Featured Studies

An Unlikely Witness: John 4:1-42
How a woman with a bad reputation became an unlikely witness to the love and compassion of Jesus.
Christian Living in a non-Christian World
As Christians we are to be in the world but not of the world. Daniel faced this problem as a Jewish captive in Babylon.
Ses'khona #1: We are Here...to Look to Jesus
“Ses’khona” means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 1 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis.

AIDS/HIV

Luke 10:25-37
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 2 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. The second study in this series looks at the story of the Good Samaritan. Why and how can we get involved with those in need?
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 3 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. The third study in this series examines how healing works in various dimensions.
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 4 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. This Bible study examines how Jesus approached gender perceptions.
Luke 4:1-13
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 5 of a 10-study series  about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. This study examines how to face temptation and how to deal with addictions. Why should we look to Jesus when struggling
Luke 7:36-50
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 6 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis.This study approaches the delicate topic of sexuality. What does sexual wholeness look like and what can we do to ask for help
Luke 6:37-49
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 7 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS risis. This study shows the difference between God’s judgment and our judgment of others.
Luke 15:11-32
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 8 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. This study in Luke 15:11-32 demonstrates Jesus’ love for the social outcasts of his day.
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 9 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. This study approaches the difficult, but inevitable, topic of death. It tells how Jesus coped with his own death. As Christians, how
Luke 24:13-49
Ses’khona means “we are here” in the SiSwati language. This is Part 10 of a 10-study series about presenting Christ in the HIV/AIDS crisis. This final study looks at what lies beyond death and the hope of eternal life through Christ.

Book of Acts

Acts 16:16-34
In this study, we see how Paul can share the Gospel with anyone, even in the most unusual situations.
Acts 17:16-34
How can we share the Gospel with those of another religion or world view? Paul is a great example for us.
Acts 25:23 - 26:32
Paul demonstrates how to be a witness to those in a higher position of power and authority.
Acts 28:17-31
This study highlights the importance of boldly sharing the gospel in all places around the world.
Acts 0
The Book of Acts is a fascinating account of the early disciples as they formed the early church and spread the Good News of Jesus. Luke - a doctor who traveled along on some of these adventures - tells the story in an interesting, accurate and reliable way.
Acts 1:1-11
As Christians we are called to be witnesses of Christ. This study examines the instructions Jesus gave his followers before he left them to carry on his mission.
Acts 3:1-26
God uses miracles, like the healing of a beggar, to proclaim his amazing powers.
Acts 4:23-37
This study highlights the power and advantages of a group of Christians as a witnessing community.
Acts 6:1 - 8:4
This study about Stephen, a leader in the early Church, provides an example of the cost of witnessing.
Acts 9:1-22
The gospel of Jesus has the power to transform even the most stubborn people.Getting Started: If you were to vote for the person “most likely never to become a Christian” whom would you choose? Why? If you had lived in the first century, you probably would have chosen Saul of
Acts 13:1-12
How can we present the truth to others, even when there are obstacles or opposition? This study specifically looks Th

Calling

Luke 2:22-40
This study is about two older people whose lives ended well. They seemed to know how to live life with power and meaning. Let’s look at their “witness” to Jesus.
Joshua 1:1-9
God calls us to lead, even when we think we are not ready. Joshua was a courageous leader of the people of Israel who followed God’s commands.

Character Studies

Luke 19:1-10
In this study, we’ll look at how anyone can be a transformed witness.   In this study, we’ll l
Luke 5:1-11
This is a story about a person who was a true professional, someone who could handle things by himself and yet who, in the context of his profession, learned some amazing things about Jesus.

Community

Acts 4:23-37
This study highlights the power and advantages of a group of Christians as a witnessing community.

Corinthians

1 Corinthians 10:1-33
What lessons can we learn from the people of Israel when we face temptations from our own culture today?  What happened to the Israelites is a forewarning to Christians to be wary of temptations in order to encourage others not to stumble.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
What are spiritual gifts and how are they to be used today?
1 Corinthians 9:1-23
In the Bible, Paul is a self-proclaimed apostle. An apostle is a religious messenger or ambassador by divine appointment. Through this study, we can examine elements of Paul’s life and encorporate them into our own witness to others.

