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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

BASICS Week 3 - Bible Study - High Voltage Outline April 29, 2007

Sunday night we continued our 7 week study of discipleship called "BASICS Spring Training." Here is Week 3's outline with a weekend wrap up.
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Lesson Topic: BASICS Week 3 - How Do I Study This Thing? (Bible Study)
'Fun Factor': Average
Volunteer Involvement: Above Average
Music: N/A
Student Involvement in Music: N/A
Lesson Quality: Above Average
Length of Lesson: 37 minutes (with video clip)
Student Response: Above Average
Overall Night Rating (scale of 1(not good) to 10(awesome)): 7
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BASICS Spring Training
Week 3 – How Do I Study This Thing?
High Voltage – April 29, 2007 – Jim Clark
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
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This book contains:
God’s character and the reality of His nature.

God’s message of love for all.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18
God’s wisdom for living today.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:10-11
God’s perspective on my life.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Tips for Effective Bible Study:
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:7-8
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
1. Go specific with goals.

2. Go consistent.

3. Go achievable.

4. Go comfortable.

5. Go for it.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25
Action Steps: Realize the need to spend time in God’s Word.

Set reasonable expectations.

Take your study to the next level.

The Bottom Line: If living God’s way is your desire, you can’t do without quality time in His word.

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Questions for discussion:
1. What do you spend most of your time doing aside from school and sleeping? What does this say about your priorities and what's important?
2. Do you feel that studying God's word on a regular and consistent basis would encourage you in your relationship with God and others? Why or why not?
3. How could you go about including regular Bible study in your weekly schedule?

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Overall, it was a good night. The Bible study week is always my favorite whenever I teach on this subject because Bible study is one of those things that connects with me.

Jim

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