Looking for a Way to Draw Closer to the Heart of God?
Greetings! My name is Elizabeth Marks. After Jesus saved my soul, He gave me a desire to encourage people to renew their minds with God’s words. Accepting Jesus Christ was the best thing that happened to me and I want you to discover how good God is too! God encouraged me, so I can encourage you! God desires you to know Him and reading the Bible is a good first step.
Our ministry started with simple devotions I wrote to encourage my small group members. This grew into a subscription service to reach more people with God’s words. When I discovered inductive Bible study method, I gladly wanted to share that with others too. To help my small group get more out of just reading the Bible using inductive study method, the Study Puzzle was created. The inductive study method is so appealing for its interaction with God’s words. Being a small group leader myself, I’m always looking for new studies for our group. Using the inductive study method I penned Your Discovery Series Bible Study based on the book of Ephesians was designed for small groups and personal study, with 3 lessons for every chapter. It’s chalked full of tools to help you get more out of your study of the God’s words.
I’m always looking for ways to draw people into the Bible and find the road to a transformed life, like I did. I hope you will join me on this journey and allow these devotions and Bible studies to help you along the way.
ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries – Board of Directors
Founder and President
Elizabeth Marks was born and raised in Southern California. She came to Christ in 2000 as a result she now has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. She has led a home based small group Bible study for five years and then switched to leading a workplace Bible study. She is also a regular blood donor with American Red Cross. As a volunteer associate community leader with Saddleback@Work ministry, she provides care, prayer, and encouragement to other workplace small group leaders. She is the founder of ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries, a non-profit Bible teaching organization. Her desire is to see believers rooted and grounded in God’s Word so they become what God desires.
Juanita Johnson grew up in a Christian family and now has the opportunity to raise her two boys in a Christian environment. She is a member of Saddleback Church and has been a volunteer in various children ministries and is a volunteer on the Finance team. She has been involved in women’s small group studies and couple small groups over the past decade. Her professional background includes 20 years of experience in diverse positions including Finance, Accounting, Audit, and Acquisition both domestic and international.
Rita Thomas is a born-again Christian since December, 2003. She is a leader of Women’s Ministry at her church and sits on the Missions Board. She is in charge of Global Missions and is working with the Jesus Film Project to plan and coordinate a Jesus Film Project briefing for churches in her community. Rita has been a small group leader for the past six years, leading a group of 6 women whose husbands are non-believers. Rita and her husband, Tony, are the parents of two grown daughters, and soon to be a grandparents of their first grandchild.
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God´s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven´s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God´s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin´s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God´s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5