Encounters with Jesus

Luke 19:1-10
Following Jesus entails radical, costly obedience, including restitution when we do wrong. The greater the changes and restitution required, the less likely conversion seems. But the “unlikeliness” of it is irrelevant to God; it is “possible with God.” When those who have hurt us turn to the Lord, part of our costly obedience is being ready to forgive and accept.
Luke 18:18-30
Everyone has a different attitude toward wealth than Jesus does. Encountering Jesus around this topic is confusing for both the rich ruler and Jesus’ followers, but three things are clear:Wealth is generally a hindrance to spiritualityGod can wean a heart from this seductive idolReal treasure awaits those who abandon idols and follow Jesus.Jesus’ command to leave all behind and follow him is always coupled with his promise of expanded community now and eternal life in the future.
Luke 7:36-50
Simon the Pharisee and the forgiven woman illustrate two different reactions to Jesus. Simon sees Jesus as a merely another teacher not even worthy of common courtesy. The woman on the other hand has a radical reaction to Jesus. She reacts with great sacrifice (pouring out the expensive perfume), and undignified affection (wiping his feet with her hair). The woman’s reaction flows out of her profound recognition of Jesus forgiveness of her great debt. Simon’s reaction comes from the fact that he does not believe he needs much forgiveness (i.e. he believes his debt is small). One of the greatest inhibitors to being transformed by God is the lack of recognition of your own sinfulness.
Luke 7:1-10
Jesus is amazed by the centurion’s faith. This Gentile recognizes Jesus’ power and authority while others see Jesus as merely a healer or rabbi. For Jesus’ help, no other “merits” are required, though the centurion, his servants and the Jewish elders—and maybe us—expect that to be the case.
Luke 5:1-11
We may be tempted to avoid Jesus so that we don’t have to face part of ourselves or our past. We fear Jesus will be put off by our sin and that he won’t have a place for us in his kingdom. But Jesus thinks we are still worth catching and calls us to know him better and join him in building his kingdom.

Ephesians

Ephesians 1:15 - 2:10
This study is part of a series of four studies covering Ephesians:1. Part 1, Ephesians 1:15 - 2:10 2. Part 2, Ephesians 3:1 -
Ephesians 3:1-21
This study is part of a series of four studies covering Ephesians:
Ephesians 4:17 - 5:16
This study is part of a series of four studies covering Ephesians:
Ephesians 5:17 - 6:9
This study is part of a series of four studies covering Ephesians:

Ephesus

This is part two of a four-part series by Pete Hammond. Mr. Hammond is a long-time leader in the American church, starting with his involvement in the racial integration of a few southern Universities during his early years on InterVarsity Staff, and continuing through his long-term passion of
This is part three of a four-part series by Pete Hammond. Mr. Hammond is a long-time leader in the American church, starting with his involvement in the racial integration of a few southern Universities during his early years on InterVarsity Staff, and continuing through his long-term passion of
Ephesus was a significant city in the first decades of the Church. The Ephesians appear several times in the New Testament, over a roughly 40-year period. Pete Hammond has written a cycle of four Bible Studies on the message to the people of Ephesus.
This is part four of a four-part series by Pete Hammond. Mr. Hammond is a long-time leader in the American church, starting with his involvement in the racial integration of a few southern Universities during his early years on InterVarsity Staff, and continuing through his long-term passion of

Evangelism

Luke 11:53 - 12:11
In this passage, Jesus is on his way from Galilee to Jerusalem and has just taught about true discipleship and the kingdom of God. Some of those who heard him and want to follow him are about to be sent out on a mission. In this study we’ll explore what it is like to be a witness sent on
Luke 18:35-43
In this passage, a blind man receives the joy of new-found sight. The healing and the new life which this blind man experiences are duplicated many times over as he testifies to God’s goodness and leads others to praise God, too.
Acts 1:1-11
As Christians we are called to be witnesses of Christ. This study examines the instructions Jesus gave his followers before he left them to carry on his mission.

Faith

Luke 7:1-10
Through the witness of a Roman soldier, we are given a fresh look at what faith is, and what faith in Jesus means in a practical way .
John 14:1-12
Jesus reveals more about who he is to those who knew him best. They had much to learn. What can this story teach us about the person of Jesus and his mission?

Grace

Luke 15:1-32
This is the story of a father’s grace which witnesses to God’s grace in Jesus.

Isaiah

Isaiah 43:1 - 44:5
Is your God too small? Expand your understanding of who God is with this majestic portrait from the prophet Isaiah.

Justice

Luke 4:16-30
In this study we are going to see Jesus’ attitude toward the Bible of his day-what we call the Old Testament. We’ll see how he took it as an authoritative witness to himself and gave his audience a radical twist on its interpretation.
Christ’s love is all-encompassing. A very quick reading of Scripture shows how his compassion is readily stirred for the hungry, the homeless and the orphans, and how hot his temper rages against those who oppress.

