The Barnabas Encouragement Connection

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Monthly Bible Study Challenge

February Bible Challenge

March Bible Challenge

April Bible Challenge

May Bible Challenge

Quote the Books of the Bible from Memory (in order) by the end of the month. Find at least one person to share your success with.

June Bible Challenge

Can You Name These Biblical Fathers?

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)

By faith ________, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” (Hebrews 11:17-18)

He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. (Job 1:2-3)

When ________ had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, ________  lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, ________ lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. (Genesis 5:3-5)

But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, ________; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” (Luke 1:13)

________ was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. ________   had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Genesis 6:9-10)

October Study Challenge

A Prayer Journal

Writing down our prayers can be a powerful way to engage with God by sharing our praises and requests with Him. As we continue forward in our individual faith journeys, it can be valuable to look back and read through the thoughts and prayers that brought us to where we are.

5 Steps to Organizing a Prayer Journal:

1. Set a Pattern
Decide how and when you will use your prayer journal. Fixed time or place? The key element is purposefulness.

2. Record Praise and Intercession
Keep two running lists: thank you notes to God and requests to bring before Him. While the requests come easier, balance is the focus.
Leave space for answers and write them in. This can inspire gratitude for some items and perseverance for others.
Track petitions and praises for those for whom you pray regularly. You will see more clearly how God is using your prayers in their lives and avoid the dangers of spiritual narcissism.

3. Include Personal Worship
Reserve a special page for permanent prayer items. “Lord, give me the perfect love of 1 Corinthians 13” can’t be fully answered in this lifetime, but it is the sort of prayer God uses to transform you and draw you closer to Himself. Likewise, “Father, thank You for Your great mercy and salvation” is a praise that will never end, and fulfills the high purpose of giving glory to God.

4. Store Treasures
Collect prayer “gems.” If a sermon expands your understanding of prayer, note the helpful points. If a quotation says it as you’ve never thought of it before, copy it down.

5. Incorporate “Stones of Remembrance”
Look back to look forward. Prepare your heart for prayer by reviewing the previous day’s or week’s journal entries. Or devote a special time to talk to God about your recent prayer life—reminding you of what needs prayer and His greatness in hearing you.
Mark signposts. Several times a year, set aside one or more journal pages for reflections on the impact of prayer in your Christian experience. How has God used prayer in your life? How has prayer deepened your walk with God?

Memorize the names of Jesus’ Disciples by the end of the month. Find at least one person to share your success with.

July Bible Challenge

The 31 Day Proverbs Challenge

A very simple way to engage God’s Word and share it with your family and others.

  • Starting July 1, read the chapter in Proverbs that corresponds with that day’s date.
  • After reading the chapter, choose one verse from the chapter that you want to share with someone.
  • Go public with it! Post it on your Facebook status or twitter account. Make a point of working it into a conversation throughout the day. Sit down as a family or with a group of friends and share which verse you chose. The possibilities are endless…
  • Tomorrow, do it all over again…for the next 31 days.

November Study Challenge

SOAP Devotion Study

SOAP is a way of reading your Bible and applying what you read in a practical way.

SOAP stands for:

Scripture – Read a passage of scripture and write down a verse or two that jumps out to you.
Observation – What are your personal observations that you note from this scripture?
Application – How does it now apply to your everyday life? What can you do to apply this in your life today?
Prayer – Write a personal prayer based on your observation and application.


December Study Challenge

The book of Luke in the Bible has 24 chapters in it. You can read a chapter a day for the next 24 days, and on Christmas morning, you will know the events surrounding the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)

Many of us have heard of a “Gratitude Jar”. This month’s challenge is to take this same concept and create a “Rejoice Jar”. Once a day simply write down on a small piece of paper a scripture that you’re holding to, a praise report, a prayer, or the words “Lord, I choose to Rejoice Today”. Each day place the piece of paper in your “Rejoice Jar”. At the end of the month, pull out the pieces of paper one by one and read them out loud.

* If you don’t have a jar, you can use a box, a large envelope…
* Maybe decorate your jar or box
* Families can do this together

August Study Challenge

Choose One Scripture Each Week to Meditate On

To Meditate on God’s Word is to ponder and dwell on the Scripture. It’s a way to have the Word of God “dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16).

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

To meditate is to purposely stay narrowly focused on a short phrase or verse and ponder it deeply. Meditating on the Word is more like cooking a stew for many hours than a quick sauté in a pan.

Meditating on the Word is not to get more information from the Bible, but to let even one word or phrase from the Bible take hold of your heart and mind.

There are many ways to meditate on the Word of God:

1. Read the Word - Slowly read the Bible verse several times. Discover key phrases or words.

2. Write the Word - Write the entire verse at least once.

3. Memorize the Word - Having the verse in your mind and heart frees you up to not have to look for your place on the page.

4. Speak the Word - Gently speak it out loud several times. It can help you focus and process the verse.

5. Sing the Word - Sing the Bible? Yes! (Col. 3:16) Singing can unlock the heart and emotions. It adds another dimension to meditating on God’s Word.

6. Pray the Bible - Turn the Bible into a dialogue with God. Thank God for the truth that the verse is pointing to. Commit to obey and ask God to empower your heart to follow-through.

7. Picture the Bible - For example, when Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is like a Sower going out to the field to sow seed, picture the scene in your mind. What is God thinking, feeling, and saying?

All of these are ways to meditate on God’s Word and be still in God’s presence. Be sure to write down any insights and thoughts you had and ask God to give you more.

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Can You Name these Biblical Mothers?

“Then the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

“The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

"I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her." (Genesis 17:16)

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28)

“So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water." (Exodus 2:9-10)

“Then _____ took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. The women living there said, “_____ has a son’” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:22)

September Study Challenge

How many of these descriptions can you match with their Theological terms?

(Hint: It’s OK to call a friend or research them if you’re not sure)

  1. The study of the Holy Spirit _____
  2. The science and art of biblical interpretation _____
  3. The science of giving a defense of the Christian faith _____
  4. The study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times _____
  5. Refers to the general truths that can be known about God through nature _____
  6. How God has chosen to reveal Himself through miraculous means. Includes physical appearances of God, dreams, visions, the written Word of God, and most importantly—Jesus Christ _____
  7. The exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis _____
  8. The interpretation of a passage based on a subjective, non-analytical reading _____
  9. The study of the church _____
  10. The study of the doctrine of salvation. Discusses how Christ’s death secures the salvation of those who believe _____

  1. Apologetics
  2. Eisegesis
  3. Special Revelation
  4. Ecclesiology
  5. Soteriology
  6. Hermeneutics
  7. Eschatology
  8. General Revelation
  9. Pneumatology
  10. Exegesis