Friday Night at the Fights Bible Study
Starting at square one with the Gospels, and rediscovering Jesus
FIRST OF ALL, is this stuff true? This stuff about Jesus? In the bible?

-If it isn't true, we need to stop wasting time studying the bible. If it is just a useful myth or Jesus is just a good teacher, you might as well just watch Oprah ....

-If it is true, then, oh boy, talk about GOOD NEWS.
Then studying the bible becomes the most important thing you're ever going to do (besides living what you learned). Start studying with everything you've got! It's God talking to you .... and He is also very interested in what you have to say.

-If you're not sure, it's definitely worth checking into. Think of what it could be like... joy, peace, acceptance, and a life with God Himself.

What's our Goal?
1) To apprehend the Jesus of the gospels. Not as a theological figure on whom we theorize, but as He presented and revealed Himself to His people, with as few preconceived ideas as possible brought along. No excuse making, challenge everything within reason. If Christ is far away from us, then we are not using our faith as we should, and not experiencing His joy. If we blandly accept things and just go along our faith will taste like ashes.

2) To see if the following statements in the bible are true:
               a) That we can actually know what He is like.
               b) That He is like the pearl of Great Price, that we should 
                   give up  everything so we can have     
                    Him and have true Joy. (Phil 3:7-11)
               c) That we can trust Him to fulfill His promises
               d) That we can be sure of His love and concern, even
                  when we fail
(Micah 7:18-20)


3) To learn to use devotional tools that we can handle every day, that don't include concordances, bible dictionaries, etc (although these are excellent).

4) To make a group that is less top-down and more bottom-up. We would like to make discussing the gospels in this way so familiar that anyone could take over the class at the drop of a hat.
To all of our neighbours in N.D.G. , Montreal, and beyond..
welcome to
Introducing the 'Puritan Toolbox' -  How to love and enjoy reading the bible
With every verse (or paragraph, or chapter) think of these four things.
1) A bare understanding
2) Remembrance of other verses
3) Uses 1, Uses 2, Uses 3... Always weighing and comparing
4) Objections & Answers

Example-
Mark 4:30-32
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Bare Understanding:
In the chapter Jesus is talking to the crowds and His disciples. They seem to focus on how God's word and Kingdom seem small and insignificant but end up surprising everyone and becoming huge and life-giving all out of proportion with their beginnings. Sort of like Jesus born in a manger instead of a New York high-rise. It all seems to happen without our relative strengths or weaknesses impacting it.

Remembrance:
Similar to the early parables in this chapter. Also Psalms 127-1-5, and Daniel 2:31-35

Uses in our lives: (should have an 'ought' in every one)
1- This should teach us that: God uses the weak and the despised as the beginnings of His work. In the eyes of skeptics (and sometimes ourselves) these things are of no consequence- things like compassion, humility, and putting others before ourselves. Yet these things have changed people and even nations. In 'weakness' our strength can be made manifest.
2- This should teach us that: The Kingdom is a blessing to the things it gets bigger than. When we submit (go under its 'shade') to God's working in our lives and in the world, it can only be to our profit, and even to the profit of those who are against His kingdom (common grace).
3- This should teach us that: Everything needed, the whole blueprint, is in the seed. We don't have the responsibility of coming up with the perfect plan or the perfect words to advance Christ's kingdom. We can rest confidently that God can and will work His plan through us, especially in our weakness.

Weighing and Comparing:
If Christ makes His kingdom expand through the smallest means, and we are kingdom, we shouldn't despise His small works in our lives. If someone tells us they are praying for us we should be confident that God hears these small prayers and works His great will through them. What about the small things we do for others? Praying or giving a word of encouragement may change a person's life. Sharing our faith by deed or word in the humblest way can be used by God to flip a persons life, save them, their marriage, their family, down to someone's great-grandchildren.

Objections:
1-
If God brings the growth, we have nothing to contribute. Answer: God prepares the harvest and we get to reap it. He not only prepares the harvest but the harvesters, so we partake in the plan while being the beneficiaries of it.
2- I have been a Christian a long time but don't see “a kingdom tree” in my life.
Answer: The seed dies (decomposes and breaks) before it can grow. It also grows slowly (v26-29). Maybe God is preparing the ground for strong roots.  
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To our neighbours in N.D.G. and the rest of Montreal, welcome to
"Hey Madison, what are you all about?"
Ha! That's easy.
   Jesus. Everything else is boring.