Bible Study for the Laity

Matthew 18 and Christian Conduct

Author: Dr. John Warwick Montgomery

Matthew 18:15-17 is ground zero for handling conflicts among Christians.  It is however, not commonly honored in the breach.  And its application is woefully narrowed.  In this brief Bible study, we shall attempt to clarify the meaning and the ambit of Jesus’ teaching on the responsibility of Christians in conflict situations. Conflicts are ideally resolved on the lowest plane possible, thereby creating minimal embarrassment and publicity both for the creator of the conflict and for the larger community.

This is a four page discussion on the need for applying Matthew 18:15-17 more frequently in our Christian lives. It can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Doctrine of Vocation

This interesting and vital to know topic currently consists of three lessons.  The first lesson is an overview of the doctrine, followed by a lesson on The Estate of the Family. The last lesson is a Vocation Workshop where the lessons learned are applied. Future additions to this series will be lessons on the church and society, known more recently as the “public square.” All lessons are PowerPoint presentations and are one hour in length.

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How to Use the ESV Study Bible

This study Bible is chock full of new insights, aids and helps in studying your Bible. It is one lesson long and is available in PowerPoint by clicking here here.

Evangelism, Outreach and Affirmation

This CMS presentation consists of three session, each 2 lessons long, making up a six-week study. All lessons are in PowerPoint, which can be extended by the presenter based on experience. This study is meant as a preparation event prior to undertaking the new Synod evangelism program titled Every One His Witness. It is available in CD format for $10.00, plus $3.00 for shipping. Order by email to Churchmatters@frontier.com, or via the contact page.

Around the World Theology for the Curious Christian

For a list of Bible studies contained on the Around the World Theology for the Curious Christian Website use this link.  http://www.whatdoesthismean.org/bible-study-archive.html

Who said that?

One of the early church fathers also originated some of the early Christian sayings, some of which survive to this day. Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicized as Tertullian, was a lay church leader and prolific author of early Christianity. Click here for some of his sayings and for a fun exercise try searching for more of his quotes.

Adiaphora

This two lesson Bible study deals with the Scriptural and practical sides of this important topic. It is known by several titles, such as, Church Rites and Practices Neither Commanded nor Forbidden by God, or indifferent things. However, the topic is a wonderful way to explore how Christian Freedom intersects with historical practices that support our Lutheran Confessions. The lessons are all in PowerPoint and does not require speakers. The study can be downloaded free by clicking here.

The Book of Jonah

This is a two part Bible study on the Book of Jonah, in PowerPoint. Part I covers the introduction to the book and background info on Jonah’s history and the events and places leading up to his mission to Nineveh. Part II of the study covers the 4 chapters of the book and their relationship to our efforts to evangelism within our vocations as well as deal with adversity. Part I file size is too large for the website so it can be requested by email from churchmatters@frontier.com. Part II file size is too large for the website so it can be requested by email from churchmatters@frontier.com.

Church Practices – Worship and Adiaphora

This is a 5 lesson graphics rich study in PowerPoint including embedded music clips to demonstrate music styles from the Old Testament Temple to modern times. Speakers will be needed. Lesson 1 is the History of Worship (covers the Old Testament); Lesson 2, Houses of Worship, covers from the time of Christ up to the Reformation with major discussion on the significance of differing styles of churches, with emphasis on the chancel. Lesson 3, The Worship Setting, is where the emphasis is placed on the worship space and the historical significance, or not, of its ceremonies and appointments. Lesson 4, The Elements of Divine Service, is focused on the music, hymns, songs and preaching used in different worship settings as compared to orthodox and historical settings. Lesson 5, Adiaphora in our Time, is a study on free will as one end of the tension and historical practice on the other end. Critical questions are posed as to what is adiaphora and what is not, and how to “manage” any conflicts. This study is only available in CD format due to the large file sizes and can be ordered by email to churchmatters@frontier.com.

 

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