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A Birds-eye View Of The Bible by Frank Nelson Palmer

IX THE KINGDOM CONQUERING THE WORLD

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THE ACTS

I. Author:

1. Name.

2. Number of books written by him.

3. Three reasons for his fitness to write this book:

(a) A Gentile.

(b) Devoted to Christ as the World's Savior.

(c) A companion of Paul during a portion of his missionary journeys.

II. The Inscription: 1:1.

1. To whom?

2. Reference to what book?

III. Chronology:

1. Name beginning and ending dates.

2. Length of time of contents.

3. Contents during the reigns of what four Roman emperors.

IV. Analysis of the Key Verse: 1:8.

1. Name the Divine Agent.

2. Name the Human Instrument.

3. Name the Equipment.

4. Name the Method.

5. Name the Threefold Division of the Field:

(a) City.

(b) Home Land.

(c) Foreign Lands.

NOTE. -- This verse outlines the progress of the kingdom in this book during one generation. It also outlines the plan of God touching the work of each disciple, each individual church, and the church universal. Here is the pattern. With hunger to know and willingness to do should every disciple study this pattern book. Am I measuring up to the plan of God? Is this church measuring up to the plan of God?

V. Outline of Contents:

1. The Kingdom's Witness in the City. Chapters 1 to 7.

2. The Kingdom's Witness in the Home Land. Chapters 8 to 12.

3. The Kingdom's Witness in the Uttermost Parts of the Earth. Chapters 13 to 28.

VI. Pattern Chapters for Church Work:

1. A Model Prayer Meeting.

2. A Model Sermon and Revival.

6. A Model for Church Officers.

8. A Model for Personal Work.

9. A Model Conversion.

10. A Model Minister.

VII. Chapter Questions:

The ten following questions are to be answered in the first ten chapters, one in each consecutive chapter as numbered. If desired, ask pupil to be ready to answer any question propounded by the teacher on these chapters.

1. Name the apostle selected in the place of Judas, the method of selection, and why disciples never afterward used this method.

2. Name the immediate results of the outpouring of the Spirit.

3. With what three things touching Christ did Peter charge the Jews?

4. What three things did the magistrates note about Peter and John?

5. Name the offenders, the offense, the penalty and the reason for such severe punishment.

6. Name the two classes of church officers, the number of each, and the work of each.

7. Name the first martyr and state how the circumstances surrounding his death resembled those surrounding the death of Christ.

8. Name the new city entered, the two chief converts mentioned, and the three leading workers.

9. In Saul's conversion name three factors and three proofs, also three trials following.

10. Name the change wrought in Peter through the vision.

VIII. Outline Map of Paul's Life:

Draw full-page map, locating thereon the following: (1) Place of Birth. (2) Place of Student Life. (3) Place of Conversion. (4) Place of Wilderness Sojourn. (5) Place of Pastoral Work. (6) Place of Imprisonment and Death.

IX. CHART OF PAUL'S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY

1. Location in Bible: Acts 13 and 14.2. Name the workers.3. Name the preparation.

+ -- -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- + | PLACE | TIME | PLACE | KIND OF | INCIDENTS | RESULTS | | (Only towns | SPENT | OF WORK | WORK | (Any | (Of | | and cities |(Give only |(Building)|(Preaching|happening) | whatever | | are given) | as | | teaching)| | nature) | | | recorded) | | | | | + -- -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- + | | | | | | | |1. Seleucia | | | | | | |2. Salamis | | | | | | |3. Paphos | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |4. Perga | | | | | | |5. Antioch | | | | | | | in P. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |6. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |7. | | | | | | |8. | | | | | | |9. Lystra | | | | | | |10. Iconium | | | | | | |11. Antioch | | | | | | | in P. | | | | | | |12. Perga | | | | | | |13. Attalia | | | | | | |14. Antioch | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | + -- -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- +

X. Full-page Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey:

Draw map of Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries. Locate the provinces of Asia Minor, the fourteen places on the chart, and trace the route.

THE PAULINE EPISTLES

I. To Whom Addressed:

Record the words of address as found in the opening of each epistle. The following is given as an example:

Romans: |To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.| 1:7.

II. Location of Churches Addressed:

Draw full-page map of Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries, locating the churches, seven in number.

III. Names in the Superscriptions:

Record the names addressing the epistles as given at the beginning of each, together with descriptions attached. Describe the persons whose names are made companion with Paul's. Note whether they are regarded as writers, and why Paul adds their names. Note I Cor.16:21, Phil.1:21, and II Thes.3:17. The following two are given as examples:

Romans: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians: Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, * * * and Sosthenes, our brother.

Sosthenes was ruler of a Jewish synagogue (Acts 18:17). He was probably converted later. He is not regarded as aiding in the authorship. It was probably sent in his name to add weight.

IV. General Contents:

Secure these by reference to Bible Dictionary. The following is given as an example:

Romans and Galatians: The doctrines of sin and grace.

OUTLINE FOR STUDY OF INDIVIDUAL EPISTLE

I. Author.

II. Place and Date of Writing.

III. Description of Addressed Ones. (The people, the city, the church.)

IV. Number of Chapters.

V. Key Word or Verse.

VI. Outline of Contents.

VII. General Purpose. (Or brief description of letter as a whole.)

VIII. Three Leading Phrases.

IX. Three Leading Verses.

X. Leading Chapters.

XI. Leading Thought About Christ.

XII. Questions.

I THESSALONIANS

I.

II.

III. Brief Description of Founding. See Acts 17. Also a brief word about the city.

IV.

V. Wait. Comfort.

VI. Omit.

VII. To command, to exhort, and to describe the second coming of Christ as a means of comfort, and as a stimulus to right living.

VIII. |Pray * * *|

|Quench not * * *|

|Hold fast * * *|

(Complete the phrases and locate.)

IX. Omit.

X.1. A Model Church.

4 and 5. The Second Coming of Christ.

XI. Christ is Coming Again.

XII. Questions:

1. Name three chief things commendable in these Thessalonian Christians. Chapter 1.

2. By what two illustrations does Paul describe his relations to them? Chapter 2.

3. By what two expressions does Paul describe the large place they occupied in his heart? Chapter 2.

4. Why did not Paul visit them, according to his desire? Chapter 2.

5. What did Paul say would be life to him? Chapter 3.

6. For what two purposes did he send Timothy? Chapter 3.

7. What do you regard as the most striking exhortation of Chapter 4?

8. Is 5:16 possible? (See Phil.4:4.)

9. What expression in Chapter 5 is taken from the words of our Lord?

10. Locate and write out one reference in each chapter to our Lord's second coming.

I CORINTHIANS

I.

II.

III. Description of Corinth and of Church at Corinth.

IV.

V. Wisdom.

VI. Omit.

VII. Threefold purpose: (1) To restore unity; (2) To teach doctrines; (3) To remove evils.

VIII. |Ye are bought * * *|

|O death, where * * *|

|Quit you * * *|

(Complete the phrases and locate.)

IX. Record these and commit them:

3:16; 13:1; 15:58.

X. Assign names to the following chapters:

11; 13; 15.

XI. Christ our Wisdom.

XII. The questions are chapter questions:

Chapter 1. Upon what four persons was the church divided?

Give total number of times the words |wise| and |wisdom| are found in the first three chapters. Underline these two words in these chapters.

Chapter 4. Whom does Paul command the church to imitate, and is he justified in so doing?

Chapter 6. What is the body called?

Chapter 7. What strong position does Paul take about the eating of meat? State the principle in other words.

Chapter 9. How does Paul act in order to win people to Christ? What two Grecian games does he use as illustrations?

Chapter 11. Why does Paul record the teaching regarding the Lord's Supper?

Chapter 12. What comforting truth to the Christian worker in verses 12 to 25?

ROMANS

I.

II.

III. Brief Description of Roman People.

IV.

V.1:16 and 17.

VI. Chapters I to II: Doctrine.

Chapters 12 to 16: Practice.

VII. To prove that sinful men are saved not by works, but by faith.

VIII. |The wages * * *|

|If God is for us * * *|

|Overcome evil * * *|

(Finish the phrases and locate them.)

IX. The three therefores: 5:1, 8:1, 12:1.

X.1. The Fearful Picture of Sin.

7. The Christian's Wrestling Match with Sin.

8. Safety.

10. Missionary.

11. Conversion of the Jews.

12. Practical Religion.

13. Citizen and Ruler.

16. Salutations.

XI. Christ, our Righteousness.

XII. Questions:

1. Locate as to book and chapter Paul's quotations from the Old Testament in Chapters 3, 4 and 10.

2. Name three truths in Chapter 8 that are assurances of the believer's safety.

3. Number the commands in Romans 12:9-21.

4. By what phrase is a civil ruler described in Chapter 13?

5. Whither did Paul expect to go? Chapter 15.

PHILIPPIANS

I.

II.

III. Brief Description of the Founding. (See Acts 16.)

IV.

V. Gain and Joy.

VI. Omit.

VII. A personal letter of gratitude, testimony and exhortation.

VIII. |To die * * *|

|Work out * * *|

|Rejoice in * * *|

(Complete the phrases and locate.)

IX. Record and Commit these three verses:

1:6. A promise.

2:5. An exhortation.

3:14. A personal testimony.

X.2. Paul's Double Picture of Christ.

