Bible study lessons teach us that God is the Creator of everything, including the human race. Because He's our Creator, only God can explain why He created us. Only God can explain why we exist. Only God can answer life's greatest question --> Why are we here?
So how can you know who God created you to be? God has given us His words in the form of the Bible. He did this so we can:
Before we go any further - I have an important question to ask you.
We often ask this question as a sarcastic response to someone’s perceived behavior or attitude, but I don’t know you. I ask you this question because I think it’s a very important question. Wouldn’t you agree, it’s an important question? If you don’t, then I ask this: What’s more important than knowing who you are?
Many stories and movies are written about people who develop amnesia and forget who they are. They become distraught and confused not knowing who they are. They’re lost and ungrounded, wandering and wondering who they are. The reader or viewer often knows who they are and watches vicariously as they begin their journey of self-discovery and recovery. Often someone who knows them is there at the end and happily helps them reconnect with the reality of who they are.
Knowing who you are is critical in developing an understanding of where you “belong” or how you “fit in” in the world we live in. Understanding who we are is essential to our mental health. People who are mentally unhealthy can believe they are not who they really are and become a danger to themselves or others. And that’s the opposite of where we want to be isn’t it? We want to be un-dangerously healthy with respect to ourselves and others.
So I ask you again: who do you think you are? Only you can answer this question directed to yourself. Others can’t answer this question, but of course they may influence your answer. Some may shape your answer, other influences might mold your response. But it’s you alone who owns the right, and the duty, to provide the answer to yourself. Others may ask you this question, but the first person who should ask this question is you - to yourself.
So how do you answer this important question? Is your answer your name, who your parents are, where you live, or what line of work you do? Maybe your answer relates to your occupation, your field of study, your accomplishments and awards, or your rank or position in an organization. Searching ancestral records can provide answers but that’s your relatives - not you.
Of course, your relatives provide a key factor in defining who you are. Your parents give you your first name and you typically share their last name or surname. Our names are often the first factor in defining who we are. I say this only because when we introduce ourselves we offer our name as our unique identifier. In a business setting we’ll offer our names, titles, and contact information; but our name is the key factor.
Some have taken to inventing very unique or clever sounding names. Others follow a more traditional approach and name their sons after themselves as a “Jr” or perhaps after their fathers as a “III”. But do our names really define who we are? I may gain a reputation that’s associated with my name, share my father’s name, share my name with a famous person, or be famous myself; but that’s not really all there is to who I am. So what is it exactly, besides our names, that defines who we are?
Several factors are important in answering this essential question of who you are. That is, not who you think you are, but who you really are.
According to the Bible, God created us to bring him glory (Ephesians 1:11-12; Isaiah 43:7). This is the sole purpose of all people according to God's Word. Because we're made for God's glory, we need to live according to His commands. We need to live according to what our Creator wants if we're to be what He created us to be.
Unfortunately, we often live our lives to bring ourselves glory and that's just wrong. God didn't create us to be that way. We need to obey God and live for His glory as He intended.
"So how do we do that?" you may ask. Keep reading, we're getting there.
The Bible tells us that God created mankind in his own image (see Genesis 1:26). God made everything in the universe but men and women were made uniquely different. God made us in His image. Because men and women are made in the likeness of God, we can have a unique relationship with God.
God created men and women to be like Him!
Because God created us to be like Him, we need to really understand who God is with as deep an understanding as possible. The understanding of who God is, and who He created us to be, should be a daily endeavor for Christ followers.
Although we'll never learn all there is to know about God in our lifetimes, if we seek to know Him, God will reveal Himself to us as we study the Bible. We provide these Bible study lessons to help you know God better so you can become more like Him.
The Bible is the only book that God uses to:
The Bible explains this further to tell us that it's purpose is to make those who follow Jesus Christ skilled and prepared for good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The only reason we provide these Bible study lessons is to help you better understand who God is and who He wants you to be. In essence, we want to help you to become Biblefied.
Our first Bible study lesson series is a study of God and the Life of Abraham.
Our second series is a study of the Book of Daniel.
Here's a Bible study on Biblical Perspectives on Governmental Authority.
Check out a one-week study on the Book of James.
More studies will follow as God allows.
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Our format is based on the idea that all Christ followers are born again with the Spirit of the Living God in them and have insights that are instructive to their fellow believers. Independent Bible study followed by a weekly fellowship focused on a facilitated discussion of a Bible study lesson is tremendously valuable. It fosters strong spiritual partners and can greatly help you understand God and who He created you to be.
Use these Bible study questions by yourself, with a partner, or in a small group. They take you through a chapter of the Bible every week. The format provides you two daily Bible study questions for five days. Every now and then, there will be a day with only one question and occasionally one day may have three questions.
Small groups leaders who use this format report positive results. When group members discuss the daily study questions, they have the opportunity to share what the Holy Spirit has taught them. And as they answer the questions, they anticipate how they can share their insights with others in the group.
The excitement of sharing what God is teaching them and what the Holy Spirit is doing in their lives is powerful and it's contagious. By the way, if all members of the small group are born again believers, then all are potential teachers who can provide valuable insights.
This format is a valuable method for Bible study because it:
If you intend to lead a discussion group utilizing this format, we suggest you follow these guidelines to prepare yourself to lead the Bible study lessons:
We pray these Bible study lessons help you learn who God created you to be.