Bible Basics

Introduction

Bible Basics is a step-by-step Bible Study which helps us to recognize and understand God’s unconditional, everlasting, unfailing Love, Forgiveness, and Grace. Bible Basics is a
non-denominational Bible Study for small groups/individuals
written by lay-people who love God.



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To love God is to love our neighbors,
and to work to make their lives better.

To love God is to love the world God created,
to work to perfect it, and to cherish it.

To love God is to love dreams of peace that illuminate us all,
and to bring that vision to life.

To love God is to gather ALL neighbors into the joy
of a faithful community.




Bible Basics...
Layers of Understanding

Bible Basics is comprised of the following chapters below
beginning with “Bible Basics” opening below on this page.

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The Birth of Jesus.
Jesus is for everyone!

God is always calling you

Understanding the Bible

Grace of God

Liturgical Calendar of the Church year

Amazing Grace the Hymn

The Greatest Commandment

Jesus Walks on Water

Parables of Jesus

Struggle With God

Synoptic Gospels

Prayer

Imperfect Christians

The Ten Commandments

Affirmation of Faith

Tithing and Tithes

False Prophets / False Profits

The Bible / Where to Start

The Best of Unknown

The Believer






John the Baptist prepared the Way for Jesus Christ. Advent prepares us for the Birth of Christ. Lent is forty days which prepares us for Easter, the Resurrection of Christ. In church services the “Order of Worship” prepares the congregation to receive the Word of God.

These are all a progression; a preparation that prepares us for Worship. The “Welcoming” below (The Opening of the Bible, Lighting of the Candle, prayer, etc.) are how we at Bible Basics… Layers of Understanding prepared ourselves to hear the Word of God.

Apart from God we/you/me/I can do nothing! You cannot understand Scripture no matter how hard you study and try without the Holy Spirit assistance and help.

Even in individual Bible Study, before you even open the Bible, call on the Holy Spirit in prayer to help you in your understanding the Bible, understanding Scripture, discerning the Word of God.

Call on the Holy Spirit to open your eyes, ears, heart, and mind to God’s love, grace, and understanding.

“Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said,
“unless someone explains it to me?”

Acts 8:30-31





Bible Basics

I. Welcoming

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

Jesus Christ is the one who brings us together –
we are all one in Jesus Christ.
You were one of us...
before you first stepped through the door!



II. Joys & Concerns

Rejoice with those who rejoice;
mourn with those who mourn.

Romans 12:16




III. Opening Prayer

Dear Lord,

Open our eyes to see Your blessings,

Open our ears to hear Your Word,

Open our minds to Your understanding,

And open our hearts and fill them with Your love.

Amen

Your eyes have never seen,
your ears have never heard,
you cannot imagine
the greatness and wonders
God has in store for you.

1 Corinthians 2:9



IV. Opening of the Bible


We open this Bible to remind us that all talks here are based on scripture.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

John 1:1



V. Lighting of the Candle

We light this candle to remind us that God is with us.

“For where two or three come together in my name,
there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:20



For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light.

Ephesians 5:8



VI. Voluntary opportunity to share your faith.

VII. The Lesson

VIII. Make a Joyful Noise

IX. Closing Prayer


Olyn Rule: Hold hands as a symbol of unity with God and with one another.

X. Benediction

As you leave this place,

May the living Lord go with you.

May he go behind you, to encourage you,

Beside you, to befriend you in obedient ministry,

Above you, to watch over you,

Beneath you, to lift you from your sorrows,

Within you, to give you the gifts of faith, hope, and love,

And always before you… to show you the way.

And all God’s people said, Amen.

Dr. Blair Monie’s traditional benediction, Senior Pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church

I believe that the best thing about Blair’s Benediction is that you don’t leave God at church; God goes home with you!

Pray that all of your actions will be guided
by your faith in Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:8-9



Pray for the willingness and ability to share your faith with others.

Matthew 28:18-20



Pray that we will follow Christ command to reach the lost
and to serve the needy.

2 Corinthians 5:18






Pray by Bible Basics
Artwork by Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528
Music: Pachebel Cannon


PRAY
Bible Basics Video Presentation
7:45 minutes



PRAY
Power Point Presentation
By Bible Basics





I do not like “Mission Statements.”


But if I were to have a “Mission Statements” this would be it.



Almighty and everlasting God,
in whom we live and move and have our being,
you created us for yourself,
so that our hearts are restless
until they find rest in you.

Grant to us such piety of heart
and strength of purpose
that no selfish passion
may hinder us from knowing your will,
and no weakness from doing it.

In your light may we see life clearly
and in your service find perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen Book of Worship 1965 Alt.





