- What are some ways the Bible is unique from any other book?
- Since the Bible is Unique, how does this change the way we read and study Scripture?
- Why did God give us the Scriptures? Try first to answer the question on your own and then read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
- How has the message of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 been true for your life?
- What are some reasons why we actually need to work at understanding the Bible--that it doesn’t always come easily?
- Share an experience (it could be positive or negative) about Bible study requiring hard work. What did you learn from the experience?
- List some of the benefits that come from studying Scripture. Which ones have been especially true for you?
- Share one of your personal goals for working through this book (see p. 14). Explain why this goal is important to you.
- What are the three steps of inductive Bible study, and why is each step important in the study of Scripture?
- Turn in the book to the exercise on Jonah 1 on p. 21 under Your Turn. Go around the group and share your answers to each of the four questions.
Read Jonah 1:1-17 several times. After carefully thinking about what you have read, answer the four questions that follow. If you cannot answer a question, go on to the next one. This exercise is meant to help you gauge your knowledge of Bible study methods. You are not actually studying the passage at this point, but rather explaining how you would study it. Don't be discouraged if you draw a blank. By the end of our journey you should know which questions to ask and when to ask them--as well as what study tools to use to find answers to your questions.
Question 1: What would you do first to study this passage?
Question 2: Having taken that first step, what would be your next steps in studying this passage? List the steps you would go through to come to a clearer understanding of this passage.
Question 3: If you were studying Ephesians 1 instead of Jonah 1 what (if any) differences might you make in your method of study? List those differences.
Question 4: Survey your current ideas about Bible study. In your opinion, what are the most important principles for sound Bible study? Try to list five principles.