Session 5! I just want to take a moment to encourage you all. This week of personal study was one of the more challenging, and I loved getting to see you help each other wrestle through some of the questions and learn from each other. It is such an encouragement to see community at work as we learn together what it means to apply God’s Word appropriately, responsibly, permanently, and prayerfully. When we understand how to do that, we can truly see how the Bible is for us and for now. Thank you for continuing to study with us. Almost to the end!
Here’s how this will work (This is the same every week, so feel free to skip this part if you’ve got it down already.): Each week, you’ll come here and watch the video with Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams. They invite you into study with them and offer new insight into God’s Word. Each video will last about 10 minutes (give or take a few). Once you watch the video, we have some questions for you to answer in your group or in the comments section of the post or on our Open Your Bible Facebook group (or all three!). We want this to be available to those who are studying together and those going solo. Some of the questions ask you to get to know your fellow Bible study participants and we hope the interactions you have will be both challenging and encouraging. Each week at the end of the video, Raechel and Amanda will let you know the homework assignment for the next week. You can do the homework in the Open Your Bible study book. We highly recommend you getting a copy for this study, since that is where most of the studying will take place! You can get a copy at your local LifeWay Store or by clicking here (international friends, click here for options for international shipping). That’s it! The study will be seven weeks long (including this little introduction week).
If you can’t participate right now, or if you miss a week, don’t worry. We will leave these posts up for you to do when you’re ready! You can find all the older ones using our Online Bible Studies tab at the top of the blog. Just click on it and then the Open Your Bible study.
A note about the Bible study videos: Open Your Bible has optional video downloads available for purchase online (for group or individual use). These videos are not the same as the free videos available here on the blog. The videos for purchase are more like teaching videos and dive deeper into the topic of each session. They are the videos that go with the group time in the Bible study book. We recommend them if you want to dive deeper into Raechel and Amanda’s teaching on Scripture.
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Now for Session 5!
Questions to answer in the comments:
1. What words do you think of when you hear the term “apply”? What positive or negative emotions does the word bring up for you?
2. What are some of your favorite ways to memorize Scripture?
3. What type of ground do you think best represents your relationship with God’s Word? Maybe you relate with more than one type of soil. Why do you think it is this way?
4. Early bird or Night owl?
This week, complete Week 5: Abide in Truth in the Bible study book and we’ll meet back here next week to discuss!