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In preparing for the coming year of building Biblical literacy, it is important to evaluate last year’s progress and to take a spiritual inventory of sorts. Consider the following questions as just some of the aspects of your spiritual life to consider:

1. What did you learn about studying the Bible this past year?

2. What books of the Bible did you read? Study?

3. Did God give you a scripture(s) this year? If He did, explain how that spoke to you throughout the year.

4. Did you share with anyone what you were learning from the Bible this year? Explain.

5. Did you share your testimony this year with anyone? Explain.

6. Did you lead anyone to Christ this year? Explain.

7. Did you disciple anyone in their walk with God this year? Explain.

8. Did anyone disciple you in your walk with God this year? Share your story.

9. What would you consider the spiritual highlights of this past year for you?

10. What, if any, spiritual goals do you have for the coming year?

As you consider these questions, feel free to post a comment sharing how God has brought you forward in your knowledge of Him and His word in 2016. I am sure this would be encouraging for everyone.

May God bless you as you close out 2016 and may He embolden you as you march forward into 2017.

Soli Deo gloria!

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Read Genesis 47
1. What do Pharaoh and Jacob discuss in the opening verses of Chapter 47 of Genesis?

2. What do you learn from Genesis 47:13-26?

3 How long did Jacob live in Egypt? How old was he when he died?

4. What is Jacob’s last request from Joseph?

Read Genesis 48
5. What happens in Genesis 48?

6. Copy the promise/prophecy of Jacob in Genesis 48:21 here.

Read Genesis 49
This chapter is important because Jacob is speaking blessing and prophecy over each of his sons, foretelling in part what lies ahead.

7. What does Jacob foretell about his son Judah? Why is this important?

8. What does Jacob ask at the end of Chapter 49 of Genesis?

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Read Genesis 46
1. What did Jacob/Israel do when he reached Beersheba?

Note: Beersheba was the last border town before they would cross the desert.
2. What promises did God make to Jacob in the visions in the night?

3. Who came with Jacob to Egypt? Who stayed behind? (No need to give individual names.)

4. What does Joseph tell his father regarding how the Egyptians view shepherds? Where does Joseph propose his family live?

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Read Genesis 43
1. What causes Jacob’s sons to return to Egypt? What does Judah tell his father? How does Jacob respond? How is the matter resolved?

2. From Genesis 43:16-34, answer the following questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Read Genesis 44-45
3. Summarize what happens in these chapters in your own words.

4. What does Joseph tell his brothers in Genesis 45:5-8?

5. What is Israel’s reaction in Genesis 45:28?

6. What do we know about God’s plans and purposes towards us from the following verses?
 Psalm 16:11

 Psalm 36:7-10

 Psalm 145:19

 Romans 8:28-30

 2 Peter 2:9

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Who is He?
The world has struggled with this issue since Jesus came on the scene more than 2000 years ago. Was Jesus simply a man? Was he a great prophet or teacher? Or was He the Christ–the Messiah–the Promised One, fulfilling hundreds of prophecies of the Old Testament prophets?

1. What does Isaiah 7:14 foretell about Jesus (the Messiah-the Promised One)?

2. What does Isaiah 9:6-7 tell us about the Messiah?

3. What additional information is given regarding the Messiah in Isaiah 11:1?

4. What do you learn from Isaiah 53:1-3

5. When did Isaiah live and give his prophecies?

6. What does the prophet Micah tell us about the birth place of Messiah in Micah 5:2?

7. When did the prophet Micah live and give his prophecies?

8. What does the prophet Zechariah tell us about the Promised One in Zechariah 9:9?

9. When did the prophet Zechariah live and give his prophecies?

10. When read these prophecies, given hundreds of years before the person they describe was born, by three different men, and you learn that they came true in the person of Jesus, what does that make you think about the Bible? God?

Closer to the birth of Jesus, months before, we are given additional information about Jesus.
Read Luke 1
11. What has Mary been chosen to do? Why?

12. What prophetic information is given about the child in this chapter? Provide a verse reference.

13. What happens when Mary goes to visit Elizabeth? What prophetic information does Elizabeth speak about the child Mary is carrying?

After Jesus was born, people were still speaking about His future and who He was.
Read Luke 2:8-15
14. What was spoken about the Messiah to the shepherds? Who delivered the message?

Read John 1
15. What do you learn about Jesus from this chapter? On what did John base his knowledge about Jesus?

16. What does Peter say about Jesus in Matthew 16:13-17? Who does Jesus say gave him that information?

17. What does Jesus say about who He is in the following verses?
▸ Matthew 9:6

▸ Matthew 26:63-64

▸ Mark 8:31

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Romans 12:1&2
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
 
How shall I present my body? . . .  As a living sacrifice
▸ Dead works are not sufficient
▸ Most sacrifices are dead before they are placed on the altar.  In this case, I must be alive, but my “self” or “self-focus” must be dead – totally yielded to Christ
▸ I must put myself on the altar knowing that I am submitting to the fire’s refinement.

If you can survive the imagery (burning flesh on the fire doesn’t really sound inviting), it begs the question, “how can I ever hope to present my body as a living sacrifice?”

The answer is found, in part, in 2 Corinthians 5:21.  “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  We are able to become righteous . . . an acceptable sacrifice by the shed blood of Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, slain once for all.

I find more insight in Galatians 2:20 which reminds me that “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  This sacrificial life will be by faith in the One who already proved his love, His sacrifice.

Finally, I am told in Colossians 2:6-7, “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.  The key to my being a living sacrifice is to walk in Christ, in His Word.  To be rooted in and built up in the experiential knowledge of Christ.  Then shall I be able to live this sacrificial life.

Philippians 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ!

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Romans 12, verses 1 and 2 are familiar and yet shrouded, within my grasp but elusive.

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

OBSERVATIONS:

Present your bodies . . .

∙ This is a commandsomething I  “must do” rather than merely “should do”
∙ Something is required of me
∙ The implication of the command is that my body is under my control, subject to my will
∙ This involves the discipline of self-control, a fruit of the Spirit in my life (Galatians 2:22-23)

We are not in this alone.  In Ephesians 2:8-10, Paul assures us, “for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.   The things God would like me to do are not without meaning or import . . . they are my purpose, my destiny . . . God’s best plan for me.

When I feel I cannot obey this command, Jesus is my example.  I am told by the writer of  Hebrews, to lay “aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and . . . run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

 

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