- As you begin each lesson, pray that God will speak to you through His word.
- Read the introduction to the study and respond to the personal reflection question or exercise. This is designed to help you focus on God and on the theme of study.
- Each study deals with a particular passage so that you can delve into the author’s meaning in that context. Read and re-read the passage to be studied. The questions are written using the language of the New International Version, so you may wish to use that version of the Bible. The New Revised Standard Version is also recommended.
- This is an inductive Bible study, designed to help you discover for yourself what Scripture is saying. The study includes three types of questions. Observation questions ask about the basic facts: who, what, when, where and how. Interpretation questions delve into the meaning of the passage. Application questions help you discover the implications of the text for growing in Christ. These three keys unlock the treasures of Scripture. If you can copy and print a hard copy of the lesson questions, write your answers in the spaces provided. Writing can bring clarity and deeper understanding of yourself and of God’s Word.
- It might be good to have a Bible dictionary handy. Use it to look up any unfamiliar words, names or places.
- Use the prayer suggestion to guide you in thanking God for what you have learned and to pray about the applications that have come to mind.
- You may want to go on to the suggestion under “Now or Latter,” or you may want to use the idea for your next study.
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