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Bible Studies on Abiding In God

Abiding In God – Acknowledgments

The following books were very helpful in preparing these studies. All the direct quotes are on a numeric notation referral.

  1. Discovering God’s Will. Navpress; Colorado Springs, CO; Warren and Ruth Myers; 1980.
  2. Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. G. & G. Merriam Co.; Springfield, MA; 1967.
  3. Adam Clark’s Commentary. Baker Book House; Grand Rapids, MI; Abridged by Ralph Earle; 1967.
  4. Good News By A Man Named Mark. American Bible Society; New York, N. Y.; 1974.
  5. Spiritual Basics: New Life in Christ. Leader’s Guide; Serendipity House; Nashville, TN; Lyman Coleman; 1981.
  6. Spiritual Basics: New Life in Christ. Student Book; Serendipity House; Nashville,

Abiding In God – Lesson 1: Resisting God’s Plan

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1-13

Memory Verse:The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10


God is good and He wills only the best for us. Though He is great and awesome, He cares about us as persons with the same delicate precision He used in designing the complexities of space. He has formulated a plan for each of our lives and His plan dovetails precisely with the calling and contribution He has in

Abiding In God – Lesson 2: In God We Trust

Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1-8

Memory Verse:Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” James 1:17


If we can’t trust ourselves or our own plans, who can we trust? Is God able to be trusted in planning your life? Webster says, “Trust is an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or on something future or contingent” (2). I am sure we all have had good and bad experiences when we’ve been placed in

Abiding In God – Lesson 3: Sovereign Power to Work the Plan

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 22:29-37

Memory Verse:But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” John 14:26


If God has a plan, how does He work the plan? By what agency does God activate and carry out His plans for you?

“God wants what is best for us, He also knows what is best and He has the power to bring His good plan to fulfillment. He is sovereign over

Abiding In God – Lesson 4: Designed by God

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 43:4-12 ; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Memory Verse:For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10


What do you do when you feel like a black sheep? How do we discover who we are in God’s eyes versus our own mirror image? We all go through times in our lives when we feel inferior to others. The black-sheep syndrome sets in when we question our physical characteristics, personality, abilities, or personal success. It is an unfortunate fact that

Abiding In God – Lesson 5: The Turning Point

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-24; Acts 9:1-22

Memory Verse:Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” Isaiah 1:18


Can a black sheep be made white? Is it possible to turn darkness (blindness) to light (sight)? The idea that man is sinful from birth through no fault of his own, stubs many people’s toes as they ponder their spiritual condition. No doubt, many sin on their own accord upon reaching a certain

Abiding In God – Lesson 6: Lord of My Life

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:11-23

Memory Verse: “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple” Psalm 27:4


Christ is our Savior, but He is also Lord of our lives! Do our priorities and commitment to Him reflect Christ as Savior and Lord of our life? Many people may recognize Jesus Christ as the only Savior for the world; some may even accept Him

Abiding In God – Lesson 7: The Perfect Team

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:44-47; Hebrews 10:11-25

Memory Verse:Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” John 15:4


“What was it about the Christians in the first century that caused the pagan world to sit up and take notice? With so much trouble and pain why did so many people flock into the church? (5:p. 60)

Our relationships in church may also be distant and strained. We may be scared to share our innermost

Abiding In God – Lesson 8: Getting in and Staying in Spiritual Shape

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-21; 2 Peter 1:1-10

Memory Verse:I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14


By considering ourselves in spiritual development as a member in God’s army, many of us are very careful to stay in good physical shape. The methods may range from a good diet to a rigorous exercise program. There are, of course, many variations of the two. The reasoning though, is usually the same. We desire long life, better daily health, and yes, sometimes the doctor gives us no

Abiding In God – Lesson 9: Trials, Suffering, and Growing Pains

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:3-24; 1 Peter 4:12-19

Memory Verse:That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”  1 Peter 1:7


Spiritual growth is often accompanied by growing pains. The Christian life is made up of building blocks tightly fit together. Some of these blocks consist of neat experiences and good times, while some of these blocks consist of trials, pain, and suffering. All of these blocks are necessary in