Knowing God

Exodus 33:12 - 34:9
This study is an example of God’s great power and the different qualities he possesses. It helps us begin to understand the sovereignty of God and his relationship with Moses and his people.
Psalms 139
This well-known Psalm points our the amazing knowledge God has of us, giving us a better picture of who he is and his vast knkowledge.
Romans 8
This study is about the place of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians, the power to overcome sin through Christ and God’s amazing love for us.
Joshua 1:1-18
When God gives an assignment, he stands ready to provide the resources. You will find in your own experience that His promises are as reliable today as in the time of Moses and Joshua. Let’s look at how God did that with Moses and Joshua.

Luke

Luke 5:1-11
This is a story about a person who was a true professional, someone who could handle things by himself and yet who, in the context of his profession, learned some amazing things about Jesus.
Luke 22:54-62
This Bible study specifically looks at sin and temptation in a person’s life.
Luke 7:1-10
Through the witness of a Roman soldier, we are given a fresh look at what faith is, and what faith in Jesus means in a practical way .
Luke 23:39-43
Jesus’ death on the cross was more than just his own execution; it was also God’s means of our own salvation. Jesus went to the site of his execution out of love for us. An important sub-story of Jesus’ passion was his conversation with the two common thieves crucified next
Luke 24:1-12
In this study we’ll look at how Jesus’ closest followers responded to his claim that he would rise from the dead. Their story will help us examine our own belief in Jesus’ words and the words of his witness.
Luke 24:13 - 23:35
 In this study we will look at two disciples who go from confusion to insight in their thinking about Jesus.
Luke 7:36-50
Jesus was performing great miracles among the people and teaching with great authority. One day, he accepts a dinner invitation into an astute citizen’s household, and surprising things happen!
Luke 24:36-53
In this passage, Jesus isn’t preparing baby-sitters, he’s preparing witnesses. This is his last recorded interaction with his followers in Luke’s gospel. As someone reads Luke 24:36-53, watch and listen for how he prepares them.
The following pages constitute a series of Bible Studies on the first nine chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Read the introduction, or skip down to the index.
Luke 9:18-27
This passage is a hinge point in Luke. After this he “sets his face toward Jerusalem” where he knows he will die (verse 51).
Luke 1:1-4
Luke was a curious man. He wanted to talk with people who knew Jesus personally to find out more about him. What is your opinion of Jesus? Luke’s report may be enlightening for you… .
Luke 10 - 24
What does it mean to be a “witness” to Jesus? The Gospel of Luke is a fascinating account of Jesus and those who witnessed his life. Luke tells the story of Jesus — and what that story means for us — in an interesting, accurate and reliable way.
Luke 1:26-38
In this story, a heavenly visitor comes to Mary and proclaims that she will miraculously bear a child, and that he will be great. Let’s see what greatness is for Jesus as we delve into this famous passage.
Luke 11:53 - 12:11
In this passage, Jesus is on his way from Galilee to Jerusalem and has just taught about true discipleship and the kingdom of God. Some of those who heard him and want to follow him are about to be sent out on a mission. In this study we’ll explore what it is like to be a witness sent on
Luke 2:1-20
In this story from Luke’s gospel, good news comes to some unlikely witnesses. We’ll ponder what it means that Jesus is “good news.”
Luke 2:22-40
This study is about two older people whose lives ended well. They seemed to know how to live life with power and meaning. Let’s look at their “witness” to Jesus.
Luke 15:1-32
This is the story of a father’s grace which witnesses to God’s grace in Jesus.
Luke 18:35-43
In this passage, a blind man receives the joy of new-found sight. The healing and the new life which this blind man experiences are duplicated many times over as he testifies to God’s goodness and leads others to praise God, too.
Luke 3:1-20
This study examines the life and work of John the Baptist.
Luke 4:16-30
In this study we are going to see Jesus’ attitude toward the Bible of his day-what we call the Old Testament. We’ll see how he took it as an authoritative witness to himself and gave his audience a radical twist on its interpretation.
Luke 19:1-10
In this study, we’ll look at how anyone can be a transformed witness.   In this study, we’ll l
Luke 19:1-10
Following Jesus entails radical, costly obedience, including restitution when we do wrong. The greater the changes and restitution required, the less likely conversion seems. But the “unlikeliness” of it is irrelevant to God; it is “possible with God.” When those who have hurt us turn to the Lord, part of our costly obedience is being ready to forgive and accept.
Luke 18:18-30
Everyone has a different attitude toward wealth than Jesus does. Encountering Jesus around this topic is confusing for both the rich ruler and Jesus’ followers, but three things are clear:Wealth is generally a hindrance to spiritualityGod can wean a heart from this seductive idolReal treasure awaits those who abandon idols and follow Jesus.Jesus’ command to leave all behind and follow him is always coupled with his promise of expanded community now and eternal life in the future.
Luke 7:36-50
Simon the Pharisee and the forgiven woman illustrate two different reactions to Jesus. Simon sees Jesus as a merely another teacher not even worthy of common courtesy. The woman on the other hand has a radical reaction to Jesus. She reacts with great sacrifice (pouring out the expensive perfume), and undignified affection (wiping his feet with her hair). The woman’s reaction flows out of her profound recognition of Jesus forgiveness of her great debt. Simon’s reaction comes from the fact that he does not believe he needs much forgiveness (i.e. he believes his debt is small). One of the greatest inhibitors to being transformed by God is the lack of recognition of your own sinfulness.
Luke 7:1-10
Jesus is amazed by the centurion’s faith. This Gentile recognizes Jesus’ power and authority while others see Jesus as merely a healer or rabbi. For Jesus’ help, no other “merits” are required, though the centurion, his servants and the Jewish elders—and maybe us—expect that to be the case.
Luke 5:1-11
We may be tempted to avoid Jesus so that we don’t have to face part of ourselves or our past. We fear Jesus will be put off by our sin and that he won’t have a place for us in his kingdom. But Jesus thinks we are still worth catching and calls us to know him better and join him in building his kingdom.

