Bible Study

I recently taught a lesson on quiet time and study tips.  I am posting my worksheet on this topic.  Please feel free to check it out. 

Quiet Time Tips
Devotion books
o   In Touch magazine- Charles Stanley
o   31 Days of Praise- Ruth Myers
o   Utmost for His Highest- Oswald Chambers
o   Praying the Scriptures for your Children-  Jodie Berndt
o   Calling Jesus- Sarah Young

1.      Journaling prayers

2.      Index cards for praying

3.      Scripture reading in prayer time

 Small Group Time:
·         When and where do you have your quiet time?
·         What books or journals do you use?
·         Other ideas to share…

Study Tips
How I use the Life Map
3/13/11                        Knowing God

Judges 2:10 “There arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.”

M- A generation of Israelites who had seen the work of the Lord was dying off and a new generation was rising up.  This generation didn’t know the work of the Lord as well and easily turned to other gods.

A- It is very important to remember and point my kids to God’s work so that they can recognize and see Him as real.  I do not want them to be the next of my generational line to turn to other gods and not know the Lord.

P- Dear God:  Keep me focused on you and telling of your mighty deeds and acts to my boys.  Soften their hearts and let them know that you are God. Amen

4/19/11                        Prayer and Fasting

Matthew 17:20 “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.”

M- Jesus is telling the disciples why they couldn’t cure the demon possessed son.  He also says that this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

A- I am convicted because I do not fast at all and I am not spending enough time in prayer.  For my prayers to be heard, I know I need to get myself right with God.  I can’t just sit with Him once or twice a week.

P- Dear God:  Help me to be more mindful of my prayer time.  Show me where you want me to submit to you.  Help me to pray for things that are in your will.  Amen

6/26/11                        Strength and Joy

1 Chronicles 16:27 “Splendor and majesty are before Him.  Strength and joy are in His place.”

M- These are attributes of God that the Levites are using to sing a song of praise to God.

A- I need a little strength and joy- my tank is feeling pretty low.  On my own strength and power, I feel like I have nothing left.  Only through Christ can I feel ok to go on.  I need to ask God to supply me strength to make it through this week.

P- Dear God:  Help me to not have a low tank of energy.  Give me an extra boost of joy and strength to make it this week.  Only through you and your power will I survive.  Keep reminding me to rely on you.  Amen

 Your Turn:      Read Mark 4:1-20
     Highlight scripture that speaks to your heart.
     Pick one verse that spoke to you and write it out at the top of the page.
     MAP your verse:  M- what is the passage’s message?, A- what is the application from the passage to your life?, P- write out a prayer to God.
     Give your MAP a title and date it.  Mark in your Bible where you stopped reading by recording the date.

Application to Scripture
Before you start:
      Pray:  Ask God to help you understand the passage you are reading.(Eph. 1:17, James 1:5)
As you read:
      Highlight key words or phrases that stand out.
      Ask yourself application questions based on the passage, key words or phrases.
      Be patient.  God wants you to know Him- He will answer your heart’s desire. (Jer. 29:13)
Use a commentary to dive deeper into the passage.

 Mark 6:7-13
  1. Jesus calls you and sends you out. (Mark 6:7)
  2. He will give you the appropriate authority to do what He is calling you to do.  (Mark 6:7)
  3. Take nothing with you but God’s power.  (Mark 6:8-9)
  4. When you go in God’s power, you will have success and rejection.  (Mark 6:11)
Mark 6:30-44

  1. Jesus wants to give His disciples rest and nourishment.  Do that in quiet times with God.  (Mark 6:30-32)
  2. Jesus has compassion on the lost so I need to.  Sometimes my quiet time with God will be interrupted to serve Him.  (Mark 6:33-34)
  3. Sometimes God has us to solve a problem, already knowing we will see it as impossible.  When we give God what we have to serve, He will take it and multiply it.  (Mark 6:37-44)  He can often use our willing offering to satisfy other people.
Your Turn:
      Read Mark 6:45-56.  Jot down notes and thoughts as you read the passage.
      As a group, write 1 or 2 ways that you can apply parts of this story to your life. 
      Be ready to share 1 with the large group.

Using Commentaries and Concordances
      Mark 11:11-14, 20-26
     Warren Wiersbe Bible Commentary

      Mark 12:35-40
     Delight (v. 37):  What does it mean?
     #2452 in Greek:  hēdeōs which comes from root word, hēdonē. 
     Meaning:  pleasure, desire, enjoyment, usually with a negative sense.

Devotion Time:  Lately I have been reading Ezra in the Old Testament during my quiet time.  I have been slowly making my way through the OT by starting at Joshua (I skipped 1 & 2 Chronicles since they are very similar to 1 & 2 Samuel).  God has been really speaking to me about how I approach Him- getting myself ready to hear from God. 

In Ezra 3, the first thing the men started to rebuild in the temple was the altar for burnt offerings.  This altar was located outside the temple- it would have been the first thing the priests did before they entered the temple to perform their other duties.  This is also the place where the Israelites would have bought their sin offerings to present to God to atone for their sins.  I think it is so cool that Ezra and his group of rebuilders knew that they needed to start with the burnt offering altar first before attempting to make anything right in God's eyes. 

In Ezra 6, the Israelites were ready to consecrate and dedicate the temple.  This included a celebration of the Passover Feast.  Most of these people had been in exile in Babylon for 70 years so many might have been celebrating Passover for the first time- definitely for the first time in Jerusalem.  In Ezra 6:21 it says "So the Israelites who had returned from the exile ate it, together with all who had separated themselves from the unclean practices of the Gentile neighbors in order to seek the Lord, the God of Israel".  So they "separated themselves from the unclean practices of the Gentile neighbors in order to seek God"- they didn't separate themselves from the Gentile neighbors, just their unclean practices.  Having unclean practices is another way to clog up the communication line between you and God.  One question I asked myself was "What unclean practices do I need to separate myself from?"  I made a list and glory to God, some of my practices I am seeing victory over while some are still a struggle.  Thanks be to God that He will not leave you where you are- that He is interested in moving you forward in your walk with Him as long as you are also willing to walk.

Books or Bible Studies that I am reading:

  • I am currently studying "Nehemiah- A Heart that can Break" by Kelly Minter with a sweet group of women- Beth, Lynne and Mindy.
Lifeway: Promo

  • I am also reading "The Story" which is being hosted as a book club at my friend Angela's house.

Max Lucado book

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