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Category: Bible Study

“When Your Heart is on Fire, People Love to Watch it Burn”

...I felt myself growing encouraged, knowing that as good as video curriculum can be, growing local leaders who teach the Bible to their own community bring life and vitality and realness. It tells the woman at the bus stop that someone like her reads and believes the Bible. It tells the businesswoman that God’s Word has power in her life—it’s not reserved just for persuasive, professional communicators.

There has been a lot of discussion on the web lately about the importance of growing women Bible teachers in our own churches.  While we have many gifted women who create excellent mass market video studies for us to use, it is important that the women in our local churches are being developed, also.

I enjoyed this article by Nicole Unice, which gives some tips for teaching the Bible.  My favorite?  “Passion always reads,” or as John Wesley said, “When your heart is on fire, people love to watch it burn.”  Oh that my heart would always be on fire for the Word of God!

To read more:  How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand

Is your church developing women Bible teachers?  If so – I would love to hear what you are doing!

The Swedish Bible Study Method

Two years ago a friend and I decided to lead a  and we decided we didn’t want to use any curriculum. Just us and our Bibles.  We chose 1 Peter and wanted something to help guide our discussion and add some consistency to our meetings.  We landed on the Swedish Bible Method, a series of Bible study questions I had learned about years. My co-leaders husband was already using it in his Bible study, and was really enjoying it and learning a lot.

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The Swedish Method is a simple way to focus on Scripture either alone or in a group.  The questions are appropriate for anyone at any stage in their faith.

At each meeting, we spent a few minutes catching up with each other.  Then, after prayer, one of us would read the passage we would be discussing aloud.  After that, we spent about 5-7 minutes in. complete. silence. We used this time to each personally reflect on the questions at hand, and record our answers.  I expected this to be an uncomfortable time, but it ended up being sooo relaxing and life giving.  After a hectic day it was sometimes the sweetest part of the evening, those 5 minutes.

We then began discussing our thoughts on the questions.  There are three main questions, each with a symbol.  Here they are from Matthias Media:

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These questions led to some really interesting conversations.  For more information, and for a template of the questions, head on over to The Swedish Method/Matthias Media

 

Collected From Around The Web 9.9.16

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How to Comfort the Grieving: Click the “Like” Button

This is an interesting perspective on using facebook to enter another’s sorrow…

… those who might never talk in person about their grief will sometimes write about it on a blog or Facebook page. They are more comfortable sharing it that way and perhaps more comfortable receiving expressions of caring that way too.

 

5 Steps to Meditating on Your Bible

Not long ago, I asked my pastor about the difference between meditation and prayer, as the two can be hard to distinguish. He replied, “In Scripture, God speaks to us. In prayer, we speak to him. What he says to us prompts what we say to him.”

To meditate, then, is to think deeply about what God has said to us in Scripture and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer. Scripture fuels meditation, and meditation fuels prayer.

But what exactly does meditation look like? The Psalms give at least five steps for meditating on God’s Word. We meditate to focus, understand, remember, worship, and apply.

 

Genesis – Free Course

I just signed up so I haven’t had a chance to look this over, but I am excited to.  It is a free online course on the book of Genesis from Dallas Theological Seminary:

Genesis is taught by Dr. James Allman, DTS professor of Old Testament Studies. We believe that the whole Bible, as Paul says in Timothy, is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”. That’s why we’ve made this course, Genesis, free for the first time.

 

A Framework for Choosing Bible Studies for Your Church

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Planning for women in your church can be daunting.  So many people, so many options.  I have found it really helpful to start with a framework and then, after prayer, plug in appropriate studies.

The church I serve at can usually support several studies just for women, on top of our mentoring ministry and the parachurch that meets in our town.  In looking at what those studies we will offer should be, I try to include several types, which create my framework:

 

  • A foundational study.  This one teaches basic truths.  It can be joined anytime during the semester, and has little or no homework.  It is a great study for someone new to our church, or new to the faith.  I always want one study that is easy to jump into mid-stream for those who start attending church in the middle of a semester, and this is it.
  • A deep Bible study.  This is a more challenging class, with homework.  Often it is video based, a la Beth Moore. This class provides daily homework, which many women love. This one isn’t easy to jump into mid-semester. I prefer if this one actually walks through a book of the Bible.
  • A topical class.  This class is focused on a pertinent topic. I choose these based on what I am hearing a lot about from women in our class.  If a teacher mentions to me that several women in her class are struggling with depression, the next semester we may offer a class that focuses on that.  Other issues we have addressed are dealing with anxiety, suffering, self-discipline, discernment – you get the picture.  These are chosen based on what people are telling me they are seeing in our women, or what women are asking to have addressed.

 

What about you? How do you plan the studies you will offer? What are some of your favorite resources?

Collected From Around The Web 8.29.16

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Teaching The Word

Revive our Hearts featured Jen Wilkin, speaking on teaching the Bible.  I sat in my car in the garage because I didn’t want to get out and miss the end.  Here are Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Summary of the OIA Method

Knowable Word has a good explanation of a Bible study that has been around for ages:

“The wonder of the OIA method is that it allows the text to speak to us, rather than reading our own meaning into the text. The beauty of the OIA method is that it can be taught at seminary and get very, very deep, or it can be taught to the youngest children, enabling them as well to know the Lord in his Word.”  Check out Summary of the OIA Method.