Introduction and Week 1–The Beginning

Thank you for joining the chatroom tonight! I am looking forward to studying and discussing God’s scheme of redemption with you this quarter. You may answer any or all of the questions below, and you may ask anything that relates to the introduction and first chapter. Be sure to comment on each other’s threads!

First, I would like to discuss your view of the Bible. Have you studied the scheme of redemption before? If not, how do you view the Bible? Do you realize that the Bible is one continuous story that fits together? What do you expect to get out of this study?

Secondly, I would like to discuss peace. Where does peace with God and with man ultimately come from? Cite scripture to support your answer. How will you actively pursue peace in your life?

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        1. Correct! There is more material in each chapter this year, and I realize that it can be difficult to get through a whole chapter and discuss every single week. We will have a discussion question for chapters 2 and 3 on the 24th, so if someone gets behind they will still be able to address one of the questions.

  1. In answer to the first question yes, I have studied the scheme of redemption before. I do realize that the Bible all fits together, but I believe that with this study i will be able to see that more.
    In answer to question two, I believe that peace with God & man can come from having the right relationship and spending time in prayer with Him. Philippians 4:6-7

    1. Very good! So glad to hear that you’ve studied it before. Peace with God and man can only come from right relationship with God. How could we know how to treat our fellow man if God had not demonstrated it to us, first? 1 John 4:19 says: “We love because He first loved us.” Peace with God rights all other areas of our lives. Can you think of any other verses that teach this?

      1. John 16:33, Romans 5:1-2 & Colossians 3:15. Not all of those, if any, may work, but they were in my concordance and I thought that they might.

        1. Great verses! John 16:33 is one of my favorite verses. The fact that Jesus has overcome the world brings me great peace–and it helps me know that I can overcome, too! This makes me think of Romans 8:37 – “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

  2. I have not studied the scheme of redemption. I view the bible as example of a way to live life through Christ. Yes i do realize the Bible is a continuous story that fits together.
    I hope through this study i’ll understand more about the Bible and grow closer with God.

    1. Hi Ellie! I love you answer about how you view the Bible–it is certainly the way in which we know how to live life through Christ! Understanding how the Bible fits together, how it is one story, helps us place even greater value on the sacrifice which Jesus made for us. What jumped out to you from the first chapter?

      1. what jumped out to me was when you mentioned that God gave us a choice to think freely . I never really thought about it how he could have created us to do his will perfectly, but with us being able to think freely it shows him how much we care about him in making right choices and the wrong ones too.

        1. That is such an important thing to bring out, thank you for mentioning it! The scheme of redemption can NOT make sense unless we understand why there is sin in the world. If God had created sin, it would seem cruel for God to send Jesus to the cross, and it would make the scheme of redemption senseless. When we understand that God gave us freedom to choose, and we chose sin, it helps us to understand why the scheme of redemption is necessary. And, of course, it motivates us to show love to God, doesn’t it? Can you think of any passages that emphasize our need to choose?

          1. Hebrews 11: 24-25 shows how Moses chose to be mistreated by the people than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

  3. Hi, I am so excited to start this study with y’all again!!! Thank you so much, Mrs. Colley, for putting this wonderful study together!
    (1) I have studied God’s scheme of redemption before, and I see the Bible not as a nice piece of literature or a good moral storybook, but as God’s perfect plan of sending Jesus. God unravels His beautiful promise throughout the Bible’s pages.
    I expect that this study will help me get a deeper knowledge of How much God actually put into this scheme and how much He cared for us in order to redeem us.

    (2) Because Jesus broke down the barrier of sin that separates us from Him, we can have peace with God through Jesus! {Romans 5:1}
    We must be always drawing nearer to God (in studying His word,praying, etc.) so that we may have peace. We must have the qualities of Christ to have peace.
    {Colosians 3:12-16}

    1. Hi Isabella! Thank you for joining us again this year, I’m so glad to see you’re on! So glad that you have studied this before. You will have a lot to add to our discussion, as always.

      Romans 5:1 is the perfect verse to use. Your comment made me think of Ephesians 2:14, which says: “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall…” This is discussing the Jew/Gentile relationship, and how sending Jesus broke down the barrier between the two groups. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus not only gives us peace with God, but also peace with each other? How does He help us have peace with each other? The first thing that comes to my mind is that He give us a common goal and interest. It is easier to be at peace with others when we have things in common–Jesus and His church are the ultimate common interest!

      1. Because Jesus is no respecter of persons, He unites as as one nationality= CHRISTIAN. He lets us have peace with one another by forgetting what race or nationality we are and being brothers and sisters anyway.
        He also gives us a way to have peace ( although we tend to struggle as humans on this one) through agreeing that He is the Lord who saves and being in the same mind and same judgement =
        1 Corinthians 1:10-13

        1. GREAT passage to bring up. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 is the key to understanding true peace. If we all function on opinion, we can have no peace. Our country is an example of that today. We need a higher standard, absolute truth, if we want to be united. Only God can give absolute truth, and unite all people…no matter how different. Can you think of any passages that specifically discuss nationalities being united in Jesus?

    1. You’re so sweet to ask! We are doing very well–I’m a little sleep deprived but very happy 😉 I can’t wait for Maggie to get to meet you!

  4. Hi Rebekah! I am looking forward to this study! Personally, I have studied some aspects of redemption, but not as in depth as I would like to, so I am very excited to dig deep into the scheme of redemption and grow closer to God through this study! I view the Bible as the inspired Word of God!( 2 Timothy 3:16-17) I also view it as having one theme. That theme is the redemption of man. Everything we read about in the Bible from Adam all the way to Paul demonstrates God’s mercy! It is very clear that God has a plan of redemption for us and he wants us to be redeemed so that we may spend eternity in Heaven with him one day! I look forward to learning more about that plan!
    As stated earlier, I expect to dig deep into the scheme of redemption. I also expect to grow closer to God. I hope that by studying redemption, we can show those outside of Christ that they also can be redeemed! I hope to show others God’s wonderful love for them and show them that they can have a relationship with God!

