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BSF® Lesson 3 Questions



Series III

SCHOOL PROGRAM’S MEMORY VERSE: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’ ” – Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV84)

FIRST DAY:  Read the lesson notes with Scripture references.

1.How did the lecture change your thinking and, as a result, your behavior?

2.What lesson in the notes was a practical help in your personal, family, business or church life?

SECOND DAY:  Read Luke 2:40-52.

3.a. What did you learn about Jesus’ life before His public ministry?

b.What different aspects of Jesus’humanity do you find in the following verses?

Hebrews 2:10–18 _______________________________________________________

Hebrews 4:15–16 ________________________________________________________

Hebrews 5:7–9 __________________________________________________________

c.In light of these passages from Hebrews, how do you think the Lord’s being human fit Him to be our sympathetic High Priest?

d.What help do you receive from any of these passages about Jesus’ real human nature?

THIRD DAY:  Read Matthew 3:1-12.

4.Read Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 and Malachi 4:5-6.

a.How did John the Baptist’s parents and circumstances prepare him for his God-given task as forerunner of the Messiah?

b.How have your parents and the circumstances of your early years prepared you to serve God?

5.Read Luke 3:1-20.

a.What extra details about John the Baptist’s message do you find in Luke’s account?

b.From the Luke passage, how could you apply John’s command to three types of people to how Christians should live today?

6.a. What two things does Matthew state that John’s baptism represented?

b.Define these two words in the context of John’s baptism. (See also Luke 3:1-20.)

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 7. Read Isaiah 40:3-5, which the Gospel writers and John the Baptist himself applied to his work (John 1:23).

a.How was John’s work among his people related to “valleys and mountains and rough places,” as Jesus Christ was about to appear publicly?

b.What places in your life are like “valleys and mountains and rough places,” and how do the promises of Isaiah 40:3-5 and Luke 3:4-6 help you?

FOURTH DAY:  Read Matthew 3:11-12.

 8. With what did John the Baptist baptize? With what did he not baptize?

 9. List at least three things John said would be true of Jesus, the One to come after John.

10.From the following verses, give the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.

Joel 2:28  Ezekiel 36:25-27  John 7:37-39  Acts 1:5, 8  Isaiah 44:3 

11.a. (Challenge) What is the difference between “John the Baptist’s baptism” and Christian baptism since Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41)? SeeActs 1:5; 2:38 and 1 Corinthians 12:13 to help you.

b.What help have you received from this study about the Holy Spirit?

FIFTH DAY:  Read Matthew 3:13-17.

Note: It is helpful to read the other Gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism in Mark 1:4-11; Luke 3:21-22; and John 1:26-37.

12.a. According to John 1:32-33, what did God say would distinguish the Lamb of God, Messiah, from all the others John the Baptist baptized?

b.What outward sign accompanied God’s words to John?

c.What did God say to Jesus when He was praying and the Holy Spirit came upon Him?

13.a. What did the people have to do when they were baptized, according to Mark 1:4–5?

b.Why did Jesus not do this?

c.(Challenge) In your opinion, why did Jesus decide to be baptized? (There are several explanations.)

SIXTH DAY:  Review Matthew 3.

14.What did you learn about Jesus’ human nature and His baptism that makes you love Him, and how can your group pray for you about this?

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