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FLCR Bible Reading

More on Facts
Sometimes this 1st step of Bible study can be confusing. It can feel wooden to just restate Facts from the verse without making anything out of them. How can this kind of restatement be helpful?

If you have tried to do Bible study on your own, you know that it is challenging and sometimes can get tricky. Often this is because you are trying to do everything at once. Breaking it down into 4 steps simplifies it so each step feels more possible.

Your objective in surfacing the Facts is to break the passage into pieces and say what is in each piece. Even if you don't understand what a verse means, if you break the verse down into phrases and say what you see in the phrase, the pieces will start to form a picture after a while.

Reciting the Facts in a passage accomplishes two things: it helps you connect with the details of the passage and it gives you a path for exploring passages that are difficult to understand.

In fact, as you approach a passage, it is better to withhold judgement about whether you understand it or not. Because, if a passage is familiar and you decide you understand it, you will lock into that understanding and will miss all the rest that is in the passage. On the other hand, if you decide you don't understand the passage it is easy to start believing you can't understand it and stop trying. In both cases you shutdown and stop seeing what God has for you in the verse.

As you practice surfacing the Facts pretend you are a detective and you are solving the puzzle in the verse. Don't assume anything, just start writing down what you see as if they were clues to the meaning of the verse.

By breaking the verse into pieces and just observing what can be said about each piece, you start training yourself to study any verse in the Bible, no matter how difficult it is. Since you don't have to have the answer right up front, you to keep looking and keep seeing things until the puzzle starts making sense.
#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • Write down what you see in the verse.
  • Use short phrases.
  • It is OK to use same words as are in the verse.
  • Don't decide you understand the passage.
  • And don't decide you don't understand the passage.
  • Withhold judgement about that.
  • When you read something that you can't make any sense of, look at small parts of it and write down what you can say about the smaller part.
  • Learn to see and write down even when you can't understand what it means.

Example (Philippians 2:4)
It is often helpful to consult more than one Bible translation when studying the Bible. In this example, I am showing screen shots from WAVE Parallel Bible of the same verse in two different translations. When all Bibles were physical books, it was impractical to carry around more than one Bible translation. But that barrier has been removed with electronic Bibles.

Whenever you see a word with square brackets [] around it like the word "[merely]" in the NASB below, that means the translators added the word to help the sentence read smoother in English. Notice the KJV on the left does not use the word "merely" and it takes a little more effort to identify the sense of the verse. People used to fight about which translation was the most accurate and reliable (partially because they could only carry one translation with them and they wanted to make sure it was the best). But now with translations and Greek so easily available to compare, you are able to benefit from the contributions of several translations. The KJV, on the left, is closest to the exact wording of the original language and the NASB, to the right of it, has made a small change to help the sentence read easier in English. By consulting both of them, you get the best of both worlds and a more complete understanding of what the original language intends.
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King James Version (KJV)
(screenshot from
WAVE Parallel Bible)

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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
(screenshot from
WAVE Parallel Bible)

#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • He is talking about my things, my own personal interests.
  • He is also talking about the things or interests of others.
  • He is talking about what I should give attention to.
  • He is saying I should not just be concerned about my things, I should also look out for the things of others.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • I should not be just be focused on what I need. I should also look out for what other people need.
  • I am not an island. God created us to watch out for and help one another as needs arise.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Am I willing to take the time to listen to the needs of others (neighbors, small group members, etc.) and help out when I can?
  • As much as I want to be successful myself, am I willing to divert some of that effort to help others be successful?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Father, I see that You don't want my focus to be just on myself. Help me remember how You have made us to help each other. Today I am going to watch for the opportunity to help someone else.

Example (Mark 6:1-4)
Sometimes it makes more sense to group two or more verses together and study them as a group. Can you use the same FLCR Bible Study steps to study longer passages? Yes, indeed! Only now, when you break the passage down, the pieces are larger. Notice in the Facts I've surfaced from the passage, I'm not breaking the verse down into two or three word phrases. Rather, I'm standing back and looking for the main pieces in the story. These are still Facts, they are just larger. This is the way you study any length passage—break down the passage into pieces and write down what Facts you see in each piece.

Another interesting thing to notice about this passage, is that one of the Lessons is explicitly stated in the form of a principle right in verse 4. When this happens, go ahead and write down that Lesson with the wording in the verse. But don't think that is the only thing you can learn from the passage. The Bible is rich and provides a wealth of help. Look at a passage like this from a few points of view and you will probably find other things to learn.
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King James Version (KJV)
(screenshot from
WAVE Parallel Bible)

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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
(screenshot from
WAVE Parallel Bible)

#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • Jesus came to his own hometown.
  • Jesus began to teach in the synagogue.
  • People were surprised He was so wise and could do such miracles.
  • They took offense because they remembered the way He was when He was growing up with his brothers and sisters. For some reason, they did not want Him to be different than they remembered Him.
  • A prophet has honor many places. But a prophet does not have honor in his hometown, with his relatives and childhood friends.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • No matter how much honor you receive from most people, you will never receive it from your hometown family and friends.
  • Since relatives do not normally show you the respect / honor that most people do, they are the hardest people to minister to.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Do I think that my relatives and friends should show me more honor than Jesus' relatives and friends showed Him?
  • Even though relatives and friends are the hardest to minister to, am I willing to make limited attempts to minister to them anyway?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Thank you, Father, for revealing to me that even You had trouble ministering to hometown family and friends. It is really disorienting when they treat me with such little honor. As you say, the servant is not greater than the master. So, when they dishonor me, I will just figure I am in good company.
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