Missions

Read Ezekiel 11: 16-21. 1. God tells the Israelites that they must remove the “vile images” and “detestable idols” from the land before he works on their hearts (w. 18-19). Why do you suppose he puts that requirement on them up front?2. What would modern-day idols and
Read Isaiah 58. 1. How was Israel expressing its spirituality (v.3)?2. Nowhere does God actually say that those forms are wrong; nonetheless, he is angry with Israel. Why? (Notice both what they did do and what they did not do—v. 3-7.)3. How will God respond to correct fasting
Read Genesis 11:1-9. 1. What was the world like at this time in terms of culture (v. 1)?2. From verses 3 and 4, what were the people’s motivations for building this city and tower?3. Have you seen anything like this in your own time, or can you see parallels from other periods
Read Psalms 67. 1. Identify the blessings the Lord wants to bring the nations.2. Discuss what these blessings would look like if they came to your culture.3. Consider how these blessings would affect some other nation in the world (say, the former Soviet Union or South Africa).
Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. 1. How do you feel about being told that becoming a Christian means becoming a minister?2. Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. In contrast to those who boasted about their letters of recommendation, Paul says the Corinthians are his letter (vv. 1-3). What sort of letter
1. How do you react when someone uses the word “submit”?Read Ephesians 5:18-6:9. 2. Christians often ask one another what being filled with the Holy Spirit entails. What characteristics of being filled with the Spirit are in 5:18-21?3. List the various relationships in this
Christ’s love is all-encompassing. A very quick reading of Scripture shows how his compassion is readily stirred for the hungry, the homeless and the orphans, and how hot his temper rages against those who oppress.
In the Old Testamen, God is a sending or missionary God. There are hundreds of references to God sending. He sends Moses, angels, prophets, commandments and he sends his word.
In my former article we saw that in God’s great purposes he had a missionary purpose. God is the God of Mission. He sent his word, his law, his prophets, his angels and then above all he sent his son. The author of the letter to the
Paul inherited in his mission theology the priority of the Jew to hear and to respond to the Gospel. His obligation to the Jews never wavered. In Romans 10:1 he wrote ‘my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they maybe saved’. At his conversion the prism of Jewish

Personal Healing

2 Kings 5:1-19
Imagine that you are a casting director for a film being produced about the life of Naaman. You need to assemble an ensemble of people to play these parts. Look carefully at each person in this narrative. Describe the characteristics you would look for in each actor playing each main part.1.

Reconciliation

Acts 10:1-48
This study looks at Peter’s call to preach the gospel to the gentiles. Let’s study Peter’s attitudes and see how we can apply it to our own lives.

