Prison Bible Study Course

You've just accepted the Lord as your personal Savior. You are anxious to know more about developing a relationship with God, finding a Bible believing church, and Christian friends that will help you in your walk with the Lord, etc. Now what do I do to grow in the things of the Lord? Here is a simple outline that will get you started in the right direction. Take time to read this material over carefully, asking God to give you wisdom as you study what He has to tell you from His Holy Word. Meditate on the scriptures, and if you still need help in understanding what you study and read, ask a Christian friend, your Chaplain, a pastor you may know, or a Christian volunteer that comes into the prison to share God's Word with you. God Bless You as you get started in learning more about our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ.

How To Develop Your Relationship With God

A. What Is God Like? Becoming a Christian is the beginning of developing a relationship with
God. God is a person - not a force, or a vapor, or an invisible eye. He wants to talk to you, and
He wants you to talk to Him. When you meet new friends, it takes many hours of communicating
to really get to know them. God has become your friend, and He is the most interesting and
loving person you will ever know. Jesus said, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent". (John 17:3).

1.Who is God? Read Matthew 28:19. God is one God, revealed in three persons. What
three persons make up the Godhead?

a. _____________________

b. _____________________

c. _____________________

2.What do these Scriptures tell us about God the Father?

a. Matthew 7: 11

b. John 4: 23, 24

c. Hebrews 12:9

d. James 1:17

In your own words, describe the qualities of a good

3.What do these Scriptures tell us about Jesus, the Son?

a. John 8:12

b. John 10:14

c. Hebrews 13:8

d. Galatians 3:13

JESUS, OUR REDEEMER: Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. The term
"the Law" usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. According to these five
books, we can see that the curse of the Law, or the result of breaking God's law is threefold: poverty,
sickness, and eternal death. Jesus, through His death, burial and resurrection, redeemed us from this
curse. In other words, He freed us from the bondage of poverty, the destruction of sickness and disease
and the eternal separation from God. All we have to do is believe and have faith in Him as our

4.What do these Scriptures tell us about the Holy Spirit?

a. 1 Corinthians 3:16

b. John 16: 13, 14

c. Romans 8:14

d. Romans 8:16


1. Do what Enoch did - Enoch was a man who knew God. He is only mentioned a few
times in the Bible, but his example is one each of us can follow. His name means dedicated.
Enoch was dedicated to God. Let's look at the Scriptures to see what Enoch did to get to
know God.

a. Genesis 5:24 - What did Enoch do?

Describe what it means to walk with or fellowship closely with someone
who is a friend.

b. Hebrews 11:5 - What did God think about Enoch?


2. Put God first - We can live a life pleasing to God, just like Enoch did, by doing what
Enoch did. Enoch put God first. Every day we have decisions to make and responsibilities
to take care of. Each day, whether we realize it or not, we take care of those duties that are
a priority to us. Where should God fit in our daily routines?

c. Matthew 6:33 - What does God say we should seek first?

What is the result of putting God first?

d. Colossians 3: 1,2 - What things are we to seek, now that we


What do you think Paul means by seeking "those things that are

e. Luke 10: 38-42 - What was it about Mary that Jesus commended?


What was it about Martha that we need to be aware of?

It is easy to get too busy. What things are taking too much of your time?

3. Seek God with your whole heart

a. Revelation 3: 15,16 - What does God think about those
believers who

are lukewarm, or half-hearted, toward Him?

b. Psalm 119:2 - How are we to seek God?

c. Jeremiah 29: 13 - When will we really get to know God, or find Him?

d. Matthew 5:6 - We will be filled with God when we do what?

In your own words, describe what it is like to hunger and thirst for

4. What are the results of seeking God?

a. 2 Chronicles 7: 14 - Who is to seek God? ____________________

What four things are we to do?

What does God promise to do?

b. 2 Chronicles 16: 9 - What type of person are the eyes of the Lord ever seeking


What does God want to do for that person?

c. Psalm 34:10 -Those who seek the Lord will not lack what?

d. Proverbs 8: 17 - When we seek God what happens?
11:6 - What does God do for those who diligently seek Him?

5. Examples of those who sought God

a. 1 Chronicles 28: 9 - Solomon was instructed to know God and to serve

How was he supposed to do this?

b. 2 Chronicles 31: 20, 21 - How did Hezekiah seek his God?

What was the result?

c. Ezra 7:10 - Ezra prepared his heart so he could do what three things?

Read Deuteronomy 30: 19,20 - Our Christian life is a result of choices we make. God will never
force Himself or His will upon us. He has given us a free will to choose life or death, blessings or
curses. Do you choose to seek God first? ______________________. Getting to know God by
seeking Him daily is a lifelong commitment. Just as marriage is a commitment in which two people
choose to spend the rest of their lives getting to know one another, so too is our relationship with God.
Getting to know someone takes time. It takes your whole heart to really get to know someone well.
God wants us to walk with Him, just as we would walk with our spouse or our very best friend. What
are some specific ways you can begin to put god first and seek Him with all of your heart?

Are there any attitudes, habits, or activities in your life that you need to change in order to make God
your number one priority? List them:

What kinds of activities hinder you from seeking God daily?

Are you noticing a difference in your life when you are seeking God, and when you are not?

Want more? There is much more for you to know than what you have done here. If you desire to know
more of God, I would suggest that you send for a Bible correspondence course (there are some free
courses being offered through a variety of ministries), or invest in a good study book on learning the
basics - such as - "Getting a Grip on the Basics" by Beth Jones (Building a Firm Foundation for the
Victorious Christian Life). See your volunteer, pastor, or Chaplain for further information.