Bible Basics Goals

1. To help everyone to have a closer relationship with God.

2. To help people who do not have a church home to find a new church home.

3. To encourage people of faith to invite outsiders to their church home; and to obey Christ’s Great Commission.

4. To work as a tool to evangelize, witness, and testify to the Lord.

5. To work as an educational tool for people who are new to the faith and as a review, renewal, and reaffirmation for those who are mature in their faith.

6. To help us to discover our hidden talents and gifts; to tread into deeper waters, and to go beyond our comfort zone.

7. To encourage people to daily prayer, devotionals, daily reading of the Bible, and to look up scripture in the Bible; to adopt a Bible and to have “Faith Emergency Kits” available.

8. To encourage everyone to take the Disciple Bible Study Class or to create or join a small Bible Study Group.

9. To encourage everyone to read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. (I'm sorry to say that years after I have read the Purpose Driven Life, the author Rick Warren has had controversaries. I now endorse Rick Warren very timidly. I have benefitted from his book, The Purpose Driven Life but not from his politics!)

10. To encourage believers into action and to do good deeds.



Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.

John 13:17



What Good Am I
Lyrics by Bob Dylan





Candy and Color Definitions

The colorful candies are not a whim of overindulgence, or extravagance of being selfish and greedy, or trying to impress people. This feast of candies is a visual symbol of “our cup runnith over,” how God’s blessings are overflowing. The candies are used as a visual symbol of God’s abundant love and grace. The colors help us to see and recognize the wonders, the blessings, and the miracles of God in our everyday life. We do not want to be “spiritually colorblind.”


In everything give thanks.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be joyful always,
pray continuously,
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 adapted





The Millionaire

The story goes that there was a rich millionaire who was going to be interviewed by a reporter at a fancy restaurant one fine evening. When the limousine arrived the chauffeur opened the door for the millionaire and the reporter. The doorman was preparing to open the door for them when the millionaire looked down and spied an old penny on the sidewalk. He stopped, stooped down, and picked up the penny, and put it in his pocket, and then went inside the opened door.

Later while the two were eating their dinner the reporter asked, “I don’t understand. I just have to ask you – Why did you stop and bend down to pick up a penny when you have millions and millions of dollars?

The millionaire replied that God had blessed him and that when he saw the penny on the ground he felt that it was another blessing, a Gift from God, and that it would be arrogant to walk over a blessing sent from God!

We too should be humble. We should not be so arrogant or fast and in a hurry to pass by a blessing from God. Like this millionaire we need to stop, humbly bend our knees, bow our head. We need to remember where our blessings come from. We need to pick up and accept these blessings, which God gives to us so freely. Then we need to place these blessings in the pockets of our hearts and hold on to them dearly.

Then we need to remember to give thanks to God in all circumstances for all of our blessings... even the little ones.

No matter how dark the storm
No matter how dark the problem
No matter how dark and deep the sorrow,
We always have Hope.
God Provides.
Our Light, our Hope, and our Faith is in Jesus Christ.

Feeding of the 5000

When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples,
“Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

John 6:12



The Jews remembered how God had provided Manna in the desert for 40 years. Bread was considered sacred to the Jews, a Gift from God From the scripture of John 6:12, Bible Basics at Northgate UMC we now have Piggy Banks where we are saving pennies (“Let nothing be wasted.”) which are all donated, to the Heifer Foundation Heifer Project International (Donations for charities may change yearly!)

1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR/USA 72202 Tel.: (800) 422-0474 www.heiferfoundation.org



The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Saint Richard is best remembered today for the popular prayer ascribed to him as his last words on his deathbed where, surrounded by the clergy of his diocese, he prayed:

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
Amen.





St. Ignatius of Loyola Prayer

"Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight, and not to heed the wounds;
to labor, and not to seek to rest;
to give of myself and not to ask for reward,
except the reward of knowing that I am doing
your will."





Let the morning bring me word of your everlasting love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:8



Cross In My Pocket

I carry a cross in my pocket.
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm.
It isn’t meant to protect me
From everyday physical harm

It’s is not for identification
For all the world to see.
It is simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or key,
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day.
And to strive to serve him better
In all that I do and say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to his care.

So, I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I’ll let him be.


YouTube - Cross In My Pocket





Christians by Maya Angelou



What Good Am I
Lyrics by Bob Dylan



For another perspective of Faith and Fears:

I Know



“Cross in my Pocket” was a gift given to me by the
Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, Irving, Texas.

At the Bible Basics Class at

Northgate United Methodist Church Irving, Texas we gave this beaitiful poem and a small wood cross key chain to every participant and visitor.



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