Bible Proficiency Project
Week 15, 4/13 - 4/18, 2020

I.     Monday —Luke 14:25-35   Leaving All

1.     What does Jesus mean when He says to follow Him you must hate your family and even your own life?

2.    In what way does verse 28 warn against making accept Christ sound too easy?

3.    What lesson is Jesus teaching about understanding what it takes to follow God?

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 18:10-14  The Lost Sheep

1.     Why does Jesus say that the man left the 99 to pursue the one that was lost? Is this speaking of church

       members?

III.   Wednesday — Luke 15:1-32  Lost Things

1.     What is the context of the parable of the lost sheep that leads Jesus to teach about seeking the one lost?

2.    What is Jesus’ point about the lost coin?

3.    In the parable of the lost son (prodigal son) what do both sons share in common?

4.    What was the sin of the lost son from which he repented?

IV.  Thursday – Luke 16:1-31  About Riches

1.     What is the reason that the steward had fallen out of favor with his master?

2.    What makes the steward’s solution worthy to have the master’s favor restored?

3.    What do you think the spiritual lesson here is given verses 9-12?

4.    What is the main point in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

5.    In  what way does this story anticipate Jesus’ resurrection?

V.    Friday — Matthew 18:15-35   The Unforgiving Servant

1.     What is our Christian duty when we become aware of a brother or sister in the Lord sinning?

2.    What is the correct understanding of the notion “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I

       am there in the midst of them?

3.    How often should a Christian forgive someone who sins against them repeatedly?

4.    Who does the king represent and who does the servant who owed much represent?

5.    What is the lesson regarding forgiveness that we must learn here?

VI.   Saturday —Luke 17:1-10  The Faith of a Mustard Seed

1.     To what degree is it possible for a Christian to avoid offending someone?

2.    Jesus answers the request for increased faith by pointing to the mustard tree. This is obviously hyperbolic

       language but is there something to be learned in Jesus’ words?

3.    What is Jesus’ point about how we should view our Christian service?

 

 

I.      Monday —Luke 14:25-35   Leaving All

1.      The cost of discipleship is the issue here. If there is anything that might hinder one’s love and commitment toward God then

        it must be resisted as an enemy that seeks to separate us from the love of God.

2.     The reality is that one must be willing and ready to lose or give up everything in pursuit of Jesus. The kingdom of God

        cannot be entered into lightly.

3.     Jesus makes clear that one’s life requires tremendous sacrifice to walk in a way worthy of eternal life. One must live in a

        way that considers seriously what it will cost or take to enter into a serious service for God.

II.     Tuesday — Matthew 18:10-14  The Lost Sheep

1.      It is an intriguing thought that a pastor would leave his congregation to retrieve just one. But this maybe more in the context

        that Jesus is teaching that all who belong to the Master will be accounted for and not one will be lost according to verse 14

.

III.    Wednesday — Luke 15:1-32  Lost Things

1.      This is Jesus being questioned about who He was associating with. Jesus response may have overtones that the 99 were

        self-righteous who did not understand the importance of all men needing to repent. So in this parable Jesus is speaking of

        pursuing the one who is lost rather than hanging out with the 99 who saw themselves as safe.

2.     In this parable it appears to view the nine coins as being safe in possession of the owner and so now attention is given to

        recover the one that is not yet safe.

3.     They are both children of the same father.

4.     He squandered the riches of his father’s house to which he had an inheritance. In other words, he showed disdain for his

        father out of a love for the things of this world. When all was lost he learned that the riches of this world were vapor. The

        other son was guilty of thinking that his father owed him his inheritance and likewise failed to understand that the

        inheritance of the sons flowed from the love of the father. In this sense, he was no better than his brother in that he too was

        more concerned about the things than the father.

IV.    Thursday – Luke 16:1-31  About Riches

1.      He was failing in his job in that he had loaned out the master’s wealth and not sought to have it repaid.

2.     The master recognized that the steward had sought what return who could knowing he could not receive a full return if he

        had asked. Some is better than none.

3.     The point appears to be that we need to act wisely and diligently in our worldly callings as a spiritual duty and that we need

        to view them as an important part of God’s calling for us in our spiritual walk.

4.     This great reversal is not the central lesson, if one at all. It is that once one departs this life there is no interaction between

        heaven and hell as well as no opportunity to change one’s final destination.

5.     Common sense would tell us that if we saw a miracle or saw someone come back from the dead that would be convincing

        evidence upon which one would believe. But Jesus says that if they do not believe Moses and the prophets (the Word of

        God) they will not believe because someone is raised from the dead.

V.    Friday — Matthew 18:15-35   The Unforgiving Servant

1.      To go and speak to them about it. If they doesn’t get through then you should take a friend. If they still will not repent then

        involve the church officers.

2.     This is in the context of church discipline and Jesus is stating that He also is present as a witness in the process.  

3.     Everytime.

4.     The king is God and the servant is all of us as sinners who owe God a debt we can never repay.

5.     God requires of us a willingness and a forgiving heart toward others. A consistent theme throughout scripture is not to seek

        revenge or hold onto malice or bitterness. The example of this is God Himself who forgives us all, however, this is also a call

        for us to respond in kind to those who owe us.

VI.   Saturday —Luke 17:1-10  The Faith of a Mustard Seed

1.      It is impossible, however, that is why God exhorts us to repent and seek forgiveness when necessary. The Christian is to

        live in a way that manifests the love of God toward others. Sometimes that offends people and there is nothing we can do

        about that – it is the offense of the gospel. But other times we act improperly and then we should repent and seek

        forgiveness.

2.     Jesus’ point is that faith does grow. It starts out small like a mustard seed but it will grow greater and great things can

        happen when we simply believe in God.

3.     Essentially He is saying we should not yearn for praise when we simply do what is expected of us. However, He also says in

        another place that we will receive praise and reward for faithful service. But the reward comes of grace not merit.