1. We began our study of how to observe Scripture with the fish story. How would you describe the central message of that story?
2. When have you been in a similar situation as the student, where you were forced to keep plugging away at a project only to find in the end that you were the better for it?
3. What did you learn from the fish story that you can apply to observing a passage of Scripture?
YOUR TURN: Jonah 1:1-17--The Next Level page 28
4. What are the three stages of observation? Why is each stage an important part of observing a passage or book of the Bible?
5. How could you be practicing the three stages of observation in your own life (perhaps in a situation at work or a relationship)?
YOUR TURN: Philippians 2:1-11 page 33
YOUR TURN: page 37
6. What are the four questions of observation? Name a few of the items covered in each category, then refer to the answers in the text?
7. In observing the who, what, where, and when of Philippians 2:1-11, which question did you find most difficult to answer? Why was it difficult?
8. Having observed the whole, the parts, and the details of Philippians 2:1-11, what did you notice that you had not seen before? What impact does your insight have on future Bible studies? On your relationship with Christ?
9. Chapter 6 begins with the advertisement about "How to Read a Love Letter." What are some reasons why we read a love letter differently than we read the newspaper?
10. In a sense, the Bible is God's love letter to us; through Scripture, God communicates His heart for us. What are some ways you can cultivate in your life this perspective of God speaking to your personally through the Bible?
YOUR TURN: page 41