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Word Bible Study: Lent 5 Old Testament

Look at What God Can Do!

Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 for the fifth Sunday in Lent, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of the Word One Bible study for Lent 5 Old Testament

Participants will:
1.View themselves as God's created, redeemed and empowered children.
2.Acknowledge God as the Giver of physical life and eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus.
3.Recognize, identify and appreciate these gifts in themselves and others.

Group Guidelines
This Bible study has been developed for use in a small group of 6-8 people. If your group is larger than this, divide into smaller groups of 5 or 6. The leader of the group is the individual who traveled the furthest to be part of this study. The leader will encourage participation of each person in the study and keep track of time so that each participant has 2-3 minutes for sharing in each activity. Participants have the opportunity to pass if they don't wish to share.

Getting Started
Take a few moments and answer the following questions. Share your answers with your group.
1.What is the greatest gift you have ever received?
2.Why was it so special?
3.Who gave you this gift?
4.Did you share this gift with anyone else?
5.Did this gift come with instructions?
6.Did you use the instructions or simply use the gift without consulting the instructions

Getting into Scripture
Read Ezekiel 37:1-14, giving everyone a chance to read two or three verses.
1.God asked Ezekiel, "Can these bones live?" Which of the following responses comes closest to what Ezekiel replied?
a.You have got to be kidding.
b.Don't bother me with details.
c.Only You know, O Lord.
2.Ezekiel was God's spokesman. He did what God commanded because...
a.he would get embarrassed if he didn't.
b.he would get punished if he didn't.
c.he had faith.
3.God did some amazing things in this valley. Which of the following seems most incredible to you?
a.God spoke through Ezekiel
b.Bones came together and were alive
c.The Holy Spirit breathed life into these bones
4.How is your spiritual life right now?
a.A valley of dry, dry bones
b.Totally disassembled and spread out
c.All together in one piece
5.What would you like to see God do for you?
a.Convince me that I am loved
b.Empower me to believe His love
c.Empower me to share His love
6.What area of your life would you like to see God "pull together" and "breathe life" into?
a.My family
b.My school
c.My friends
Reread the text. Then let the person with the longest fingernails share which verse meant the most to them. Let everyone else in the group have a chance to share, as well.

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
Complete each of the following statements. Then pair up with another person from your group and share what you wrote.
1.I thank God for...
2.I was surprised about...
3.My greatest discovery during this study was...
4.God has given me an opportunity to...
When all have shared their statements with another, take turns and introduce your partner to the whole group. In your information, share one of the gifts that God has given them.

Close this study with a prayer thanking God for the gift of Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Thank God for the gifts that He has given us that help glorify Him and help build His Kingdom. Thank God for the gift of fellow believers to work with in this task.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Old Testament readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.

Republished and revised in March 2014 for youthESource.

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