Date: December 11, 2016
Session 2: Gods’ Word Fills My Heart
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Say: There could be times when following instructions is not necessarily the best course of action.
Then share this news item:
A driver in Massachusetts drove her car partway up a utility pole in Vermont. She was following the driving directions from her GPS when the accident happened. She had driven past her destination in Mendon, Vt., when the GPS directed her to turn around. WMUR News said, “She reportedly followed that instruction too aggressively, speeding off the road while turning and climbing part-way up a set of wires attached to a utility pole.” No one was injured in the accident.
Then read Question #1 (Are you more likely to “wing it” or follow instructions?) (PSG, p. 26) and invite volunteers to respond to the question.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
— Donna McKinney wrote this Leader Extra. Donna is retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in North Carolina.
Study the Bible
If you claim allegiance to a group or team, that claim demands evidence: wearing symbols or colors, supporting its causes, a base knowledge of facts and often, a zeal for your belonging. Last May, a reporter for a popular news outlet quizzed Americans on their knowledge of Memorial Day, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and other wars.
Note: In advance, print off or save the following link. We suggest reading aloud the transcript to your group for the best use of time and maintaining focus. Afterwards, discuss the interviews with your group using the discussion questions below. Have more than 10 group members? Consider placing them into subgroups of 3-4 members each for this activity.
- Why are these answers both humorous and mildly embarrassing?
- While this knowledge has no bearing on citizenship, why is basic knowledge of American history considered important for us?
- How does your Bible knowledge compare with your knowledge of other subjects?
- What fills your heart and mind that most competes with space for the Word to fill?
- What must occur in the Christian’s heart and mind to desire making gaps for and then filling them with the word of God?
Emily Jennings is wife to Brian, mother to three wonderful boys, a writer, amateur runner and loves to cook. Her family lives and ministers in Woodstock, GA.
Extra Option // Bible Studies for Life: Adult KJV
The Adult KJV Leader Guide (p. 31) suggests using a Bible verse set to music to help the group learn a verse together. Or you might ask a musically inclined member to compose a simple tune for Psalm 119:11 to make it easier for the group to memorize.
Here’s an option we’ve found: Psalm 119
- In what ways did you lack discipline in younger years?
- How does a person become more disciplined in life?
- When it comes to building something new are you more likely to “wing it” or use a manual?
- What are some of the new year’s resolutions or goals you are considering?
- What are some words that described you as a younger person?
- What are some specific ways God’s Word enables us to “keep our way pure?”
- What is the message we are giving our heart when we take time to memorize God’s Word? What is the message we are giving our heart when we do not?
- What is the relationship between discipline and purity?
- What are you doing to store up God’s Word in your heart?
- What are specific ways we can treasure God’s Word in our hearts?
- Regarding verse 9, why do you think the psalmist asks a question, as opposed to giving a command?
- Practically speaking, how does someone “store up” God’s word? What does this look and feel like in your own experience?
- How would you describe your experiences with memorizing Scripture?
- What obstacles prevent us from seeking God with our whole hearts?
- In what ways should our devotion to God show up in our words?
- Are you teachable? How do you know?
- What best helps you understand what God is saying to you in His Word?
- Actions really do speak louder than words. How can you use your witness for God to back up your worship of God?
- How is worshiping God connected to obeying His commands?
- What are some practical strategies that have helped you engage God’s Word?
- How can we better connect prayer and praise with the reading of God’s Word?
- What would it look like for a Christian to be living in spiritual poverty?
- What are some practical ways we can intensely concentrate on Scripture?
- How would you define biblical meditation?
- What things have a tendency to distract you from God’s Word?
- When has the taste or smell of something made you wish you had more of it?
- When have you been genuinely thrilled or excited by the Bible?
- What parts of the Bible do you “delight” in?
- What stories or passages from the Bible excite you?
- What are your favorite passages from the Bible and why do you love them?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: Spoken, Session 2