3. Paul's Marvelous Personal Testimony.

XI. The Immeasurable Worth of Christ.

XII. Questions:

1. Underline the word |gain| and state number of times found in the book.

2. Underline the words |joy| and |rejoice| and state number of times each is found in the book.

3. How many times does the personal pronoun |I| occur in Chapter 1?

4. In Chapter 2 what two men's names are mentioned and what facts regarding them?

5. In Chapter 3 what three things was Paul determined to know?

6. In Chapter 3 what four words or phrases are taken from the race?

7. In Chapter 4 what three things did Paul say he had learned?

II TIMOTHY

Read the book three times, slowly, thoughtfully, prayerfully. Enter as far as possible into the surroundings and feelings connected with this last letter of the martyr Paul -- this personal letter to this loved son in the faith. Then write your impressions and ideas regarding its contents, using three hundred words.

THE GENERAL EPISTLES

I. The Authors -- A Brief Biography of Each:

See Bible Dictionary.

II. To Whom Addressed.

See the beginning of each letter. The following is an example:

James: |To the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion.|

III. Place and Date of Writing:

See Bible Dictionary. The following is an example:

James. Jerusalem. About 62 A.D.

IV. General Purpose of Contents:

See Bible Dictionary. The following is an example:

James. A book of practical morals. Also to comfort the scattered and persecuted Jewish Christians.

QUESTIONS ON JAMES

Chapter 1

1. Why can a person be joyful when falling into temptation? Verses 2, 3 and 4.

2. How does temptation begin?

3. Give meaning of phrase: |Father of Lights.|

4. What six words voice the author's strong exhortation regarding the Word?

5. Name the two elements of pure religion.

Chapter 2

1. What charge is made against the wealthy worshipers?

2. Name the royal law.

3. What two factors are necessary to salvation and which does James emphasize?

4. What do demons believe? Give proof.

5. What two illustrations are taken from Old Testament biography?

Chapter 3

1. Give a title to the chapter.

2. How large a part does the control of the tongue have in the making of character? Explain.

3. To what two things is the tongue compared in verses 3 and 4?

4. What three things does the writer declare the tongue to be?

5. If no man can tame the tongue, what two things must follow on the part of every one who desires to get it under control?

Chapter 4

1. Name the cause mentioned for unanswered prayer.

2. Give the author's recipe for causing the devil to flee.

3. Give the author's recipe for securing the presence of God.

4. What phrase must a believer use when speaking of a future act, and why?

5. Give James' definition of sin and state how it differs from John's. (See I John 3:4, Authorized Version.)

Chapter 5

1. What two illustrations are taken from Old Testament history?

2. What is meant by the phrase, |the end of the Lord,| in verse 11?

3. What command resembles one in the Sermon on the Mount?

4. What are the sick exhorted to do?

5. What two results occur when one turns a sinner to Christ?

STUDIES IN I AND II PETER

The two letters of Peter afford splendid opportunity for noting the impress of the writer's character and experience upon his writings. Let the teacher judge as to the extent of this study. The following are suggested:

1. Name ten chief events in Peter's life, recorded in the Gospels.

2. Name ten chief events in Peter's life, recorded in the Acts.

3. Name six leading qualities of Peter's character.

4. Note now in I Peter 1 and II Peter 1 any words or truths suggested by the writer's character and experience. The following are given as examples:

I PETER 1.

Verse 3: |Inheritance.| See Matt.19:27. |What shall we have?|

Verse 5: |Guarded through faith.| See Luke 22:31, 32.

Verse 6: |Manifold trials.| Name Peter's tests.

I JOHN

1. In the introduction, 1:1-4, record under the three following topics the words of the writer:

1. John's Personal Experience with Christ.

2. John's Sharing this Experience.

3. The Purpose of Sharing this Experience.

2. Name the books written by John.

3. Name the purpose of this letter. Chapter 5:13.

4. Select five tests in Chapters 2 and 3 by which we may know that we are the Lord's disciples.

5. In the following diagram of steps supply a verb after the pronoun |I| that sets forth the thought of each respective book:

I
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
|John's
|Revelation
|
I |
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
|John's
|First Letter
|
I |
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
John's
Gospel

6. Are there any signs in this book of the |Boanerges| remaining? If so, mention them.

7. Name the two definitions of God and state why John would be enabled to record them.

8. How many references to Old Testament characters in the letter? How many in James? In I Peter? Why fewer in John?

9. Write out Chapter 4, underlining the word |love| and its derivatives, numbering the same.

10. Where in the catalogue of graces is love placed by James, Peter, John, Paul, Christ? Select and record the verses. (See concordance.)

11. In what ways may these cold hearts of ours be made to beat with fervent love toward God and men?

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