Get ready to Study the Word!
We will be studying the book of Romans!
Introducing our new forum Bible study.
It is basically a message board where we will post a half dozen questions or so each day, throughout the week. They will be the same questions as on our Online Bible Study of the week. You may then respond to these questions at your leisure and interact with others. The messages post in real time! You can also cut and paste to add more content or to save discussions for yourself. The notes and outlines are available on the Online Bible Study channel and you may also receive them through email when you register with us. The studies are arranged by week, we will start a new study on Wednesdays and conclude on Tuesdays. Then you may participate in our Tuesday evening chat study for further thoughts, prayer, and questions or just to hang out.
The Online Bible Studies are arranged by date, the date of the current Bible study is the last day of it. So if it says Online Bible Study for the week of July 31st then that means Tuesday the 31st is the chat study and the last day of the forum for that study.
To participate in our new forum study, just click on the 'Message Board' channel on our left side channel bar. It is easy! You use the same name and password as you do in our chat study. If you have not received a password, or have not used our chat room or received the email studies; then, just register with us on the upper right hand side of our site, you only need to register once.
Our CHAT Study:
To participate you need to register with our website by clicking on the upper right hand side where it says, One click membership. It is to the right of our bright yellow/ orange Scripture banner. It is easy. That way you can access our chat room, where we will hold a live interactive study Tuesdays at 7pm Pacific Standard Time (the time it is in California).
We will also email you the study outline, questions and thoughts for you to look at a few days before. All you need to do is read the passage, look over the questions and join in!
If you do not want to participate in the chat study or that is not a good time, you can still get the email study and use it for your own personal or group study.
We are a conservative reformed Bible centered in theology and committed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ministry organization. That is we are dedicated to the truth and integrity of Scripture, we add nothing to or take away from Gods most precious Word. We love the Word of God and desire you to do so too.
We are also most interested to what you have to say. We will not belittle or ever put you down! We firmly believe in the freedom of discussion as long as everyone behaves relationally. We can disagree (like that is something new) and still be encouragers and lifters up of the Cross. So if you are Reformed, Charismatic, Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline, or Pentecostal or do not even know what those words mean, we encourage you to join in. We invite Christians and all to join us, regardless of your church or denominational background. Our purpose is to challenge each other to grow and learn from the Word of God.
Our Bible study leader will be pastor Richard Krejcir, our Director and founder. Later on we will host other Bible studies until we have them everyday of the week. If you would like to lead one let us know. Please see our statement of faith and values first and if you agree 100% with it, then we can talk. You do not need to be a pastor.
The leader is a facilitator to stimulate discussion. Because of the chat format, there will be no lectures online. Our leader cannot type that fast! That is why it is important for you to first read the passage and go over the outline. That way you can engage in a better and more informed dissuasion, and you also will get much more out of it. You may bring any thoughts you may have. We do ask you to stick to the subject. Since our chat room is open 24/7 you can digress to other subjects before and after.
We are here to help each other to learn. We do not hold all of the answers, but we do know the One who does. So let us get to know Him through His Word and prayer.
Directions for using the online Bible study
If you have not already please register with us first to participate. You will be emailed the Outline and Questions a few days before. If you do not get them, they will also be available on our website in the Online Bible Study channel. You may join our chat room anytime (it is open 24/7). Our Bible study leaders will be there during the assigned Bible study times.
Please spread the word about the Word! And let people know about the online Bible study!
1. Go to our website
2. When you want to join in the online Bible study just click on the Chat channel on the left side maroon channel bar toward the bottom on our website.
3. Then sign in using the same info that you registered with (if you forgot, just follow the directions) it will take you directly into the chat Bible study.
4. When you want to talk, just type what you want to say, (we will not be grading for spelling), then press Enter. And there you go.
The Forum Bible Study works the same way, except you click on the 'Message Board' channel and chose 'Into Thy Word Bible Study', it is on top!
Let others know: they can participate too by registering on our website by clicking on the upper right hand side where it says, One click membership. It is to the right of our bright yellow/ orange Scripture banner. It is that easy. That way you can access our chat room, where we will hold a live interactive study Tuesdays at 7pm Pacific Standard Time (the time it is in California).
See you or is it read you, on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8:30pm!
Remember to register with us first to participate. You will be emailed the Outline and Questions a few days before. If you do not get them, they will also be available on our website in the Bible Studies channel. You may join our chat room anytime. Our Bible study leaders will be there during the signed times.
Please spread the word about the Word! And let people know about the online Bible study!
How to be a capable Bible student
The capable Bible student is rooted and grounded in the spiritual disciplines of the faith, whose drive is their passionate love relationship to the Lordship of Christ. And what flows out of it is the desire to love Gods people, to herd them with love into the pastures of maturity. To lead where the leader has been before, and the people have not been. The mature Christian or leader must exhibit the maturity of the Christian life as the result of their growth and experience in the faith. An effective leader cannot be new to the faith. Even the Apostle Paul spent three years being discipled by Barnabas, and he received his call and was empowered directly from Christ Himself. I have seen too many immature Christians who lead by who they are in society, and not who they are in Christ.
