Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to give her testimony about her time with God, and I will go over the assignment which is the 10th example of 4-Step Bible study. Here's Denise.
(You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.)
When I [D] was saved, I developed a very simple time with God using a small devotional pamphlet that I enjoyed and my walk with God was going along nicely.
Then after a few years I found myself in a complex course in Methodical Bible Study as part of my undergraduate work. Unfortunately, it was not a very good course and by the end of it I wound up hating Bible study.
After the course, I found myself in no man's land. I did not like the new Bible study methods, but did not feel I could go back to my small devotional pamphlet since I knew all the new methods. So I did nothing for several years.
Then I came across 1 Peter 2:2,
1 Peter 2:2 Like a newborn baby, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,... (NIV)
This verse challenged my life. I had just delivered our first child and I did not want to be the kind of mother that just went to church on Sunday but never opened her Bible at home. This verse said I had a Desire for Bible study that was just as natural as a baby's Desire for milk. I remembered having that Desire when I first came to Christ. So I set out to resurface the Desire God gave me to be with Him.
For a few months I would stop for about 5 minutes each day and ponder the same questions we went over in WAVE101 Lesson 11. Eventually I felt my Desire beginning to surface.
Then I wanted to design a time with God that would feed my Desire without overwhelming it. What intrigued me was to learn what God is like. So, I decided to start reading in Genesis and read through the Bible noticing what God did, what He valued, what He enjoyed, and what concerned Him. Sometimes I would read 1 or 2 verses and find something about Him. Other times I would need to read many verses. But I found this approach appealed to me and did not overwhelm my Desire.
At this point in my life, I decided my Desire could support three sessions per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Noon time was the best time for me. That was when I put my daughter down to sleep and I had the right kind of energy.
I kept my time with God at three sessions per week for 20 years while we raised our four children. During that time my time with God grew from 15 to 30 minutes, then to 60 minutes, then to 90 minutes per session. It is amazing what you can accomplish three times per week if you keep showing up. When my last child left for college, my Desire had grown to the point that I was more than ready to go to seven sessions per week. Now, if I miss a session it feels like I have missed a nourishing meal and I will try and fit it in some way.
Something else has happened over the years. When I first started, my Desire was easily shaken so the choice of time was very important. It needed to be in a good time. Now, my Desire has developed so that I can have an effective time with God in a range of time slots. But most of the time I still keep it in my ideal time of day.
It truly is amazing how your relationship with God can grow just dedicating a few days a week to meet with Him. Your understanding of who He is, how He leads and what He cares about all come into clearer focus. Dedicating three days a week for 20 years transformed my life. It was a modest investment for such a big payoff.
Skill Time: 4-Step Bible Study(Example 10)
We are going to go over the 10th example of 4-Step Bible study in this session. If you haven't had a chance to look at the assignment, I've included it below so you can give it a shot.
Galatians 3:6 Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Galatians 3:7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
Galatians 3:8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, [saying,] "ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU."
Galatians 3:9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
Galatians 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as [referring] to many, but [rather] to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
This is the last lesson in WAVE102. The next lesson is the first lesson in WAVE103 which covers chapters 5 & 6 of the textbook. In that lesson, Denise will explain how Family Of Origin experiences effect your study of the Bible, and I'll talk about Transformation by Imitation. See you there.
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Skill Time: Bible Passage (Your list can be different and shorter. More are presented here to help you get the idea.)
Abraham believed God and he was made righteous because of it
People of faith are sons of Abraham
The gospel was preached to Abraham
The gospel was preached when Abraham was told, "All the nations will be blessed in you."
If you believe God you're blessed
The promises were given to Abraham and to his seed
His seed refers to Christ
If you belong to Christ you are a descendent of Abraham
Faith brings blessings
We are heirs of the promises given to Abraham
Am I leading my life by faith first?
Do I claim the promise (of being a blessing) given to Abraham?
Father, I pray that You would help me lead my life by faith. Help me not be distracted but
have my eyes clearly on You. Then I pray that You would truly make me a blessing to those