Getting Into Bible Study…

There are different ways to consider the main lines of what God says in the Bible. After years of personal study, a very competent Bible teacher of the 20th Century set out some key subjects as a starting point. His suggested approach is provided in full in our Resources Section.

Here is a recap of the main headings. If you see matters you want to study further just start by reading the fuller document here, where you will be able to track the Bible verses supporting each key point.


  1. The importance of the subject
  2. What is meant by the term “Inspiration”?
  3. How the Scriptures themselves regard Inspiration
  4. How the Lord Jesus and the New Testament writers accepted the veracity of the Old Testament Scriptures
  5. Fulfilled prophecy as evidence of the divine origin of Scripture.
  6. The exactness of the inspired Word
  7. God’s sovereign care of His inspired word at the hand of copyists, translations and versions.


  1. Belief in the existence of God
  2. The Being of God
  3. The Attributes of God
  4. The Trinity


  1. The Creation of the Universe
  2. The creation of the angels
  3. The entrance of sin


  1. The Patriarchal Period
  2. The beginnings of the nation
  3. Education as to a coming Redeemer
  4. How Israel developed historically
  5. How Israel degenerated spiritually


  1. At the close of the appointed period
  2. The Incarnation
  3. The Atonement
  4. The Resurrection and Ascension


  1. The present work of the Lord Jesus
  2. The present work of the Holy Spirit
    1. Generally.
      1. In relation to the believer
      2. In relation to the Church the Body
      3. In relation to the House of God
      4. In relation to the world


1.         The word Church generally

  1. Singular form
  2. Plural form

2.         The Church which is His Body

  1. References to this Church in the N.T.
  2. Viewed as an eternal purpose
  3. In shadowy outline in the O.T. Scriptures
  4. In the full light of N.T. revelation


  1. Jacob’s early vision
  2. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
  3. The Tabernacle in the Land
  4. The Temple of Solomon
  5. The Temple of the Remnant
  6. The Remnant Temple rebuilt by Herod
  7. The Spiritual House of the New Testament


Yet some will be struggling today with earthly loss, and the surrounding festivities will not lessen it.  We may wonder at God’s feelings as His Son was born as the baby, Jesus.  What would be a delightful event for so many, was for Him the next painful step towards an inevitably more painful one.  Daily there would be fresh emphasis on the saddening reality that the miracle of Jesus’ birth would soon have to be eclipsed again by the miracle of His dying.  We cannot imagine God the Father’s suffering as He watched what unfolded on earth.  Yet it was far from accidental.  In fact it was all part of a bigger plan that would resolve the very problem that caused Jesus’ death.

Whether we are celebrating with friends and family or commiserating with those enduring pain and grief, it is worth remembering that God has a plan that cannot fail to succeed.  We shall yet see the truth of all the things God says about His Son, including those mentioned on our candy cane verses.

Christmas Parade

Friday night here is the annual Christmas Parade night!

This brings an opportunity to hand out candy canes. There is folklore about the origin of candy canes, which perhaps has little basis in fact. It would be nice to think that when we give these gifts to very appreciative children along the parade route, they will see some significance to them, or perhaps ask about why they are the shape they are for instance. People have thought they are in the shape of a “J” to remind us of Jesus. And they are white with red stripes to remind us that after a spotless life His blood was shed, when He took God’s punishment for our wrongdoings. No doubt we can think of other things about them that may remind us of Bible truth, though it is quite likely all our best thoughts will not be shared by the youngsters who receive the candy canes; they just enjoy the treat, and we are very glad that’s the case.

However, we do want everyone (parents and children!) to know what the Bible does say about Jesus, so we attach to each candy cane a label with a couple of descriptive Bible verses. Check it out in the picture if you can, but better still come and see the real thing at the Parade if you can.

Food for Thought

This is a weekly adult Bible study, and for the coming few weeks we are looking at what is pre-occupying many Christians: the coming of the Lord. We have studied the hope that was evident in faithful people waiting for the Messiah to be born, and our hope that has been made real by His coming. Now we are going to look at the preparations made in advance of His coming, and challenge ourselves with the application of these things in our day.

The Preparation
Isa.40:3-5; Lk.3:1-22 (What was/is baptism all about?)

Questions for starters:

1. If the prophecy by Isaiah was about a coming king, why was the cry to be heard in the wilderness, away from the city? Where should God’s highway lead to?
2. What is the point of raising valleys and flattening mountains about? Did that happen when Jesus was born? What are the obstacles in our lives?
3. In Lk.3:3 (and see Matthew 3), John prepares the Jews to receive the Messiah by baptizing them; where did he get that procedure from?
4. What is meant by: “…a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”; in what way were they preparing to meet their saviour?
5. John said that the Messiah would baptize them with the Holy Spirit (Lk.3:16); how was that fulfilled?
6. Why was Jesus baptized (Lk.3:21, and see Matthew 3:13-17)?
7. What did Jesus mean by saying He had another “baptism to be baptized with” (Lk.12:50) and why did He use that description? What was He preparing for?
8. When Philip used another prophecy of Isaiah (see Acts 8:26-39) it resulted in the person he spoke to getting baptized. Why? And what can we learn from this account about how and when we should get baptized today?
9. What is the connection between being baptized and being part of God’s kingdom?

