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FLCR ("flicker") Bible Study
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FLCR is pronounced "flicker" and stands for Facts, Lessons, Challenges, and Responses. This is an easy way to remember the 4 steps in Bible study. Also the idea of "flicker" is a reminder that God has placed a small flame of desire to know Him inside of you (known in the Bible as your "first love"). Be careful not to smoother that desire as you learn how to study the Bible. Keep it fun and creative.

Some people think it requires brains to learn how to study the Bible. It doesn't—It requires patience. As you read the 4 steps for studying the Bible, don't require yourself to understand them right away. Just read them, and let them begin to seep in.

Then as you look at the examples, your goal is not to get through the example. Your goal is to look at a part of the example and see if that part makes sense. Then sample another part. Don't rush yourself. You will learn best if you see a portion of an example, have time to digest it, then come back for another exposure. Believe it or not, during the time you are not thinking about the example is when most of the learning takes place.

The only thing required to learn how to study the Bible is patience to not have to understand everything right now and curiosity to keep returning to the examples until enough things make sense that you want to give it a try. As more questions come up, patiently look at additional examples. Give them time to sink in and most of your questions will be answered. If you get stuck, write us, and Denise or I will help you get unstuck. But don't let anyone tell you it takes brains to learn how to study the Bible. All it takes is patience.
F.L.C.R. Bible Study
#1 - [F]acts (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.
#2 - [L]essons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • Write down what you can learn from the verse.
  • Is there an example to follow, an idea to believe, or a comfort to accept?
  • State it as a principle.
#3 - [C]hallenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Take each lesson from Step 2 and turn it into a question.
  • Begin the question with something like, "Am I willing to…"
#4 - [R]esponse (Respond back to God.)
  • Listen to what God might be saying to you through this verse.
  • Write down how you respond to what He is saying.

Example (John 11:35)
In the left column below, I wrote all 4 steps for studying John 11:35, "Jesus wept" (KJV). This is the shortest verse in the Bible. If you want to see how I came up with a particular point in the study, click on the "Explanation." If you want a more complete explanation, click on "More Explanation."
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#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • It is talking about Jesus.
  • It is saying that Jesus wept.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • Jesus has feelings.
  • Jesus knows what it is like to be sad to the point of tears.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • When I pray to God am I willing to approach Him like He has feelings?
  • Do I believe that Jesus knows what it feels like to be sad to the point of tears?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Father, thank you for being someone who can relate to how I feel. Thank you for being vulnerable to let me know that you feel hurt sometimes.

What's Next?
This page has introduced you to FLCR ("flicker") Bible study by studying a single verse. The next page gives some more examples with passages that have a few verses in them.
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