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BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, July 1, 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.

This week's Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies for Life curriculum.

Bible Passage: John 16:5-15

Discussion Questions:

How does a lack of faith in Christ lead to other sins?

How can a sinful person become righteous or right with God?

Food for Thought:

A pastor told the story of a friend who had amassed some wealth over the years. This prominent businessman spoke at a luncheon at his church and announced his decision to donate a significant sum of money for an upcoming building project.

That decision caused a rift between him and his children since the money would come from what the children believed should be theirs upon his passing.

The man, however, who once found pleasure in the bottle, had experienced a transformation in Christ and given up drinking. His new faith in Jesus had turned his heart from the sin associated with alcohol and toward the peace of a new life in Christ. He now chose to share his wealth with the church so that as the church facilities grew, the church could offer more opportunities to others who might come to know Christ as he had.

Bible Studies for Life is a life stage family of resources that addresses key issues in the lives of adults and students. Consisting of seven curriculum lines developed for various life and generational stages plus two others designed for deeper study, these resources focus on the same Bible passage each week. Information about the seven curriculum lines and more information can be found on the Internet at


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