Lesson Ten—It Starts and Ends with Jesus!

We Made It!!

For some of us, this has been a ten-week journey through the New Testament; for others it has been a thirty-week trek through the whole Bible . . . and here we are at the finish line! Let's spend some time reflecting and discussing what we've learned!

What was your biggest take away from reading Revelation this week? 

Having spent these last weeks invested in the Word of God, why do you think it is important to know God's Word for yourself?

How will you continue to pursue God through His Word as you move on from this class?

How can you encourage and help others to pursue God through His Word?

Remember, our Sweeter than Chocolate!® Ephesians class kicks off on September 14. Why not sign up today?

Finally, don't forget that when you make a gift of any amount to Precept Ministries International through August 24, we'll send you the brand new Sweeter than Chocolate!® Ephesians workbook as our thank you for your support.

If you're running a different pace, please keep posting on the blog as you continue to progress. My assistant Mary Ann and I will be monitoring the blogs and joining in the discussion!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Blessings,

pam :) 

 

Lesson Nine—Acts . . . The "Cruise" to Rome

Thanks for Flexing with Me this Week!

Thanks so much for flexing with me this week! The way I usually flex when I'm on vacation is to simply take my camera with me and cut videos wherever I happen to be. This past week was a little different. It was the first time our extended family has had vacation all together in five years, so I thought the wise way to flex this time around was to post a few days late. I thank you so much for your understanding. 

Since I'm already late to the party, let's get the discussion under way!

How have you seen yourself equipped to do God's work through your study of Scripture?

What has been your biggest take away from your study this week? How is what you've learned changing the way you think and act?

Have you signed up for the Ephesians class yet?

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We're so close to the end of our time together! I'm praying that you finish strong!

See you online!

pam :) 

Lesson Eight—Acts . . . A Note From Corinth to Rome

Sin . . . Salvation . . . Sanctification . . . Sovereignty . . . Service

Paul's letter to the Romans was the first book of the Bible that I studied in depth at Wheaton College. My Old and New Testament survey classes had intrigued me as a freshman, but Romans as a sophomore hooked me on Bible study for a lifetime! 

William Tyndale, the sixteenth-century Bible translator, once wrote this about Romans: "No man verily can read it too oft, or study it too well; for the more it is studied, the easier it is; the more it is chewed, the pleasanter it is; and the more grandly it is searched, the preciouser things are found in it, so great treasure of spiritual things lieth hid therein." With that, let's discuss implications of the truths of Romans:

What are ways that you can share the love of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world? With those in your circle of influence?

What has been your biggest take away from your study this week and how is it changing the way you think and act?

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog!

Blessings!

pam :)

Lesson Seven—Acts . . . To Ephesus and Beyond!

If you're "in Christ" You have everything!

Can you stand it? We're already on Week 7 if you started in Cookies, NT and on Week . . . wait for it . . . 27 if you started all the way back in Cookies, Part 1! I'm so grateful for you being here and continuing on this journey through God's Word! This week, we'll focus our discussion on the book of Ephesians:

What was the most compelling truth you learned about the character of God in Ephesians 1–3? What other takeaways did you have regarding core truths of the faith addressed in these chapters?

In the application chapters, Ephesians 4–6, what impacted you the most? What was your big takeaway?

How is the Word of God changing the way you think and act?

Remember, when you make a donation of any amount to Precept through August 24, you'll receive the brand-new Sweeter than Chocolate!® Ephesians study entitled Grow Up! Moving Past Spiritual Adolescence as a thank you from the Ministry!

As I mentioned in the video, our fall online study will be Grow Up! Moving Past Spiritual Adolescence. I'll be posting the Welcome video on September 1 with class kicking off on September 14! No need to wait around when you can sign up today!

Looking forward to a great week of discussing God's Word together!

Blessings,

pam :) 

Lesson Six—The Mission Trips Begin

From Antioch to . . . Antioch?

If you have a hard time keeping track of Paul's travels, well, join the club! The different cities (two "Antiochs"? Come on!) and different traveling companions can pose a challenge for us as we try to keep track of where Paul is, who his primary audience is, and who's along for the ride. Don't panic and don't sweat! Simply make your pens your allies and use them wisely to help you follow the action! 

Here are our discussion questions to get us started this week:

Compare how Paul presents the Gospel to a Jewish audience versus how he presents to a Gentile audience. What can you learn from this to apply in your life? 

What character did you most relate to in this section of Acts? Why? What did you learn that you can apply?

What has been the biggest thing that you've learned about God in this section of Scripture?

