A Practical Workshop

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Opening: Personal Story/Something Funny
 

Learning to hear God's voice is crucial if you desire to grow in your walk with Jesus. Oftentimes, new believers are overwhelmed with the vastness of God's Word, and aren't sure where to begin. Some read through the Bible cover to cover. Others use devotional books to guide them. Some open their Bible randomnly and beginning reading. Some never read their Bible at all because they don't get anything from it. But what if you could learn a simple Bible study method that would make God's Word come to life?

Audience Participation: Have 2 people share what they do for their devotional times. (Woman/Man)

In Hebrews 5:11-14 Paul talks about two kinds of believers: those who live on milk, and those who eat solid food. This analogy is clearly a contrast of spiritual babies vs. the mature. In fact Paul says, "Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." In other words, those who chew on God's word continuosly have much greater discernment than others around them. This being true, it is crucial that we teach spiritual babies how to feed themselves so they can grow.

You've heard the saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you can feed him for a lifetime." In this seminar, David teaches the saints how to feed themselves by hearing God's voice virtually everytime they open His Word.

Believe it or not, there are a variety of methods that scholors and Bible teachers suggest to study God's word. I myself have a Biblical Studies degree and was trained by several ministries as well. 

 

There is however, one method they teach, which I adopted personally and found to be extremely quick and efficient for learning God's word and discovering His voice. It's called: Word Studies. In fact, later in this seminar, I'm going to show you how to ask God almost any question, and get an answer from His Word.

Rules vs. Relationship: (Seminar content is online for all who have been through the seminar.)

Before we get started I want to make this point extremely clear. The purpose of studying God's word is not to gain knowledge. It is however to learn truth, so that we can apply it to our lives, so that we can grow closer to the heart of God. The purpose of learning God's word is so we can obey it. Obedience knits our lives and hearts closer to God in relationship. 

My pastor, Henry Seeley once said, "The bible is not a list of rules and regulations, it's a pathway to God's prescence, and in His prescence there is peace." Explain rules vs. relationship.

This is in fact, why I teach this method of Bible study. I believe it is the most personal method of study for connecting with God. In fact, in the second half of the seminar I'm going to show you how to ask God virtually any question and how to get an answer for yourself from His Word.

WORD STUDIES

 

Introduction

1. Open your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone to www.biblegateway.com (Endorsement? Funding for marketing?)

2. Discuss the page with them. 

3. Discuss the search bar.

4. Discuss the translations tab. Open the tab and explain all the translations.

5. Discuss the verse of the day and email subscription.

How to Search

1. Explain "The Rule of First and Second Mentions."

First and second mentions by God and Jesus.

Also Old Testament and New Testament.

This will give us four passages to study and by the time we have studied these four passages, we will have a fairly good idea of what God has to say on any given subject. 

2. Since our goal is to learn to hear God's voice, this is the subject we are going to study today.

When you want to study a concept in God's word, the best way to begin is to take that concept and all synonymns of that concept and study all of them. You certainly don't have to study this way every time, however if you want the most comprehensive understanding on any topic, this is how you would approach it.

For example: Our goal is to learn to hear God's voice therefore, we are going to study God's voice and how He communicated with people in scripture. Therefore we would take the word voice and study:

A. Voice

B. Breath

C. Tongue

D. Word/Words

E. Said, etc.

Since we are limited on time today, we are going to use the rule of first and second mentions and study God's voice this way.

So we would ask ourselves, "When is the first and second time God spoke in scripture and what did He say?"

Since I've already researched the concept I know that they way we are going to discover the answer is by going to the search bar and typing in the word, 'said.'

2. In the translation bar scroll down until you find New American Standard. (NASB)

They are in alphabetical order.

3. Hit the enter tab. Notice the results. It should say "3637 Bible results for 'said'."

4. Now look to the right and you'll see a list. Old Testament/New Testament.

5. These are all the verses in scripture that use the word, 'said.' Obviously, not all of them are God talking, but some of them are. 

