HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE - 3
At this point in these four blogs, how have you changed your alone-time with God in His Word? Our hope is that the Spirit will ignite a new desire to gain much more from reading the Scriptures.
3 – DISCUSSION – “TALK ABOUT IT” - What do others say?
· Discover what others are saying. (Discussion Example: Read Acts 8:32-35)
· Read Romans 15:13-14 and pray the Holy Spirit will help you learn from others.
Discussion among individuals is the oldest and still one of the most powerful teaching tactics used to draw out ideas and challenge presumptions by asking and answering questions. Discussion was used by the Early Church (Acts 17:2; 17:17; 18:4; 18:19; 19:8-9; 24:25) to challenge each other’s life and ministry. Discuss what are the timeless and supra-cultural key principles in the passage? How is this relevant today? And what do you think God is saying to you, your family and church? This becomes the means by which you can put into action.
For example, ask questions and summarize your answers. Why do you think some people teach one thing yet live differently? Why do people think they must add something to the Word of God to completely train a man of God? How can we help others continue in the Word of God and not give up when faced with persecution and suffering?
(Example) Discuss your key principles and functions (Meditations) with others.
Discussion: Contrast these principles with your life, family and church experience today.
It does not require the Holy Spirit and obedience to just teach the Word. We cannot accept that the Bible alone is enough; it is too easy or simple, so we must add other teaching and philosophies to our teaching. By reading and doing the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit along with maintaining a commitment to a church family.
What changes do you need to make in your life, family and church here and now?
I need to make sure my conduct and my teaching agree. I must teach the Scriptures with all authority while recognizing the sufficiency of God’s Word in my life. Lord renew my confidence in being able to completely train and equip others by your Word alone.
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