Food for Thought


Many think at Christmastime of the coming of Christ. People hoped for it to happen before Jesus was born. So we could call this a season of hope. At our Food for Thought Bible studies over the next month we’ll look at the coming of Messiah, the promise of it, the fulfillment of that promise, and the effects for us. Here are the starter questions, this week about “the hope”:

Isaiah 9:1-2,6-7 first.

1. This is a prophecy about the Messiah coming. What is meant by “people walking in darkness”?
2. When did Isaiah expect his predictions to happen? Is his prophecy all fulfilled now, or is some still to be hoped for?
3. Why is the order of v.6 important? Would our hope be any different if it said: “For to us a son is born, to us a child is given”?
4. Why is Messiah being a wonderful counsellor a source of hope?
5. If Messiah is “Mighty God” does that mean he is less than “Almighty God”? Were the Jews to hope for a God-like man or man who is God?
6. Why would the Son of God be described as “Everlasting Father”?
7. Is the “prince of peace” a lesser title than King? Why would “prince” be used in this prophecy? See also Acts 5:31

Romans 13:11-14 next.
1. What is meant by the “salvation” mentioned in v.11?
2. If we are truly hoping for that salvation to arrive, what difference should it make in our lives now? Is that a vain hope?

You may have other points to raise about this Bible passage. Let us know, and if you’re local, come and join in at 7:30pm!

Food and Friendship

Once a month in the cooler months (!) we are delighted to provide a free soup and bagel lunch, in the comfortable Community Room of the Mount Forest Library Basement (which is conveniently served by an elevator). Our next meal is currently planned for December 11th.

Don’t miss out on sharing in these events.

Check local notice boards in the Library and local stores (including the Thrift Store) for the date of the next lunch (and we’ll post it on this web page too, as above).

Lunch is served between 12 noon and 1:00pm.  All are welcome.

Food for Thought

Our weekly Bible study for adults is to focus tonight on Philippians chapter 3. Here are the starter questions:
1. “Rejoice in the Lord” is a common phrase in the Bible; what does it involve?
2. How can we “worship by the Spirit of God”(v.3)? Is it true of all Christian worship?
3. What is so special about the tribe of Benjamin that Paul would emphasize that genealogy?
4. Which church did Paul persecute?
5. “…knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” and “…know Him” (v.8,10) must involve more than just head knowledge of facts about Jesus; what does Paul mean?
6. Is Paul doubting he will be resurrected (v.11)? Or what is he thinking about here?
7. Verse 13 and 14 are a lifestyle motto of sorts; any comments?
8. What are the implications and applications of verse 16?
9. If we want people to imitate us, what must we be careful about (v.17)?
10. What is the impact on our present lives of our citizenship being in heaven?
11. In what ways does v.21 provide comfort to us?
You may have other points to raise about this Bible passage. Let us know, and if you’re local, come and join in at 7:30pm!

For the Bible student

For the past century, the results of monthly studies by many different groups all focusing on the same portion of the Bible at the same time, have been documented and published as Bible Studies Magazine (see the sample magazine cover below).

A variety of views on different Scriptures and topics usually emerges and editors have when necessary added a few comments to keep everyone on track.

You can use this resource now on the web. You’ll find the treasure trove at:

Bible Studies Archive

You can check the index there and choose to research a specific Bible book or topic.
After you’ve tried it, by all means leave a comment here. And if you find it useful, do share the link with your Bible-studying friends!

Food for Thought

For those interested in a serious but practical Bible study,  we enjoy a weekly evening study time for adults, and welcome newcomers.  We meet each Monday evening at 7:30pm.  Just contact us and we’ll let you know the venue for the upcoming get together. And we can send you a copy of a list of Starter Questions we are using in studying the current topic (which is the Bible book of Philippians).

FAST Food for Youth

Young people from the Mount Forest area who have attended Mount Forest Camp in the Summer often want an excuse to get together with fellow campers during the Fall, Winter and Spring. So teens with that kind of interest, who want to attend an event that is a good mix of fun activities and sound and applicable Bible-based information-sharing, get together to enjoy FAST Food for Youth. (Oh, and yes, food is usually on the menu too!).
You can ask to join the FaceBook page at: FAST Food. Or if you know a fellow teen who already attends, just hitch a ride with them to the next monthly event.
And be thinking about attending Deep Freeze at Mount Forest Camp! Details to follow, but check out our post on last year’s Deep Freeze below.

The Church of God in action