense? 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

What is this “reconciliation?” vs 19

How did this happen? vs 21

Reconciliation is not a change of _____________

but it is a change of _______________________

What judgment has God made? Romans 3:20

What do we call this judgment? Romans 4:25

What caused this declaration from God? Romans 3:23,24

How do we receive that righteousness? Romans 4:13


What could be misunderstood by saying, “Through faith, God has made us perfect?”


Paint the picture in the courtroom. What is Satan, the accuser, saying? How does Jesus step in?

Conclusion:
How will you approach/deal with sin?

 

On the last day, when you stand before the Judge, how will you plead?

On what basis will you plead?


What times in your life has Satan come to accuse you? What can you say back to him? What can you say in times of great guilt?

 


Further Reading:
Read Romans 3:21-4:25. Take note of Paul’s beautiful breakdown of what justification is.

 

The Bible: God’s Picture Book that Doesn’t Use Pictures


Chapter 6: God uses architecture talk

Introduction: What is absolutely necessary if you want your building

project to succeed?


God builds himself a house


What were the two most important building projects in OT history?


Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9

1 Kings 6:11-14

Why did God want these buildings made?



How would this have been a physical law and gospel reminder for the people? Exodus 40:34

God destroys his temple
Even though God made his dwelling among men, what happened to the people? 2 Chronicles 36:15-16


How does Ezekiel 13:1-5, 10-12 help explain what was going on?


How serious was God about the people’s lack of spiritual integrity? 2 Chronicles 36:17-19


How does all of this serve as a warning for us?


God gives another temple
Despite all of this, how would God solve this problem? 2 Samuel 7:11-13


How did this one “build a house for God’s name?” John 2:18-22

God’s gives us a foundation
What are you because of Jesus? Ephesians 2:19-22

Why do we call Jesus a cornerstone? Acts 4:11-12


What is the “foundation of the apostles and prophets?” Matthew 16:15-18


How does 1 Peter 2:4-8 expand this thought?

 

What does Jude 20-21 encourage us to do? How do we do it?



But is this only an individualistic thing? Ephesians 2:22

So then, what encouragement do we have? 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Conclusion:
Why is it a comfort to you, to have your foundation in Jesus?

 


How is the picture of our bodies being a temple for the Holy Spirit great gospel motivation?

 

Is a church building necessary? Is it important? Why?

 

What ways do we build our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ up? Where in your life do you see opportunity to build others up?

 

Further Reading:
Read Matthew 7:24-27
What rains, stream, or winds are beating and blowing against you? What confidence does your Foundation give you?