A few years ago while on staff at a church, we received a family who came to faith at a crusade, and the father was the founder of a major fast food franchise. So in less than a year he was my boss, and the president and ruling Elder of the congregation. Now he was a great guy and very successful in business, but he did not know how to run a church. So he instinctually ran it like a business and his policies failed. He did not know how to lead in a church, which is different than in a corporation, even though a lot of the principles are transferable. After several years he did become a good leader as he matured in the faith. But the church suffered during his learning curve needlessly.
There is no substitute to time spent in the face of our Lord, with a surrendered heart and a learning will. We must be willing to be humble no matter who we are and our experience. I had to learn this lesson a few years back when I went from being on staff at a large and influential church to a small church in a small town. My first thought before accepting the call was that I was too good for it. But God wanted me there to teach me to walk closer to him, and not walk in the position that I held. So I did, and I experienced humbleness. Nobody knew me as the conference speaker or author or big position in a big church, but just a youth pastor in a small church. But this is where Christ wanted me, and I learned a lot. It prepared me for the road He had for me. And Im glad I went there because I learned things in a broader context, that I could not have in a large "mega" church.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." (II Timothy 2:15-16; 22-24)
This passage is a testimony to the importance of holiness, and to keep ourselves growing in our spiritual lives so that our emotional selves are impacted and grow too.
Spiritual maturity will lead into emotional maturity most of the time, unless there is some physiological or psychological problem, or deep stress that has never been resolved. It is imperative for the leader to be in control of their emotional health. If not, they need to step down and seek help both spiritually and psychologically. If the leader is given to fits of rage or is just overly emotional, they cannot set the example that Christ has. We are not to be Vulcans exhibiting pure logic and no emotions, absolutely not. God created us as emotional beings, but as with anything we must have control of the excess and the potential for rampage.
Are you transformed by the Word?
By Richard Krejcir
Into Thy Word -
We can master the entire Bible and, even be totally transformed by the Word; but, if nothing comes from it, it is meaningless and nearly worthless. This is one of the main points of the book of James. Our faith must have a response to it. Yes we may be saved, but what good is it if we do nothing with it.
With the knowledge we have learned, it becomes our responsibility! And then we are to ask, "how then do I live?" What can I do now, today, or this week to implement the instructions given to me with my relationship to Christ, to others, and to myself?
True application comes only from the result of a life transformed. You may do good works without Christ, but they are out of a sense of obligation and guilt, and not out of a response to our sin nature that has been covered by grace creating a willing and loving heart to model the character of our Lord!
The fruits of the Spirit are the result of a life transformed by Christ.
How we are un-transformed: "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal. 5:19-21)
How we are transformed: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." (Gal 5:22-26)
God uses His Word to transform us, it is what we do, and what He does. He sends us His Spirit, we respond.
REMEMBER: Application comes out of a Changed life and leads to a life transformed! Rom 12:1-3
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:
Satan would like nothing better than for you not to do the above!!! Do not procrastinate. Press on!!! Do not assume that because you understand something that you have applied it!!! Do not get frustrated. You cannot expect instant results.
Studying the Word without putting any application to it is like buying a nice new car, taking it home and keeping it in your garage. Then all you do is sit in it and pretend you are driving, listening to the radio, but never actually turning it on and going anywhere with it.
When we read Gods Word and do nothing with it, we become the biggest fools in the universe!
This area of putting feet to Gods Word is the most neglected aspect of our Christian life! But it is at this part where our lives change and God uses us to change others.
"Discussion:" THINGS TO VIEW, ASK, AND APPLY:
Take your passage, (choose a short book like II or III John or Jude or) and go through it together or in small groups with these steps.
1. Jesus urged us to build our lives on His Word. (See Matthew 7:24-27)
What must I do to make Gods Word real in me?
When will what I learned end up in my day planner?
What is my response?
The Word of God is to lead us to model the character of Christ, to be formed in the
image of God.
Mediate over the passage you are studying, that is reflect on it, ponder it, and think of it so that you are seriously going over the passage over and over in your mind. Then the memorization will become easier since the verse(s) have rooted in you!
Pray to ask God how to implement His truth to you.
Tell Others. Remember Matthew 28. The best way to remember what you learn is to teach others.
Accountability. Let someone else you know and trust hold you to your promises especially as it relates to the study of Gods Word.
Beware!! The more knowledge we have, the more accountability and responsibility we have to God. This is why Moses was not allowed into the Promised Land, when he seemingly disobeyed God by hitting a rock with his staff. It may not seem much of an offense to us, but before God, Moses knew better then anyone else. Fortunately for us today, we have grace!
Have a student read the following passages (it is always better focused to go deep by turning out the lights and light a candle):
"But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to youguard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." (II Tim. 1:10-14)
You can stand in an ice-cream shop all day long and stare at all of the flavors. But no enjoyment or satisfaction will come until you bite into a scoop for yourself!
Remember the Word of Gods purpose is to transform us into the image of God, to model His character!
Discipleship is following Christ and not just beliefs, ideas, or causes. Too many people are devoted to a doctrine or a cause in the name of Christ, but not Christ Himself! That is how we got the Inquisition and Crusades.
"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy lifenot because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time." (I Tim. 1:6-9)