Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Back to Basics - Part 5

Do you read the passage that the pastor is preaching on in preparation for the sermon? And do you read the passage he preached on after the sermon? All I want to do in this mini-sermon is encourage you to do that. It will help you gain a deeper understanding of what the Holy Spirit is wanting to teach you, especially when you do it prayerfully.

We are working through Genesis in the morning and Matthew in the evening and I usually preach around half a chapter to a whole chapter each week, so it shouldn't be too difficult to work out where we shall be in the Bible week by week.

Here are some Bible study questions to help you understand the passage better - slightly revised and hopefully improved.

  • Background questions:
    • Who wrote the book I am reading?
    • Who did he write it to?
    • What did the chapter mean for the people of that time?
    • What does the chapter I am reading teach me about God?
    • How does it point to Christ?
    • What does the chapter I am reading mean for me today? 
  • Questions to help me understand what the chapter means for me today:
    • Is there a command for me to obey?
    • Is there an example for me to follow?
    • Is there an error for me to avoid?
    • Is there a promise for me to claim?
    • Is there a sin for me to forsake?

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