I’ve been leading a small group Bible study this summer through the book “Women of the Word” by Jen Wilkin. In addition to reading and discussing the book, we’re learning and practicing inductive bible study methods through the book of Jude. I’m publishing my study notes and lesson plans for my own reference, but also to provide ideas for anyone else who is interested in studying or leading a group discussion of the book or Jude. If you find this helpful, please let me know! Some of my discussion questions are taken or adapted from here.
Discuss Chapter One
– Describe the first “turnaround” Jen writes about? (The Bible is a book about God, not me)
-What does she mean when she says “the knowledge of God and the knowledge of self go hand in hand?” (We cannot truly understand who we are – both our sinfulness and our purpose – apart from knowledge of God’s holiness, redemptive work towards us, etc.)
-P. 27 – Application: We must turn around our habit of asking “who am I?” and instead ask “What does this passage teach me about God?” How will this change the way you read and study the Scriptures? How could this change your reading of the book of Jude?
-What was the second “turnaround” she discusses? (Letting our minds lead our hearts to study, not the other way around) How will this change they way you think about and approach studying the Bible?
-Share some of the questions you created and asked as you read through Jude
-Share your summaries of the main ideas in Jude
Introduce Observation Stage of Inductive Bible Study
-Activity: without looking, spend the next 60 seconds describing my mantle decorations, listing as many observations as possible / Discuss
-Observation is different than just “seeing.” Ever heard a sermon on a passage and thought, “how did the teacher see all of that?” They were not just seeing, but using observational techniques and lenses to look at every minute detail.
-“What makes one person a better Bible student than another? She can see more.” (Howard Hendricks, Living By the Book.)
-Observation techniques are like lenses which we put on as we approach Scripture – not changing what is there, but “filters” which help us see different details in the text.
-Doesn’t seek to provide meaning; rather just questions, asks, and notes what you see so that the interpretation is accurate.
-Last week’s assignment was a broad sweep of the big picture of the Book of Jude. This week we will start zooming in on the details and answer who, what, when, where, why, how questions in the text.
Demonstration of assignment
Who: (Vs. 3-4)
-Beloved: Christians, common salvation, saints, being appealed to contend, their Master and Lord is Jesus
-Certain people: crept into church unnoticed, designated beforehand for condemnation, ungodly; pervert grace of God into sensuality; deny Jesus as Lord
-God: possess grace…
-common salvation: what Jude wanted to write about
-faith: what Jude has to write about instead; what he has to urge them to contend for; delivered once for all to the saints; being attacked by these “certain people”