6. Now, it times to study and learn thre first two things God said and see what we can learn.

7. Here's the Key: When you come to God's word you should always

come with a question or two in mind such as: 

A. What are the first two things God said, and why is this important?

First Mention: God Speaking - Genesis 1:3

1. Scroll down to Genesis 1:3 and underneath it click the word below it that says: "Full Chapter."

(Explain in context vs Whole Chapter)

When you click on it t​he entire chapter of Genesis will come up.

We're not going to read the entire chapter just verses 1-3 so that we can get the context.

(Explain the importance of context.)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

2. Now it's time to dig into the verse and learn what this passage says about God and His voice.

3. I you're at home, I suggest you print the passage with a printer so you can take notes on it. Since we are here, I have provided a copy in your workbook. 

4. Who/What/When/Why/Where? (Have a overhead projector and transparencies of passage.)

Who is speaking? God

What does He say? Let there be light.

When did He say this? At the beginning of creation.

Why do you suppose He said this?

Where does He want light to cover?

5. Why do you suppose it's important to know the very first thing God ever spoke?

6. Questions?

Second Mention: God Speaking - Genesis 1:6

1. Let do another passage. 2 Peter 1:19-21 New International Version (NIV)

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”

2. Who/What/When/Why/Where?

Who is speaking? God

What does He say? 

What is the 'vault?'

When did He say this?

Why do you suppose He said this?

Where is the vault?

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

3. Questions?

First Mention: Jesus Speaking - Matthew 3:15

1. Since I have already done the research I know that the first time Jesus spoke in the New Testament was recorded in Matthew 3:15. The word used is "replied." As in "Jesus, replied." Type Jesus replied into the search bar. Make sure the translations are NIV.

 

Look at  and underneath it click the word below it that says: "Full Chapter."

(Explain again why we did this.)

Explain the context.

2. Read verses 

We're not going to read the entire chapter just verses 13-17 so that we can get the context.

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

2. Now it's time to dig into the verse and learn what this passage says about Jesus and His voice.

3. Again, I suggest you print the passage with a printer so you can take notes on it. I have provided a copy in your workbook. 

4. Who/What/When/Why/Where? (Have a overhead projector and transparencies of passage.)

Who is speaking? John and Jesus

What do each of them say?

When was this conversation? 

Why do you suppose Jesus said this?

Where is this event occuring?

Are there any other observations that might be important?

Yes, this is also the first time God speaks in the New Testament.

What does God say?

5. Why do you suppose this is important?

6. Questions?

 

 

 

 

 

Remaining Passages

1. Discuss how this study could go on and on for hours depedning upon how many questions they have.

2. Prep them for "Ask God a Question: Get an Answer"

[Take a 10 Minute Bathroom Rest]

Practical Steps: Obseravtion/Interpretation/Application

Explain the 10 steps and show them that we just did them.

Observation

1. Select a topic.

2. Seach the scriptures.

3. Read all the passages.

4. Print the ones that really speak to you.

5. Mark up the page with: Who/What/When/Why/Where?

6. Write down a couple of your greatest observations.

Interpretation

7. Intepretation - Am I accurately understanding what this passage is saying?

Explain Filters and how they influence our interpretations.

8. Accurate Interpretaion - Comparing Scripture with Scripture.

Application

9. Application? Write down how you are going to apply what you learned.

10. Pick at least one verse that spoke to you most and memorizie it.

Ask God a Question: Get an Answer

1. Now that we have laid the foundation for how to do Word Studies, we can apply what we have learned and make it more personal. There is where it get's fun.

2. When I need a 'word from the God' on any subject, I first come to Him with a question. It could be any kind of question from life, health, finances, relationships, etc.

3. Ask the audience to provide some questions.

4. List 2-3 questions. Pick one. Example: What does God say about...?

5. Do a word study as a group together. 

6. Walk them through 2-3 verses on the subject.

7. Any questions?

Discuss Group Application:

8. I would like a couple people to share what you learned today and how it will it benefit you in your walk with Jesus.

All of this content is copywritten © by David River and it may NOT be used/stolen/echoed/or duplicated in any form or fashion by others for the purpose of personal benefit or income. This is one of many methods David plans on usuing to make an income and therefore it is exclusively his right and domain. © 2019 by David River