Use the notes and questions in this area to assist in your study of the Bible. This material is suitable for both individual and group use. It will often accompany the preaching series so that you can further explore Bible passages from which sermons have been prepared.
John sees the beginning of judgement against Babylon in this chapter, which draws much of its imagery from Daniel 7. What does John see? What does judgement mean for the church in the present and the future? This study explores these questions.
In Revelation 15, John sees bowls of anger being poured out on the earth. What are we to make of God’s anger and God’s judgement? How does this impact our faith, hope and love for God? We consider these issues in this study.
In the face of impending devastating judgements, Revelation 15 presents a vision of victory and praise to God. This chapter impels us to trust God even in the midst of very troubling times.
Revelation 14 contains fearful visions of judgement as well as strong visions of protection and security for God’s people. In this study we explore the challenges of living in a world that God loves and yet will judge.
In Revelation 13, John reveals that world empires are under the domain of Satan (the dragon) and other spiritual powers (the beasts). In this study, we explore John’s words and his challenge to grow in persevering faith during tough times.
Ephesians 6:10 – 24
In this final passage of Ephesians, we are challenged to become soldiers of peace, armed with integrity, faith and hope, and holding out the word of reconciliation to a world that is broken and divided.
Ephesians 5:21- 6:9
Some questions to help you delve deeper into Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9.
Ephesians 5: 1-20
Ephesians 5:1-20 explores what it means for the church to imitate God in the midst of a culture where many lesser gods beckon to us, Paul reminds the church of their identity as dearly beloved children of God. His words are ones of encouragement to live together as children of light, exposing hollow ways of living and redeeming the time.
Ephesians 4: 17-32
Some questions to help delve deeper into Ephesians 4: 17-32.
Ephesians 4: 1-16
In Ephesians 4:1-16, the apostle turns his attention to the characteristics of healthy churches. How do healthy church communities live? How do people who are really different to each other live in unity and peace?
Ephesians 3: 1-21
In Ephesians 3: 1-21, Paul continues to celebrate the triumph of God – in his own life! And then he cannot help but burst into prayer. This is the culminating passage of the first section of Ephesians.
Ephesians 2: 11-22
In Ephesians 2:11-22 we read of the church as the “new humanity”. This is a powerful, even revolutionary, portion of the Scriptures.
Ephesians 2: 1-10
What does it mean that the church is the fullness of Christ? In Ephesians, this is unfolded in 2: 1-10 as the apostle marvels at how churches, made up of both Jews and Gentiles in Christ, are part of an entire new creation!
After blessing God for the abundant and rich blessings in Ephesians 1:3-14, the letter to the Ephesians bursts into prayer. We explore this profound prayer in the study questions provided.
Ephesians is a majestic letter which explores the purposes of God for creation and humanity. In this study we delve into the profound words of Ephesians 1:1-14.
Hosea 11: 1-11
Hosea 2: 2-23
In Hosea 2 a great reversal occurs as judgement is replaced by restoration and blessing. Go’s covenant changes everything, for people in Israel, the nations and indeed the entire creation.
The Scriptures in Hosea 1-3 are full of challenges as God commands the prophet to love his wife in spite of her immorality and then to pay a price to buy her out of enslavement. What can we learn about God and his purpose for our lives from these chapters? This study explores the meaning of God’s covenant commitment to restore his people and indeed the entire creation.
Hosea 1: 1-11
In this first study of the OT prophet Hosea, we begin to explore a troubling and yet hope-filled story from a time of calamity and chaos in the history of Israel. We commence with reading and studying Hosea 1:1-11.
You can download a discussion paper prepared by the Assembly’s Gospel, Society and Culture Committee below.
Acts 20: 17-38
“Special attention should always be paid to how leaders conclude their leadership and the words they use in doing so. It is usually in their last words to their friends and followers that the leader reveals what is weighing most heavily on their mind and heart.” Preston Manning. What is on the heart and mind of the Apostle Paul as he says goodbye in Acts 20, …is for you!
1 Timothy 2
The slides from Kirk’s sermon on 1 Timothy 2 are available to download below.
1 Timothy 2
1 Timothy 2 is a portion of the Scriptures over which God’s people have debated over long periods of time. What do we make of this important teaching? The following questions and information will help us to read and study 1 Timothy 2 well.
1 Corinthians 14: 26-40
What is “evangelism? What is our responsibility in telling others about Jesus? We begin to explore this issue from John 4:1-42 and John’s account of Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well.
