Have you ever experienced a time when you wanted to share a biblical thought or give an uplifting word and searching the Bible wasn't an option, and relying on your memory was too risky? It isn't unusual for Christians to find themselves in a situation of this nature and wish for a handy quick reference book with topics and a glossary alphabetized for ease in finding just the right thought or to give someone a word of praise or encouragement. Congratulations! Your selection of Stepping Stones is exactly that tool and more. Use it to enhance your personal growth and advance your witnessing efforts. Its design facilitates optimizing your Sunday School and VBS ministries and supports leadership development of all church leaders. This reliable guidebook produces confident faith in God and fosters the believer's desire to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
WAYS TO BENEFIT FROM THIS WORK As A Ready Reference
Christians often find themselves unexpectedly in need of a passage of Scripture to provide spiritual remarks or insight, or to give words of encouragement. This book is a ready reference offering topics supported by Scripture for such occasions. Use the Table of Topics or the Categorized Table of Topics to locate a topic quickly. Specific Topic
For a specific topic, use the Table of Topics for an alphabetical listing of the material included in this book. Each topic has Scripture supported content for devotionals, for a discussion group, a short talk, etc. For personal study, the content is designed to "tickle" your interest and cause you to want to go deeper. Building a Core Curriculum
This work will assist you in building a core curriculum by age group for various uses. As a Sunday School superintendent or teacher, you may desire to develop a core curriculum for assessing the biblical knowledge and competency of your students. As A Teaching Tool
1. This work can be used to supplement Sunday School literature as many of its topics can be taught parallel to the subject of the weekly Sunday School lesson in most Sunday School quarterlies.
2. The work will prove sufficient as Vacation Bible School literature, allowing a level of flexibility that Standard VBS materials do not offer.
3. A Question and Answer Study Guide for Bible bowls or other quizzes is quickly and easily compiled from the content of this work. For New Converts
New converts are often skeptical about approaching the Bible. This work offers a categorized listing of topics useful in lessening any anxiety toward reading and studying the Bible. Simply refer to the Categorized Table of Topics, choose a topic, and begin to embrace the Bible as the blessing it is. Teacher/Leader Development Tool
Pastors and superintendents, who incorporate the use of this work into their training and development program, as the effective Bible resource tool that it is, could significantly improve their chances of getting members involved in the teaching and leadership ministries of the church. Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost
Holy Spirit is the third person or personality of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), God the Holy Spirit. He is fully God. Holy Spirit is not an "it"; He is a person and was present with God at the creation of the universe and of man (Gen. 1:2; 26). Other names that signify Holy Spirit include: • Spirit • Spirit of God • Spirit of the Living God • Spirit of Jesus Christ • Spirit of the Lord • Spirit of Wisdom • Spirit of Truth • Spirit of Grace • Spirit of Life • Paraclete Other important facts about Holy Spirit: • Holy Spirit was present in the beginning (Gen. 1:2, 26). • Holy Spirit is to be reverenced, and there are consequences for not doing so..."But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation" (Mark 3:29). • He came upon David and left Saul (I Sam. 16:13-14). David pleads with God not to take Holy Spirit from him (Psm. 51:11). • He is the Spirit spoken of in Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:18-21, prophesies that Christ would be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and minister to that in need. • He is the Spirit spoken of in Ezekiel 37:1-14 concerning the vision of the valley of dry bones and restoring hope to "dead" Israel. • Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28) with the evidence of prophesies, dreams, and visions. • He overshadowed Mary, and she conceived Christ (Luke 1:35). • He led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by satan. • Holy Spirit's works are numerous throughout the book of Acts. They include the account of Ananias and Sapphira, who both dropped dead after lying to Holy Spirit about how much money they received from selling their possessions (Acts 5: 1-10). • Holy Spirit empowered and inspired the Apostles to do an effective work in the early churches, as recorded in the book of Acts and Paul's Epistles. • Holy Spirit is not to be grieved (Eph. 4:30). • Holy Spirit is not to be quenched (I Thes. 5:19). • Holy Spirit's work is, "he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). • Before Jesus returned to Heaven, He prayed that God the Father would send God the Holy Spirit, or "another Comforter," the Spirit of truth to be with us forever (John 14:16).
Jesus instructed the apostles to tarry, stay, remain in Jerusalem until they received power to do the work He assigned them. They gathered in an upper room, prayed, and made supplications to God. It was on a day that Pentecost was to be celebrated that Holy Spirit appeared to them. God sent a "rushing mighty wind" that filled the room and "cloven tongues like as of fire," "sat" or lighted, or rested upon their heads, and they were all filled with Holy Spirit. This filling is referred to as the baptism of the Holy Spirit spoken of by John the Baptist (Luke 3:16). With the power of Holy Spirit upon them, they began to speak with other tongues, or language. Jews from around the country who were in Jerusalem at the time could hear and understand what they heard because someone in the upper room was speaking in their native language (Acts 2:1-8). Note:
Believers should appreciate how powerful Holy Spirit is and how much we need Him. His presence does not make Christians better than non-Christians, as Christians were sinners at one time (Rom. 3:23), but have now received forgiveness and salvation through grace (Eph. 1:7). Christians are, however, better off than non-Christians are because Christians have Christ's free gift of Holy Spirit sent by God to teach, lead, guide, and direct our lives. RETRACE YOUR STEPS Regarding the Bible Name one biblical author who was a prophet. Name one biblical author who was a priest. Name one biblical author who was a physician. Name one biblical author who was a fisherman. Name one biblical author who was a tentmaker. Regarding the Tree of Life & The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil How does the Bible describe these two trees? What did God command concerning these trees? To whom did God give the command regarding the trees? Regarding Enoch and Methuselah Who was the father of this Enoch? What did God say about Enoch? What New Testament book mentions Enoch? What can we learn from the life of this Enoch? How many times is Methuselah mentioned in the Bible? Regarding Hell How do we know that hell is real? How does, Mark 9:43-44, describe hell? Why has hell enlarged itself? Where will you spend eternity?
A born-again servant of God, Sister Campbell's devout Christian upbringing influenced by Matthew 25:31-46, guides her ministry. Educated and trained in Scriptures from her youth, she is a teacher, workshop presenter, speaker and coordinator of Greater Works Crusade Ministry, all to the glory of God. She dedicates this God-inspired work to His honor and to edify His people. As Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, she coins this work, "Sunday School in my pocket." As a presenter and speaker, she considers it a "ready reference," and as a worshipper, its Christ-centeredness ushers her into His presence. AJC
What a great work. It encourages its readers to desire to know and love God more intimately. For thirty-five years, I have watched Sister Jane's passion and dedication to growing believers through God's word. God has significantly advanced her ministry and she has been a blessing to Antioch's ministry. Rev. Lucius Barber-Pastor, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.