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Bible Study: Dec. 11, 2016

NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.

Bible Passage: Psalm 119:9-16

Discussion Questions: How have you benefited from God’s Word in recent years? What does it look and feel like to treasure God’s Word? When have you been genuinely thrilled by something in God’s Word?

Food for thought:

This is the second of six studies in Bible Studies for Life that focus on Psalm 119 and what it says about God’s Word.

If someone asked you if you were more likely to “wing-it” or have a plan, how would you respond? Many of us like the spontaneity of taking a family vacation without a lot of planning done in advance. We believe there is joy in the adventure! Who cares about hotel reservations — we’ll find something. Why plan out each day? Simply do whatever you want! Now that kind of spontaneity might drive other people crazy.

Many of us must have a detailed plan — we love to know what’s going to happen moment by moment. While “winging it” can be fun on a vacation, it may not be the best approach to living life.

Thankfully, we are not left alone to figure out the plans and instructions for our lives. God’s Word provides direction and it teaches us all we need to live well.

One of the Bible’s most beloved verses is found in this lesson passage. Verse 11 says, “I have treasured Your Word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.” There is the starting point of a great plan — knowing, meditating on, and memorizing God’s Word! What would our churches, families and nation look like if more people valued God’s Word, read God’s Word, loved God’s Word, studied God’s Word, and obeyed God’s Word? The world would be a different place, indeed.

The great church reformer Martin Luther summed up the effect of God’s Word on him. “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me. It has feet, it runs after me. It has hands, it lays hold of me.” What a great image of the work of God’s Word on each of us.

Bible Studies for Life
Bible Studies for Life connects the Bible to life for adults, students, and kids. Bible Studies for Life helps individuals and groups know God’s Word through trustworthy content, creates biblical community through engaging and conversational group studies, and helps people engage the culture missionally by unpacking what the Bible says about real-life issues. More information can be found on the Internet at LifeWay.com/BibleStudiesforLife.

Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at LifeWay.com/ SundaySchool.

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