Luke 7: 36-50
Jesus has already pronounced forgiveness of sins for a crippled man. Now he makes the same pronouncement for a woman known as a sinner within the city. In Luke 7: 36-50 we have a stunning example of the transforming grace of Jesus.
Luke 7: 18-35
From his prison cell, John questions if Jesus truly is the Messiah. Jesus addresses this question in Luke 7: 18-35 for John and for a generation in which prophets were persecuted and many stumbled over and rejected God’s way in Jesus. This passage continues to be deeply important for our generation.
Luke 7: 1-17
In Luke 7:1-17, we read of two remarkable events in the life of Jesus – a healing and a resurrection – which Luke sets side by side in his portrayal of Jesus as Saviour of both Israel and the nations. This is an astonishing portion of Scripture!
Luke 6: 27-49
In Luke 6:27-49 Jesus describes the way of discipleship in terms of practices – what we do. true discipleship is characterised by a set of practices that are radically counter-cultural.
Luke 6: 12-26
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? In Luke 6:12 – 26, attention turns to discipleship and particularly the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to be apostles. This portion of Scripture is crucial for our understanding of discipleship in our own places and times.
Luke 6: 1-11
In Luke 6:1-11, Luke reports about the ministry of Jesus on two Sabbath days. Jesus continues to challenge traditions that have lost their meaning and purpose; that have become separated from and contrary to the love of God. And Jesus provocatively asserts that ‘the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath”.
In Luke 5:27-39 Jesus challenges expectations, crosses boundaries and announces that a bright, new era has begun. So it's time to celebrate. What does it mean for us to live in the light of this new day?
On the heaven-and -earth world stage, Jesus is re-enacting and rescripting the history of humanity and Israel in his own person. He is authoring a new history. A new future A new humanity. As he does so, Jesus is under scrutiny. Watched. Tested. Searched. Known. Not only by God, but by opponents who will eventually want him dead.
There is nothing small about the Jesus of Luke. On the stage of heaven-and-earth world history, Jesus authors the future of a new humanity and an entire new cosmos. Jesus has authority! Jesus is amazing! Luke 5:1-11 presents Luke’s account of a miraculous catch of fish – as Jesus “catches” his first disciples.
Luke 4:31-44 recounts the authority of Jesus as demons and sickness are rebuked! Those who come to Jesus are healed. The captives are being set free. But what does this mean for us? This portion of Luke insists that we address some tough questions about faith, healing, suffering and God’s purposes in our lives.
Luke affirms that Jesus, on a heaven-and-earth world stage, is re-enacting and rescripting history in his own person. Jesus invites us to join him in the history of the new humanity, empowered by the Spirit of God. In this passage, Jesus commences his ministry. His marvellous works and authoritative teaching, in places such as Capernaum, bring high praise. But then he returns home to Nazareth…
What is the way of Jesus? Luke challenges his readers to walk in the way of a history-changing, community-forming, joy-filled Jesus who seeks the lost and excluded, ushering them into a new life of hope and purpose. In this series, we will seek to more fully know Jesus through the writing of Luke.
Offerings and Sacrifices
The ritual of the burnt offering seems strange as we read the first chapter of Leviticus. Yet it is so crucial to an understanding of this book and indeed of scripture more widely, that we dare not miss its significance. To young people, our children and students, it must be even stranger. In our secularised western nations, any sense of the holy and the sacred, and conversely of the polluted and the profane, is almost completely gone.
Ordination of Priests
The tent of God’s presence was in the centre of the camp. Israelites huddled around holiness as they slept. Heaven’s majesty rested on earth, utter purity lived among impurity, uncreatedness with fragile mortality. This was a rare community indeed. Yahweh surrounded by his children!
Clean and Unclean
The primary meaning of “holy” is to be separated, apart from, distinct. God is initially holy in that he is utterly separate from and completely “other” than every created thing. And herein is the sum total of reality – the LORD who is the creator … and everything else that he has created. God and his creation. This is reality.
Day of Atonement
The Day of Atonement. It was the greatest day of the year!
Regulations for a Holy Nation
With what is “holiness” concerned? What do holy people do? Do we imagine hushed prayers and quiet reflections, hard beds and harsh diets, seriousness and silence, perhaps bald monks and cloistered nuns. Are these our primary images of holiness?