Welcome to Empowered Bible Study Ministries

Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

Please click on the link to the left under 'Empowered Bible Studies' for the Bible Study you would like to view.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Be Humble-minded

The fifth exhortation Peter gives us in 1 Peter 3:8 is to be courteous.

The Greek word here (ταπεινόφρων, tapeinophrōn) means "Be humble-minded". To be humble-minded is to think of others ahead of ourselves.
Matthew 23:12 "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
1 Peter 5:6 "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Be Tenderhearted

The fourth exhortation Peter gives us in 1 Peter 3:8 is to be Tenderhearted - which is the Greek word (εὔσπλαγχνξι, eusplanchnoi).

This term from eu means good, and splanchnon means inward parts, was originally a medical term denoting the intestines, bowels or tender parts. Gradually the physical meaning shifted to the metaphoric sense of affection and tender mercies. So when Peter says to be Tenderhearted, he is referring to our deepest feelings - down to those inward parts within us. We are to be deeply touched and moved by the hurts, the pain, the needs, and the joys of fellow believers and then act to help them. This is something we need to cultivate. It is so easy with all the pain and suffering in the world today to close up our hearts so we don't feel that pain, but Peter here is telling us to be Tenderhearted. Being tenderhearted draws people together, there is no room for selfishness. When you rejoice with those who rejoice and suffer with those who suffer you create a great bond together.

Acts 20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sincere Love

The third exhortation Peter gives us in 1 Peter 3:8 is to love as brothers.

This is very basic, it is just what it says, we are to love fellow Christians - our brothers and sisters in Christ. Peter told us earlier in 1 Peter 1:22 and 2:17 that we are to have a sincere love for our fellow Christians. My friend, let us show love towards one another, remember as we see in 1 Thessalonians 4:9 that God taught us to love one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 "But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another"

Monday, February 23, 2015

Compassion towards one another

We saw in our last post that Peter exhorted us to be of one mind in 1 Peter 3:8, now the verse goes on to tell us we are to be Compassionate towards one another.

The words "having compassion" are the translation of a Greek word (συμπαοεῖς, sumpatheis, (soom-path-ace') which we get the word Sympathy; Meaning we are to be sympathetic, we should be willing to share in others' needs and being responsive to their feelings, having sensitivity and compassion towards others. - suffer with those who suffer - weep with those who weep - rejoice with those who rejoice. My friend, Unity cannot exist unless believers feel compassion and sympathy for one another. You cannot be seeking to get your own way not caring what happens to others and live in unity. So Unity demands sympathy, feeling for one another.

Romans 12:15 "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."

Galatians 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

1 Corinthians 12:26 "And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it."

We are to be compassionate towards one another. "Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another..." 1 Peter 3:8

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cultivate Christian Love

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9

Peter says "Finally" - here Peter was summing up a series of exhortations concerning submission; Then he says, "all of you" - he is addressing all, whether masters or servants, husbands or wives, the entire body of believers, and then notice he exhorts them in six areas:
- to be of one mind
- having compassion for one another
- love as brothers
- be tenderhearted (KJV says be pitiful)
- be courteous
- do not retaliate, but bless those who do evil against you

My friend, as believers we are to live in harmony as of one mind. When the world looks at us they should see a spirit of oneness, They should see us standing together through thick and thin regardless of circumstances happening around us. We should not be out there arguing, bickering, and gossiping causing dissension. When we are putting each other down, gossiping about one another what example does that leave? It certainly is not honoring to God. Yes, we all have different personalities, different ways of handling things, different God-given gifts but together we are whole; together we make up the body of the Christ. A physical body is made up of many parts, you have hands, eyes, feet, internal organs, etc. but together it functions in harmony, and it needs each part just like the body of Christ. Peter here is reminding us that we are united together that we must seek to honor God in everything that we do; being of one mind, working together for the common goal of spreading the gospel, and winning the lost to the Lord.

Romans 12:16 "Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion."
Romans 15:5 "Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus"

We are to be of one mind - to be like-minded; keeping our focus on Christ, giving Him honor and glory through our conduct that those around us will be drawn to Christ.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Prepare for the Best

Peter wrote the book of 1 Peter to prepare Christians for the fiery trial of persecution, to encourage them in their faith. His approach was optimistic and positive; Prepare for the Best was his message. In this next section of scripture that we will be covering, Peter gave three instructions to follow if they would experience the best blessing in the worst of times.
1. Cultivate Christian Love - 1 Peter 3:8-12
2. Practice the Lordship of Christ - 1 Peter 3:13-15
3. Maintain a Good Conscience - 1 Peter 3:16-17

I look forward to study this section of scripture with you over the next few posts. Let us open our Bibles to 1 Peter 3:8-17 as we prepare to study: "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Living in Obedience

Let us look now at the final part of 1 Peter 3:7 "...that your prayers may not be hindered."

This is so vital to understand; The scripture says here that the husband's prayers will be hindered if he does not honor his wife. The word "hindered" in the Greek text means literally "to cut in, to interrupt". My friend, this is serious, Prayers can be hindered - cut in - interrupted. Ladies, We need to make sure that we are not causing the dissension in the household that causes our husband not to honor us. I have heard women say that they know just what button to push to make their husband upset. We need to be honoring our husband and being that helpmate that helps him be the best godly husband he can be. When we join together with our mates to live according to His will, when we study the word of God together, pray together, openly honor each other and build each other up, we will have happy homes.

As a Christian husband and wife we are heirs together. If we as wives submit to our husbands and our husbands submit to us and together we submit to Jesus Christ and follow His example, then we will have an enriching experience together. We will grow together instead of apart.

No matter what your marital status is, there is always something we can learn in scripture, even if it seems to be dealing with marriage. We as children of God need to submit to Jesus Christ. We need to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Do we lift people up or are we tearing them down?
Do we show compassion and understanding to those around us? Are we sensitive to each other's feelings? Remember no one is better than anyone else. We are all heirs to Jesus Christ.
Pray for those around you. Be in the word of God daily. Build one another up instead of looking out for number one. Show respect to those around you that God will be glorified. Take inventory of your life and ask God to reveal to you where you can improve. We all can improve. Both husband and wife must love one another and live as God says to live, both fulfilling their duty to one another. Submission does not weaken or diminish the believer's strength. In fact, the opposite is true. The more submissive one is to the Lord God and His ordained order, the more strength God provides for the tasks and adversities faced. True power and strength is found in an obedient life that yields to the influence of the Holy Spirit.