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Bible Study: Oct. 15, 2017

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 Passages: Numbers 13:26-30, 14:6-10, 14:21-24

Discussion Question: When has God kept His promises in a way that helped you trust Him more?

Food for Thought:

Suppose I asked you whether you brushed your teeth this morning.

Hopefully you would say yes. But let’s say I wanted to dig a little deeper and asked you to describe the experience of brushing your teeth.

Awkward silence.

It’s not because you didn’t brush them; it’s because you just don’t give a lot of thought to brushing your teeth. You probably thought a lot about it when you were a kid, making sure you hit all the uppers and the lowers; maybe you even sang “The Alphabet Song” in your head to make sure you spent enough time brushing. But now you’ve been brushing your teeth for many years, and it’s become a routine you go through without even thinking. Brushing your teeth has become second nature to you — an action so often repeated that it now exists in the realm of muscle memory.

In Christ, Christians are given a new nature, new desires, new tastes, and a new lifestyle. As we continue to grow in Christ, we will develop consistent patterns of living that are the spiritual equivalent of brushing your teeth — patterns of thinking, believing, and acting that become so engrained in us we scarcely even think about them.

Through this study, we’ll look at individuals in the Bible in whom certain character traits just became second nature. In this first session we see Caleb, in whom unwavering faith was second nature. His example challenges us to see that Christ-centered living chooses trust in God, not in circumstances.

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 or ordered at LifeWay Christian Stores.

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