    1. Hi Kayla! Welcome to the chatroom. So glad to see you are joining us tonight! I’m excited for you to study more about God’s scheme of redemption, and am thankful that you have studied redemption before.

      You said it very well, everything in the Bible demonstrates God’s mercy. As we get into each chapter we will see mercy as a huge theme. God does not only have a general plan that gives mercy, but He also shows mercy to each of us as individuals. I’m so thankful for God’s mercy in my life! Psalm 145:9 says: “The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.” Can you think of any verses about the mercy of God?

      I am SO glad that you have others in mind as you study this. All that we study should be used in teaching others. I believe that helping others understand God’s plan to get Jesus to the cross is essential in converting those around us.

        1. I had not thought of Luke 1:50. Isn’t it amazing that Mary said that when she found out she was pregnant with baby Jesus? She was about to bring the only person into the world who could bring true peace to the world! When Jesus was born the angels said: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:14)

      1. Throughout the Old Testament, we find so many examples of God’s great mercy! For example, Cain and Abel. After Cain killed his brother he was terrified that he was going to be killed for what he had done. However, God showed him mercy by putting a mark on him, so that no one would attack him.(Genesis 4:15) We can also find mercy in the account of Abraham. Sarah did not believe that she would conceive and bear a child, so she gave Abraham her handmaid, Hagar. Because she did this, she displayed a distrust in God. Abraham sinned by knowing Hagar and she conceived and bore a child. Abraham and Sarah had sinned against God. However instead of cutting off Abraham’s lineage, he still allowed Sarah to conceive and she bore Isaac. Because of God’s mercy, Abraham became the father of many nations! We read of this in Genesis 16-17. Lastly I would like to point out the mercy of God in the flood. Although God destroyed the world because mankind was sinful, he still showed mercy to Noah and his family. He could have easily annihilated them along with the rest of the world, but he had mercy because Noah was following God. He saved Noah, his wife, their sons, and their wives. We read of this in Genesis 6

  5. In react I had a couple questions about what you got. In React (2) : We must be deeply devoted to one another. & We must be sincere in our love if we are to be at peace.

    1. The first is Romans 12:10
      The second is Romans 12:9

      Does that make sense? Any thoughts on how deep devotion and sincere love brings about peace?

      1. If we deeply devote our lives to Christ then we will know that our life is in His capable hands entirely and we will have peace, because we trust Him and we love Him; and we know He loves and cares for us, and will do what is best for us in the end!

        1. Yes! That’s our Romans 8:28 promise. Even when there is difficulty in this life, God makes it work together for our eternal good…if we trust Him and love Him, as you said. Read Hebrews 12:4-11. This discusses the discipline of the Lord, and how even the negative things in life are used by our loving God to bring about what is best for us.

      2. Yes, it makes sense, I just never would have thought about it.
        I think just like in a marriage relationship ( from seeing my parents) the more you love someone the more you want to not fight with them& the more you want to agree with them. Plus you spend more time with someone you love ( even if it’s a friend not like in a marriage relationship ) which makes you be more like each other & get along better, so you have peace!
        Any questions;)
        I’m not sure if that made sense, but if it did great!

        1. That makes great sense! Love (true, sacrificial love) is essential to being at peace. 1 Peter 4:8 tells us that “love covers a multitude of sins.” When we care more about someone else than ourselves, we are able to be at peace with them, because we long for their wellbeing.

  6. I’m loving your comments so far! You all have really studied, I can tell. The chatroom works best when you comment on each other’s posts, too! I know many of you may not know each other in person…but don’t be shy! Jump on in and discuss the questions with one another <3

  7. To answer the second question, peace with God and with man ultimately comes from Jesus Christ! We find this in Romans 5:1. In John 14:27 we read that Christ has left peace with us and given us peace. When we have peace with God we can have peace with others! In Matthew 5:9 we learn that peacemakers reflect the heart of God. When we have peace with others, we are being a great example and Christ is shining through us! We can actively pursue peace in our lives by studying God’s word. The Bible tells us that we must study to show ourselves approved to God! By studying God’s word and praying to him we establish a relationship with God and we can have peace with him.(Colossians 3:16) Because Jesus died on the cross we can be baptized and that is, ultimately, how we obtain peace with God. Galatians 3:26-27

    1. Very good points. How could we be at peace with others, if we were not first at peace with our Creator? The opposite is true, too. 1 John 4:20 says: “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” Peace with others effects our peace with God. If we are at war with those around us, we cannot be at peace with God.

      And yes, thank you for bringing that up. Peace with God BEGINS with baptism! We cannot be “in Christ” (Romans 6:3) if we are not baptized–and Christ is the one who brings us peace (John 16:33)

  8. I so enjoyed the discussion tonight! Thank you for jumping in with your comments, and for commenting on each other’s posts. I hope that tonight was edifying, and that it helped you think through the material a little bit more. I can tell you had already thought through it, though! We will meet again on September 24th. We will cover weeks 2 and 3. If you have any questions, or if there is anything I can do for you between now and then, jump on here and comment, or email me at bekahcolley@gmail.com. I will do my best to get back to you! Love you all, have a wonderful night.

  9. I am putting this on my calendar to join in next week. I am working on the Digging Deep study as well, but one cannot have too many areas of studying God’s word. God bless you all.

    1. We are looking forward to having you! The chatroom is every other week..so it will not be tonight, but will be next Monday. See you then!

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