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Bible Studies on Abiding In God

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

Abiding In God – Lesson 10: The Calling of Service

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:121; 1 Corinthians 12:12-18

Memory Verse:That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10


What is the purpose and plan that God has for us in His vineyard—this realization prepares us for service. Bill Gothard says, “Men keep looking for better methods and God keeps looking for better men.” This thought rings forth a truth that is inescapable. God’s plan and purpose include people willing to serve Him! He could call forth stones but He would

Abiding In God – Lesson 11: Discovering God’s Will

Scripture Reading: John 6:28-40

Memory Verse:And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2


God will reveal His will for the direction and decision making for our lives. At the outset to the often heard or thought question, “What is God’s will?” we must recognize that this is no easy matter to consider. Often the issue is a small one; while at other times a decision can be a life—or—death

Abiding In God – Lesson 12: Doing God’s Will

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:7-25

Memory Verse:Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” Hebrews 13:21


In practical application, applying God’s will with His revealed knowledge, we substantiate the need for action. In the New Testament, will is chiefly translated from thelo, which expresses an active choice or purpose.

“We may even choose and act deliberately in opposition to the will of God while it is possible to oppose the will

Abiding In God – Lesson 13: Looking Down the Road

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-7

Memory Verse:. . . and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13b-14.


As we preview our future journey through the maze of life we recognize that no matter what our present age is, we have a future. Some of that future will be spent in our present life but the ultimate future will be ours also. Keeping in mind God wants our future to be bright, productive, successful and overcoming.

“In the

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,