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Bible Study Training

I’ll be honest…

When I came down to South Carolina last year for my first Summer Training Project, I basically had no idea how to study the Bible.

I grew up with Christian parents, I went to church my entire life, and I studied the Bible with my youth group throughout high school.

But when I was alone and I reached for my Bible, I was paralyzed.

Pessimistic thoughts flooded my mind:

“This book is huge.”

“How do I even start this thing? The beginning, right? Or does that matter? Do I just read and read until I get tired, or do I stop at the end of each chapter?”

“What’s the point of the Old Testament if Jesus basically voided out the law anyway?”

“I seriously cannot take another ‘and so-and-so begat so-and-so,’ or read another section on how many ‘cubits’ a tent was. This is boring and pointless.”

“Why do Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all seem to say the same thing? Why didn’t they just condense all the stories that repeat themselves?”

…But I digress.

So these were some of my raw thoughts as I approached the Word of God. I had always felt ashamed to tell people that I didn’t know how to study the Bible – a good Christian girl should know how to do that. It wasn’t until Summer Training Project when someone sat me down and said, “Studying the Bible is incredibly important, so let’s break down how to do that exactly.”

Welcome to Bible Study Training.

Every Wednesday afternoon, we gather together as a Project for Bible Study Training. First, a staff member gives a talk elaborating on some aspect of the Bible. This may be expounding on the fact that the entire Bible, cover to cover, is about Jesus (yes, folks, even before He was born). Another example is clarifying the fact that Bible is ultimate authority and requires that we believe all of it or none of it.

After the talk, we collectively take a look at one of the daily verses on the calendar for that week. Because the book for the summer is Galatians, every Bible Study Training verse we study will be from Galatians.

Although it is certainly not the only way to study the Bible, Campus Outreach has found the inductive method to be very helpful.

The inductive method is comprised of three parts: Observation, Interpretation, and Application.

Let’s break that down.

Observation: What does the verse objectively say? This is where you must check your preferences at the door. Don’t infer what you know, or what you think you know. There are no assumptions during this time. For example, let’s look at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Observations could include: God loved the world; God had a Son whom he gave; belief directly correlates to eternal life.

After observing what the text says, ask questions! Back to the example: Why did God love the world? Who was the Son? Is believing in him the only way to have eternal life? There is no such thing as a dumb question, especially when you really want to dig into the text.

Interpretation: Now is the time to start bringing in what you know from the rest of the Bible. It’s also time to answer as many of your questions as you can. Example: Who was the Son? We can interpret from other verses (John 10:30, Matthew 3:17, and Matthew 17:5 to name a few) that Jesus was the Son of God.

Application: As we read through the Word of God, and the gospel is rooted deeper and deeper within our hearts, our lives should be changing as well. Application is the opportunity to think of a practical way the text can affect our lives on a daily basis. We attempt to have applications that are M.A.T. – Measurable, Attainable, and Timely. Saying, “My application is that I want to be a better person,” is pretty vague and doesn’t require mulling over and internalizing scripture. It would be more helpful to say, referring back the example, “In light of the fact that God loves the world so much that he sent his only son to die for us, I want to do acts of service today for those around me. Not because I will get brownie points with God, but because I am fully loved by him and want to extend that love to others.”

If you have no idea how to study the Bible, you’re certainly not alone. Don’t give up in frustration or embarrassment or whatever is keeping you from the Word of God. Ask someone! Study with a friend! Try the inductive! But do something, because the Bible is God’s gift to us and through it we get to know more about the Son of Man who rescued us.

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seven days fom tuesday is tuesday

During Bible Study Training, Josh Schrock focused on Meditation. He shared on its significance in the Christian walk, that as needy people, Christians need to constantly meditate on Scripture and internalize its truths in order to grow. There was Team Time after that. Most of the teams got their team shirts today and many disciples wore them last night before curfew.

Mike Polley will be leading the final Theme Training today. He will be sharing on "Suffering: Living in Exile."

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Last night, as you already know, Jack Thompson led bible training. His talk was about the "application" of Scripture, and the importance of it. It was an edifying time for all the disciples to remember that if one wants to be transformed by the Gospel, it is essential to believe it. Supper and team time was moved to Okey's church (Pine Drive Gospel) due to rain and some difficulties with getting the project meal on time.

As for today, Mike Polley is in charge of theme night once again. He will be sharing about "Prayer," the power of an exile. Once again, we would appreciate if you can keep Mike Polley and the disciples in your prayers as they study the Word.

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Tonight, Theme Night

Last Night Josh Schrock had the opportunity to lead Bible Training. His topic was Bible Interpretation. Josh shared with us that it is easy to wrongly interpret the Bible when one does not focus on Christ. "We need to confess our sinfulness, and then repent from it." "Look at the context and let's interpret the Bible with the Bible."After Bible Training, it was team time. These times are for the students to have fellowship after a long day of work. Most of the time, teams either play games, share some goodies or just chill and hang-out. Tonight is Theme Night. Mike Polley will be talking about "Discipleship: God's pursuit for exiles." Therefore, we would appreciate if you pray for Mike and the students. -We would encourage you to watch the testimonies. If they do not appear on the window please click on "Older Entries" so you will be able to see the videos from the past weeks-

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Getting ready for Bible Training, Polley and the guys having a good time.

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Josh Schrock at Bible Training.

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the "t" in tuesday is for theme

Elliot Stokes, CO staff for Northwestern College and the leader for the CCP team here, will be giving the theme training today. He will unpack more on what it means for a Christian to be an exile in this world. As mentioned, Garden City Baptist (GCB) has been burned down, so Theme Training will be meeting at the Garden City Chapel (GCC) tonight.For the time being, the people at GCC have graciously offered to let project use their facilities during the week.

During Bible Study Training, Jack Thompson shared that studying the Bible is worship, and that it is a process that takes time and discipline. Disciples also got a chance to walk through 1Peter 3:1-2 together.

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the "n" in monday is for new content

Lets kickoff another new week with an update! Most of the disciples are working now, with a few left still searching for jobs. Monday, disciples will be eating some pizza for Project Dinner, followed by Bible Study Training and Team Time. Make sure to check out some of the <new content> that have been put up over the last few days, including a new video and student testimonies by <Peter Sontag> and <Roseline Tsopfack>.

Also, listen to some of the great sessions we've had so far by <downloading them from itunes>.

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