Discuss chapter 10 and Conclusion
Chapter 10 – Help for Teachers
1. Why is it important that women are taught by women, instead of just being taught by men? (Example of women teachers who are passionate and intelligent about the Bible; feminine perspective and illustrations that get to a woman’s heart; authority “I understand the besetting sins and fears of womanhood, and I commend to you the sufficient counsel of Scripture.” )
2. All women have opportunities to teach the Bible, whether formal or informal. How could the principles in this chapter apply to you and the “teaching moments” God gives you in your current state? (teach according to own lack of understanding = ask questions that your students will ask; honor the learning process by not just spewing out an answer for every question, but helping students to think biblically and critically for themselves first; ask difficult questions and don’t let them go until have a sufficient answer; see the text through the eyes of my students.)
Conclusion: Seek My Face
1. What is the end goal of faithful, process-driven, intentional Bible study? (Beholding God in all His glory, so that our love for Him increases, and so that in beholding and studying Him, we become more like Him , as dearly loved children imitating our Father!)
Discuss Jude interpretation, paraphrasing, and consultation
“Application begins with belief, which then results in doing. It takes place as you are confronted with the truth and respond to it in obedience, and the glorious end result is transformation.” (Arthur, p. 123)
Interpretation without application is like the Pharisees, who had mastered the Old Testament, but had not allowed it to master them! It was all based on facts, didn’t lead to a personal response. (Hendricks)
Interpretation is one; applications are many. The same truth addresses a variety of circumstances and people, so it will be lived out in different ways.
(On white board for reference)
What does this passage teach me about God?
How does this aspect of God’s character change my view of self?
What should I do in response?
Example to follow
Sin to avoid
Promise to claim
Prayer to repeat
Command to obey
Condition to meet (If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask and it will be done for you)
Error to mark
Demonstration: Verse 1
Truth about God: Jesus is a worthy Master and Lord…even His earthly brothers were subject to His authority, calling, and were His slaves. He is completely other than just a mere man, and worthy of service in such a way.
Changed view of self: Like Jude and James, my life has been transformed by Jesus. I am no longer my own, He is the Lord over EVERY area of my life, and as such my whole heart and lifestyle should be one of a grateful slave who has been mercifully rescued and bought and saved for a purpose: that of glorifying God.
Response: Lord, show me if there are any areas of my life that I’m not acting and living as your bondservant and slave. Show me if I am not being a faithful steward of the gifts, time, possessions, etc. that you have given me. Show me if I’m rebelling against your authority in some way.
Application group activity
In groups of three, work on application for the following sections of verses:
1-4, 5-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25
1. What one thing will you take away from this study and apply to your devotional life?