Repentance

Luke 22:54-62
This Bible study specifically looks at sin and temptation in a person’s life.
Luke 7:36-50
Jesus was performing great miracles among the people and teaching with great authority. One day, he accepts a dinner invitation into an astute citizen’s household, and surprising things happen!
Luke 3:1-20
This study examines the life and work of John the Baptist.

Short-Term Missions

Luke 9:18-27
Luke 9:18-27 specifically helps prepare us for the unpopular parts of being associated with Jesus and missions. This is the third of a series of six studies designed to prepare teams for short-term trips:
Luke 9:28-45
In Luke 9: 28-45, we get a better understanding of who Jesus is, helping us carry out his missions even better. This is the fourth of a series of six studies designed to prepare teams for short-term trips:
Luke 9:46-62
Let’s take a look in Luke 9:46-62 at how great God is and our want to be more like him. This is the fifth of a series of six studies designed to prepare teams for short-term trips:
Luke 9:1-9
Luke 9:1-9 encourages us to seek God’s discernment in preparing us for short term missions. This is the first of a series of six studies designed to prepare teams for short-term trips:
Luke 9:10-17
God has been preparing you in various ways to serve in short term missions. Luke 9:10-17 is an example of how God prepared the disciples for their own short term mission. This is the second of a series of six studies designed to prepare teams for short-term trips:

Stewardship

These twelve studies will take you into these Biblical writings from many different centuries and cultural settings, and help you find from Scripture itself a foundation for a healthy Christian perspective on giving, a subject often misunderstood or ignored.

Urban Issues

Acts 10:1-48
This study looks at Peter’s call to preach the gospel to the gentiles. Let’s study Peter’s attitudes and see how we can apply it to our own lives.
Revelation 21:1 - 22:5
We begin our Bible studies on cities with a look at God’s City - the New Jerusalem in Revelation. After you read the passage, pray that God will help you to focus in on worshiping him for who he is and for the fact that, through Christ, we have a share in this future city.
Many of us have been raised and educated in the suburbs of the cities that make up our nation. As a result few of us know of the inner-workings of a major city. We have seldom been “downtown,” so to speak, since our turf is the shopping malls or less crowded parts of the city.These
Amos 3 - 6
In Amos 3 to 6, let’s take a look at how we can be righteous, just and truthful.
Acts 6 - 7
Chapters 6 and 7 of Acts relate two incidents which involved Greek-speaking Christians. Try to put yourself in the position of one of these people. You have been raised in what is considered by the Hebrews to be a pagan society. What might have been your concern in relating to Hebrew Christians, to

Urbana 12

Luke 19:1-10
Following Jesus entails radical, costly obedience, including restitution when we do wrong. The greater the changes and restitution required, the less likely conversion seems. But the “unlikeliness” of it is irrelevant to God; it is “possible with God.” When those who have hurt us turn to the Lord, part of our costly obedience is being ready to forgive and accept.
Luke 18:18-30
Everyone has a different attitude toward wealth than Jesus does. Encountering Jesus around this topic is confusing for both the rich ruler and Jesus’ followers, but three things are clear:Wealth is generally a hindrance to spiritualityGod can wean a heart from this seductive idolReal treasure awaits those who abandon idols and follow Jesus.Jesus’ command to leave all behind and follow him is always coupled with his promise of expanded community now and eternal life in the future.
Luke 7:36-50
Simon the Pharisee and the forgiven woman illustrate two different reactions to Jesus. Simon sees Jesus as a merely another teacher not even worthy of common courtesy. The woman on the other hand has a radical reaction to Jesus. She reacts with great sacrifice (pouring out the expensive perfume), and undignified affection (wiping his feet with her hair). The woman’s reaction flows out of her profound recognition of Jesus forgiveness of her great debt. Simon’s reaction comes from the fact that he does not believe he needs much forgiveness (i.e. he believes his debt is small). One of the greatest inhibitors to being transformed by God is the lack of recognition of your own sinfulness.
Luke 7:1-10
Jesus is amazed by the centurion’s faith. This Gentile recognizes Jesus’ power and authority while others see Jesus as merely a healer or rabbi. For Jesus’ help, no other “merits” are required, though the centurion, his servants and the Jewish elders—and maybe us—expect that to be the case.
Luke 5:1-11
We may be tempted to avoid Jesus so that we don’t have to face part of ourselves or our past. We fear Jesus will be put off by our sin and that he won’t have a place for us in his kingdom. But Jesus thinks we are still worth catching and calls us to know him better and join him in building his kingdom.