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Vol. 29   No. 6                   June,   2018

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Study Guide on Mark

SGHeaderForWebsite.MkThings Emphasized in Mark [NIV First Century Study Bible, with notes by Kent Dobson, 2014, Zondervan, an Olive Tree Bible Study App Module].

  • The Cross. Both the human cause (12.12; 14.1-21; 5.10) and the divine necessity (8.31; 9.31; 10.33-34) of the cross are emphasized by Mark.
  • Discipleship. Special attention should be paid to the passages on discipleship that arise from Jesus’ predictions of his passion (8.34—9.10; 9.35—10.31; 10.42-45).
  • The Teachings of Jesus. Although Mark records far fewer actual teachings of Jesus than the other Gospel writers, there is a remarkable emphasis on Jesus as teacher. The words ‘teacher,’ ‘teach’ or ‘teaching’ and ‘Rabbi’ are applied to Jesus in Mark 39 times.
  • The Messianic Secret. On several occasions Jesus warns his disciples or others to keep silent about who he is or what he has done (1.34, 44; 3.12; 5.43; 7.36; 8.30; 9.9).
  • Son of God. Although Mark emphasizes the humanity of Jesus (see 3.5; 6.6, 31, 34; 7.34; 8.12; 10.14; 11.12), he does not neglect his deity (see 1.1, 11; 3.11; 5.7; 9.7; 12.1-11; 13.32; 15.39).

Click below for study guides on each chapter, or for one single study guide on the entire Book of Mark. If you find them helpful, please tell others where you found them.

The Book of Mark… 4100sg

Mark Chapter 1… 4101sg

Mark Chapter 2… 4102sg

Mark Chapter 3… 4103sg

Mark Chapter 4… 4104sg

Mark Chapter 5… 4105sg

Mark Chapter 6… 4106sg

Mark Chapter 7… 4107sg

Mark Chapter 8… 4108sg

Mark Chapter 9… 4109sg

Mark Chapter 10… 4110sg

Mark Chapter 11… 4111sg

Mark Chapter 12… 4112sg

Mark Chapter 13… 4113sg

Mark Chapter 14… 4114sg

Mark Chapter 15…  4115sg

Mark Chapter 16… 4116sg

Study Guides on James

LA.Logos.James“The consistent theme throughout the book of James is genuineness. Essentially, the entire letter is an attempt to cause members of the Lord’s body to recognize the ramifications of one’s becoming a new creature in Christ. It is as if James were simply saying that a real Christian will do such and such, and that he will refrain from responding in this or that way! It is an appeal to the Lord’s people to consider seriously whether or not they are living as true disciples should. Jesus had told believing Jews, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8.31). Since Christ’s disciples came to be called Christians (Acts 11.26), that is exactly what James was inspired to instruct his brethren to be—Christians indeed!” [“James—An Introduction,” by Garrell L. Forehand, in Studies in James, Valid Publications, 1990, p. 26].

The links below will take you to study guides based upon the wonderful Book of James. I hope they might be useful to you in mining the jewels to be found in this great treatise. If you will, please tell others about where they might come to find these guides.

James chapter 1… 5901sg

James chapter 2… 5902sg

James chapter 3… 5903sg

James chapter 4… 5904sg

James chapter 5… 5905sg

Combined PDF of all chapters… 5900.SGcombo

TRUTH Articles for 2017

Truth 2017
Roger & Donna Campbell

Truth 2017 is now available on this site. One of my friends whom I truly admire, respect, and appreciate is Roger D. Campbell. He has spent many years in the foreign mission field. During that time he took it upon himself to learn two of the most difficult languages on earth: Mandarin Chinese and Russian. I was present in the assembly when he preached his first sermon in the Russian language in Kiev.

Roger is a great student of the Bible. For many months I have received from him his monthly publication, Truth, by Email. On the previous Maple Hill website I posted many of his Truth issues (with permission). Since we now have this new site I am combining all of last years’ issues into one PDF file. I then will begin posting the monthly.

Each issue  of Truth 2017 contains four one-page articles. Each will have an Old Testament article and one New Testament article, plus two other topical articles. I am listing those Bible text articles with page numbers as found in the combined issue. I am listing them in Bible order. Please download this PDF, read and study it, and then tell others where they can come to receive it, as well.

