How Does a Person Use these Studies?
These Bible studies are designed with group interaction in mind. We would like to help people explore the depths of God’s Word by using questions that focus on the text. There are three kinds of questions used in the studies:
1) