We are halfway through my new Bible study, “Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room – Gluttony.” Each Saturday, I will post three questions that correspond with three chapters from my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.” Remember that throughout the study, click on a Bible verse reference to read it on BibleGateway.com.
Chapter 13, Bible Study Question 13
In Chapter 13 of my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room,” Wayne states that the Bible says “do not fear” in some form 365 times; that’s one for every day of the year. Let’s look up the word “fear” in the Search bar of BlueLetterBible.org.
In the long list of Bible verses with the word fear, scroll down to Genesis 15:1, click on the Tools bar at the left, then find the Hebrew word for fear – yaré (Strong’s H3372) – and take notes in your notebook about its meaning and uses.
Return to the list of Bible verses, this time scrolling down to Matthew 10:31, clicking on the Tools bar, then finding the Greek word for fear – phobeo (Strong’s G5399) – and take notes about its meaning and uses.
If fear and anxiety are a struggle for you, then be comforted that God’s Word, the Bible, contains the wisdom to correctly identify any sinful thoughts, the salvation to be forgiven for sin, and the truth that will fill your mind with hope. For your encouragement, please write out Philippians 4:4-9 in your notebook. Study and meditate on the instructions, promises, hope, and truth this passage contains.
Chapter 14, Bible Study Question 14
In Chapter 14 of “Elephant in the Room,” Jennifer talks to her teenage daughter about body image. Women are bombarded by the world’s ideas and images of beauty, but what does God, the Creator of heaven and earth and of our bodies, say in His Word about beauty? As you read and take notes from these Bible verses, make sure that you have the same idea about beauty as God.
Take a few minutes to write a summary of God’s perspective on beauty, and feel free to share it with the world in the Comments section below.
Chapter 15, Bible Study Question 15
When Beverly evaluated her sinful actions in Chapter 15, she repented. Do you understand the difference between remorse and repentance? Look in a dictionary and a Bible dictionary for definitions of these two distinct words.
A clear example from the Bible of the difference between remorse and repentance is Judas and Peter. While both betrayed and rejected Jesus, and both had feelings of shame afterwards, their outcomes were very different. One committed suicide while the other was restored to become a powerful gospel preacher. Read the account in Matthew 26:14 – 27:5.
- First, note the similarities between Judas and Peter’s betrayals of Jesus.
- How did Judas respond in Matthew 27 when he realized the terrible thing he had done? What was his final result?
- How did Peter respond when he realized the terrible thing he had done? After reading John 21:15-17, note how Jesus restored Peter.
Do you need to make some changes about how you respond to your own sin? Pray that God would convict you when you sin, not just to feel remorse, but to truly repent, because then you too can be restored!