Bible Texts Covered in Truth 2017
  1. Genesis 50.24-26… The Bones of Joseph (2).
  2. Hosea… The Book of Hosea: A Brief Overview (6).
  3. Joel… The Book of Joel: A Brief Overview (10).
  4. Amos… The Book of Amos: A Brief Overview (14).
  5. Obadiah… The Book of Obadiah: A Brief Overview (18).
  6. Jonah… The Book of Jonah: A Brief Overview (22).
  7. Micah… The Book of Micah: A Brief Overview (26).
  8. Nahum… The Book of Nahum: A Brief Overview (30).
  9. Habakkuk… The Book of Habakkuk: A Brief Overview (34).
  10. Zephaniah… The Book of Zephaniah: A Brief Overview (38).
  11. Haggai… The Book of Haggai: A Brief Overview (42).
  12. Zechariah… The Book of Zechariah: A Brief Overview (46).
  13. Matthew 18.23-35… The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (12).
  14. Acts 9.31… The Churches of Galilee (20).
  15. Acts 27… Lessons from Paul’s Journey by Ship to Rome (48).
  16. 2 Corinthians 5.10-15… Judgment Matters (36).
  17. Ephesians 4.25-32… The Bible’s Teaching is Just Not Very Practical (8).
  18. Philippians 3.3… For We Are the Circumsision (32).
  19. 2 Thessalonians 1.3-4… Thank God for Brethren! (16).
  20. 1 Timothy 4.11… These Things Command and Teach (24).
  21. 1 John 2.3-6… Knowing God (4).
  22. 1 John 3.16-18… Loving in Deed and in Truth (40).
  23. 3 John 1.9-10… Diotrephes, the Preeminence Lover (44).
  24. Jude 1.5… But I Want to Remind You (28).

2017 issues of Truth… Truth2017merged

Finally, we would suggest that there are also four fine articles in the July 2018 issue: (1) Pointing Fingers at Others; (2) What Do You Remember about Abigail?; (3) Lord, Help Me Have a Spirit of Sacrifice; (4) Two Paths which Lead to Two Eternal Destinies. We encourage you to read and be edified by these four articles. Find them by clicking here… Truth1807

Study Guides for 1 Peter

Study Guides for 1 Peter will help in the study of this important epistle from the Apostle Peter. There is a separate guide for each of the five chapters of 1 Peter. We have divided each guide into nine parts. Each includes outline, summary, commentary, applications, questions to answer, etc., and two puzzles.

study guides for 1 Peter

The Apostle Peter obviously has concern for his brethren and wants to motivate them faithfully to endure persecution which will surely come (if not already present).  Peter’s powerfully persuasive arguments should provide a strength to saints of all ages!  He attempts to help the brethren to appreciate more their own salvation by showing others (prophets & angels) had/have great interest in it.  Peter urges us to prepare for meeting temptations and persecutions and to keep it in perspective that these sufferings are only temporary.  You will see Peter take us to the Cross to remind us of the great cost of our salvation.  Also, we see the importance of having sincere love of our brethren, who have so many things in common with us.

A Summary of 1 Peter

“The basic message of 1 Peter concerns suffering. It is obvious that the people to whom Peter wrote were suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Undoubtedly, this persecution took many different forms. We know that some of what they were subjected to involved being falsely charged with evil (1 Pet. 2:11-12). Those who have been wrongly accused of something know that it is not easy to endure. False accusations take a great toll on one emotionally. However, it seems that their suffering involved more than mere talk, for Peter calls it a “fiery trial” that was testing their faith (1 Pet. 4:12).

“One of the things Peter sets out to do in this epistle is to instruct God’s people on how to handle persecution. They must not react by retaliating (1 Pet. 2:21-25; 3:9), nor should they justify their adversaries by engaging in the things of which they are being accused (1 Pet. 4:15-16). Rather, he says, they must “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet. 2:11-16) by living pure lives that do not justify the slander. Also, he says Christians should rejoice that they are suffering because they are Christians (1 Pet. 4:13).

“Not only is Peter instructing them on how to deal with suffering for the sake of one’s affiliation with Jesus, but above all else he teaches them that they must remain faithful to the very faith that is bringing the persecution. This is a high price to pay, and, undoubtedly, a price they had not counted on when they became disciples.

Theme

“If people are asked to pay a price, they must be convinced that what they are getting is worth the price they are paying. In this way 1 Pet. 1:1-12 fits into the persecution theme of this letter. These words are Peter’s effort to convince his readers that the Christian faith is worth holding on to despite their suffering. What does Peter tell them about Christianity that makes it worth suffering for? He tells them about the future hope they have as Christians (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Then, he tells them that their present trials will serve to prove that their faith is genuine (1 Pet. 1:5-9). Finally, he looks at Christianity from the past (1 Pet. 1:10-12). The prophets and even the angels were greatly interested in the faith they have had the honor of receiving.” [Summary & Theme are from: Gene Burgett, in Studies in 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude, Edited by Dub McClish, Seventeenth Annual Denton Lectures, 1998, p. 29].

We produced these study guides for 1 Peter in combination with our radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. It is our goal to present on this site a study guide for each of the 260 New Testament chapters. We will post those study guides in the coming days to this site. If you benefit from these Study Guides for 1 Peter, will you please spread the word on social media by using the links below this post?

Individual Chapter Guides:

One… 6001sg

Two… 6002sg

Three… 6003sg

Four… 6004sg

Five… 6005sg

Combined 5 Chapters in one PDF:

All five chapters in one file… 6000sgCombo