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OPINION

BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, May 27, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
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This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

Curriculum: Explore the Bible

Bible Passage: Luke 23:50—24:12,36-53

Discussion Question: How do you respond to someone who doubts the truth of the resurrection?

Food for Thought:

A dad's youngest daughter practically knocked him over when he picked her up from school in April. "Dad, you're not gonna believe it! I got an A+ on my math test."

Her father confided, "I admit it; I was incredulous. Math has never been her strongest subject, and I needed to see for myself that she'd actually earned an A+. I had turned into the kind of dad I never wanted to be: a doubting Thomas."

As you may already know, this moniker has biblical roots. Several disciples, including Thomas, in Luke's account of Jesus' resurrection, doubted that Jesus had actually risen from the dead. They needed to be able to see and feel the scars on Christ's body to know that He, indeed, had been resurrected as the Scriptures foretold.

Perhaps you're ministering to someone who is just beginning to walk with Christ, someone who isn't yet mature in his or her faith and is experiencing some difficulty in understanding the Gospel. The new believer may not wholly grasp the resurrection, never having known of anyone who died and returned from death. This person hasn't been able to see and feel scars to know for sure that Christ rose again. As you walk alongside such people in their journey with Christ, share the resurrection account in Luke and answer their questions. Explain that faith in Christ requires trust. As we grow in our faith, we trust Jesus more and more. Though we have not seen, we trust in the work that He does daily in our lives.

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Explore the Bible is an ongoing Bible study curriculum that helps groups explore the key truths of each Bible book, while keeping the group on pace to study through the entire Bible in eight years. The eight-year plan and more information can be found on the Internet at LifeWay.com/ExploreTheBible.

Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.

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