BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 5: Various Passages

Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.

Questions:

10)  Part personal Question.  My answers:

Psalm 23:  God gives everything:  green pastures, quiet waters, restores the soul, righteousness, Himself, comfort, food, overflowing cup, anoints us, goodness, love, and eternal life.

Matthew 11:28-9:  God gives rest and knowledge.

1 Corinthians 10:13:  He does not give us any more than we can bear and provides us a way out when we are tempted.  He is faithful.

1 Corinthians 12:6-10:  God gives us the Holy Spirit which gives us wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

Hebrews 4:14-16:  Mercy and grace through faith in Jesus.

Revelation 21:4:  He wipes away every tear and after the Second Coming there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain.

Honestly, I’m not suffering right now.  I’m in a season of blessing and extremely grateful for it.  However, knowing God provides grace, mercy, comfort, basic needs, wisdom, a way out of temptation, and goodness is indescribably empowering in any season of life.

11)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12  Rejoice in suffering for it is a privilege and a way to participate in Christ’s glory. 1 Peter 4:12-19  We comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God so they may have patient endurance as well.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7  Love says Colossians 3:14  Verse 17 says whatever we do, do all in Jesus’s name, thanking God.

I try to offer words of comfort when those around me are in pain or suffering, or grieving.  I try to love as Christ would love.  Recently, an acquaintance’s dog passed away and an old colleague of mine lost his wife.  I tried to offer up words of comfort in those situations.

Conclusions:  Good reminder of how to help others who are suffering because often without God those who lose a loved one can become lost.  Ironic how we brought suffering into this world and death and God could easily have turned His back on us and let us wallow in our own misery.  Instead, He is there and He comforts for He feels our pain.  What an awesome God we worship!

Conclusions to Lesson 18:  Whole lesson on suffering.  Not sure we’ve ever done this before in BSF where we’ve deviated so much from the book(s) we are studying and dived into a topic in the Bible.  The Bible does speak on suffering a lot and we’ve looked at the majority of the passages on suffering.  We could call this the study of Revelation and Suffering in the Bible.  Fitting?  You make the call.

Didn’t realize there were so many ways to ask the same question:  why do we suffer, how do you suffer, and what is its purpose.  It all points back to Jesus (even when we comfort others) and I wish we could have kept it that simple.

This Lesson for me was relatively quick to complete because we have done so much previous work on suffering. Looking up the passages is time consuming but answering them is not.  Back to Revelation next week!

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5 comments on “BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 5: Various Passages

  1. Phil Gayle says:

    Good morning,

    I have been following your blog since the middle of the study on Matthew. I have appreciated your research, responses, knowledge & comments.

    What caused me to write you this day was, I also have been quite disappointed in BSF’s study on Revelation. It has been quite generic and has not given us the opportunity to have some very deep, thoughtful group discussions. I have prayed and thought for the past two months about dropping out but I truly look forward to spending time with the other brothers in my group.

    I have challenged my teaching leader on a few occasions regarding his lectures as I felt some of his messages have been dogmatic (when it most definitely should not have been) and he also would not bring up the opinions of other scholars who had different comments that he was speaking on.

    I am so very thankful for my group leader. Although I admire the men in our group, he is absolutely the main reason why I hang in there with this lesson. Two weeks back I was about to send another message to the teaching leader when the Holy Spirit said share your feelings instead with your group leader. So glad I listened! The group leader completely agreed with me and also felt BSF was being “safe” with this lesson. So his plan was that if the men wanted to spend more time on some issues (that BSF did not mention) that they felt were confusing or needed further discussion, we could bring it up. What a difference! While we are doing our homework, if someone finds something they want to discuss further, they will email the group and say “let’s spend some time tonight on question 3.” While doing my homework, I use post-its to write down what I want to hear the other guys comments on. Our goal now is not to get through all the homework questions, but for us to feel satisfied knowing we have a better understanding of the lesson. I have left our last two meetings feeling so much “fuller” as have others.

    I wanted to share this with you to let you know you are not alone in your BSF assessment of Revelation. BSF is a fabulous organization that I will continue to support. Unfortunately, their first attempt has fallen a little short but I’m sure they will learn from this and do better the next time around.

    Stay strong for Christ!

    Phillip

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  2. Barb says:

    AtoZMom, I really appreciate all of your hard work. I noticed this time that you pointed out more than once how personal questions are repeated over and over. This is a concept that I really don’t understand. There are so many personal questions that have the same answers week after week. How can we bring anything new to our group when the same stuff is asked and we share it with the same women in our discussion group. And always we’re asked what we’ve learned about God each week. There is rarely a new answer heard for that one. We love and appreciate Him all the time, but to think that we will always learn something new about Him if we’ve studied for very long is fairly inaccurate. So many of the personal questions with the how’s and why’s make many of us feel that we are missing the mark when we don’t have an answer. I’m in Iowa and we had a snow day so no BSF today. I looked a head to this Lesson 18 and printed off the questions so I can get a jump on the 2 lessons we will get next week. I figure we will skip Lesson 18 altogether other than getting the notes; and as I look at it I realize it is a good one to skip as we aren’t even in Revelation this time. Another “filler” lesson. My motto: keep on keeping on! It’s hard sometimes. Thanks again!

    • David says:

      I just returned home from lesson 18. Far from a filler! In fact the windshield time this evening with my kids was the best in nearly 9 years. It may be the group dynamic or just the group. One of my sons commented on the facilitator in his group, he prompted and let the kids explore their faith. he’s 13. The gospel wins!
      I would make sure you spend some time on this lesson on suffering. All the story’s I heard tonight were hard, there were tears (men’s group). We all reflected on Christs suffering for us….he never committed a crime…He acted in obedience in Love! I Agree that I sometimes don’t feel up to the 30 mile drive to BSF after my workday. It’s a great motto, keep on keeping on.
      David

      • Barb says:

        When I referred to the lesson as a filler lesson I think I should clarify. Bible study is NEVER wasted, but my comment was that we are skipping so much in Revelation and instead are jumping all over the Bible for other topics as if Revelation didn’t have enough to study in itself. And I do appreciate our TL very much, she is awesome in all that she brings out and her delivery is superb.

  3. mixwickie says:

    Like I’ve said before Revelation is such an interesting study why would you use so many weeks doing separate studies is beyond me. This is my first bsf experience and probably the last.

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