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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bold Baby Steps (Study)

living for Christ, Being bolder for Christ
Artwork: Billy Frank Alexander
"When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? ... Jesus didn't die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It's storming the gates of hell. The will of God is not an insurance plan. It's a daring plan." 
~ Mark Batterson* 

I'm reading missionary biographies with my granddaughter, and they're powerfully inspiring.

They help me realize:
  • Very ordinary people have done exceptional things for God. 
  • The world is suffering without our Savior. 
  • Life is painfully short and eternity is wonderfully long. 
Sometimes I read about these marvelous Christians, and I think: 'I can't live like they lived. I might as well give up.' 

But God is teaching me that baby steps are better than no steps. 

So I'm asking: What one thing can I do to live my faith more boldly, dangerously, and daring today? 

What one thing can you do? 

*All In: You Are One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life

Bible Study

1. Think about the importance of knowing the Bible. What baby step can you take this week to better know God through study of His Word?

Psalm 19:7: The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17: Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (Amplified Bible)

2. Think of the Importance of turning away from worldly influences. What baby step can you take this week? 

Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

3. Think about the importance of sharing Christ with others. What baby step can you take this week in sharing Christ? 

Revelation 20:15: Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. 

Acts 4:11-12: Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

For part 2 of this study with insights for the questions, check out "Learning to Walk."
copyright 2014, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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