Sermon Resources (Script. Study)

Sermon resources are provided in the form of Scripture Study materials.  Notes, Commentary, and Questions – can be found free, attached to each audio file of WRBC sermons. To download these resources, click on the Extras link at the bottom of the audio file for the sermon you are interested in. These materials are also available at cost from our information center.

Making Use of Scripture Studies

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God,
a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed,
correctly teaching the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (HCSB)

Scripture StudyAs a church family, we desire to grow in the whole counsel of God believing that “[all] Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Along with our commitment to expository preaching that is based on working through books of the Bible we provide Scripture Studies. These studies focus primarily on deepening our understanding of the Scripture passage on which the Sunday morning message is based. Our hope is their use will increase both attentiveness and note-taking during the Sunday morning messages, as people know they will be revisiting the Scripture passage during week in their own personal study and potentially in discussion with their LifeGroup and/or other significant relationships.

Included in our Scripture Studies are three separate documents that have been given the following headings:

Notes

Designed as the primary resource in the Scripture Studies, this document contains the following elements:

  • Portions of the Scripture passage to be studied from the New International Version (NIV), and usually, from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as well.
  • Notes from the HCSB Study Bible, the HCSB Apologetics Study Bible, and the New Living Translation (NLT) Life Application Bible
  • Occasionally, notes from the Life Essentials Study Bible

Commentary

This document is for those who desire a more in-depth study of the passage. It contains information from the New American Commentary and represents the finest in contemporary evangelical scholarship. The scholars used the New International Version as the standard in their translation.

Questions

This document contains numerous discussion questions created by the developers of the best-selling Life Application Bible and are designed to support a natural teaching flow: Open it, Explore It, Get It, and Apply It.

Use these questions to stimulate your study of the Scripture passage – but do not aim to work through them all.  Skim the questions and make use of the ones that resonate with you the most. If you have only a brief time to spend in this document, take special note of the questions highlighted with an “*”.

LifeGroupIf you’re part of a LifeGroup, we suggest you contribute to the discussion by coming prepared with one or two questions for your members to discuss. Feel free to create your own questions – in fact, this is preferable.

Resource Details

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Study Bible

HCSBWhen reading a passage in the Bible, you shouldn’t have to wonder where to find supporting reference notes and commentary that go along with it. That’s why the HCSB Study Bible – featuring approximately 15,000 study notes – is designed so that every clarifying resource is there ready to be used with the biblical text to which it refers. You’ll never again forget what you were looking for, because the pertinent note, map, chart, word study, or illustration is already there. And when an even deeper view is desired, there are also introductions for each book, outlines and timelines, a concordance, and more. For the growing believer whose desire is to know Scripture more intimately and live out its loving instruction, the HCSB Study Bible always keeps you and God on the same page.

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Apologetics Study Bible

HCS-Apologetics BibleThe Apologetics Study Bible will help today’s Christian better understand, defend and proclaim his/her beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism.

More than 100 hundred key articles are placed throughout the volume relating the truth of the Bible to disciplines such as science, history, and philosophy. This dynamic feature prompts a rewarding experience at every reading. Highlights of this new thinking person’s edition of God’s Word include an introduction focusing on relevant apologetics issues and profiles of historic Christian apologists from Justin Martyr to C.S. Lewis.

The New Living Translation (NLT) Life Application Bible

NLT Life App. BibleThe Life Application Bible® will help you understand God’s message to you. Its notes explain difficult passages and give background information about Bible life and times, but they go a step further – they also show how God’s Word speaks to every situation and circumstance of your life.

The Life Essentials Study Bible

Life EssentialsDr. Gene Getz has devoted his life to presenting God’s Principles through the teaching of God’s Word. In the Life Essentials Study Bible, Getz puts forth 1,500 principles in Scripture that are as relevant today as when the Bible was first written. Getz’s goal is to help the learner more easily remember and effectively apply the Bible’s wisdom to everyday life. He explains how each of these principles represents a supra-cultural truth—one that can and should be applied at any moment in history and in every cultural situation.

The New American Commentary

New American Com.In development for over a decade, The New American Commentary series is for those who have been seeking a commentary that honours the Scriptures, represents the finest in contemporary evangelical scholarship and lends itself to the practical work of preaching and teaching. This comprehensive series serves as a minister’s friend and a Bible student’s guide.

The New American Commentary is based on the inerrancy of Scripture, focuses on the intrinsic theological and exegetical concerns of each Biblical book, and engages the range of issues raised in contemporary Biblical scholarship. Drawing on the skills and insight of over forty Bible scholars, The New American Commentary brings together scholarship and piety to produce a tool that enhances and supports the life of the church. The scholars used the New International Version as the standard in their translation.

Questions for LESSONmaker

Life EssentialsLife Application Bible
Contains thousands of discussion questions created by the developers of the best-selling

Discussion questions designed to support a natural teaching flow:
Open it, Explore It, Get It, and Apply It.