Haven't posted anything yet? I think this is your week! Looking forward to a great discussion!

Blessings,

pam :) 

 

A Quick Word of Encouragement!

Overwhelmed? Don't Be!

Halfway through anything can be tough. Halfway through the New Testament during the summer is no different! It's not that the Word isn't living and active, it's not that you don't have the desire to follow, it's just . . . well, sometimes life piles on. Schedules get out of control, basements flood (that's what's been happening in my part of the country this past week), work calls, family calls, everything else screams for our attention. And when you're in something for 10 weeks, it's easy to lose resolve to spend quiet time with God when the stuff of life is yelling. Today . . . resist the yelling and pursue God through His Word. Tomorrow . . . by the power of the Holy Spirit, do the same.

If you have a second or two to spare after that, would love to hear from you on these questions . . . 

How are you doing on your study?

What have been your biggest challenges?

How can you encourage someone today as they walk with God in His Word?

Looking forward to your voice on the blog today!

Blessings,

pam :) 

 

Lesson Five—Acts . . . Authentication

Saul Hunts Christians But God Hunts Saul

Of all the unlikely people to use in bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles, Saul (better known to us as Paul) was a list-topper! Let's discuss!

Here are the questions to get us started:

What was the greatest lesson you learned from studying about Peter and Cornelius?

What was the biggest lesson you learned from studying the conversion of Paul?

How is the Word of God changing the way you think and act?

See you on the blog!

pam :) 

Lesson Four—Acts . . . Going and Making Disciples

Knowing Jesus Makes All the Difference

With the ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the "little faith" disciples of the Gospel grew up! Let's talk about that this week and let's get our discussion underway with these questions:

What did you learn from the account of Ananias and Sapphira? Do you have any lingering questions? If so, what are they?

What was your biggest takeaway so far from your study of Acts?

If you're not caught up, that's okay! Just keep at it and let us know where you're at!

I'm finally back home this week and so looking forward to being able to do more discussing!!

See you on the blog!

pam :) 

Lesson Three—You are the Christ!

The Creator is the Savior!

That anyone would save fallen man is incredible; that the Creator Himself would do so is breathtaking! Let's talk some more about our Jesus this week!

• Regardless of how far you've progressed in this study, what are you learning where you're at?

What has been your biggest takeaway from the book of Matthew?

• What has been the most wonderful thing you've learned about or been reminded about concerning Jesus?

How is your study of Matthew changing the way you think and act?

I'm looking forward to hearing from you on the blog and I'm praying that you'll check out the photos from Precept's Equip Boot Camp at our Facebook page!

Blessings!

pam :) 

Lesson Two—Who is this Son of David?

Jesus. Messiah. Son of Abraham. Son of . . . David!

Matthew saw it. Peter saw it. The two blind men saw it. So did a Canaanite woman. Jesus was not simply the carpenter's son who could tell a good story. He was and is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy; the serpent-crushing Seed of the woman, the son of Abraham and David. Let's talk about our Jesus this week!

Here are the questions to get us started:

What difference does the authority of Jesus make in your everyday life?

What was the most significant thing you learned or were reminded of this week with regard to Jesus?

What was your biggest takeaway this week?

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog!! Let's keep the great conversation going!!

Blessings

pam :) 

 

Lesson One—Catching Up and Catching On

Hebrews 11 . . . The Cliff Notes (or Spark notes if you're a kid!) to the Bible

The Bible's a big book. There's no getting around that. Still, God has graciously dropped summary passages throughout His Word that help us to remember where we've been and what has happened! They also help us get up to speed on some of the things we may not have read or studied yet! Among those passages, Hebrews 11 is my favorite . . . and it's a great passage to memorize if you're into that kind of thing! ;) 

As we get our class time kicked off today, here are a couple of questions to get us going:

What are you hoping to gain from this Bible study?

Are you bringing any concerns to this study? If so what?

Looking forward to seeing you online this week!

Blessings,

pam :) 

 

 

Introduction to Online Class—Let's Get to Know Each Other

Welcome to Cookies New Testament!

I'm so glad you're here and ready to study through the New Testament this summer! I'll post our first wrap-up video of Lesson One next week, but in the meantime, I'd love for us to get to know each other and practice our blogging skills all at the same time. So, take a few minutes to introduce yourself by responding to these questions:

What is your name and where are you from?

What's a unique fact about you?

Looking forward to getting to know everyone!!

Blessings,

pam :) 

p.s. Don't forget to leave a response on another person's comment, too! :)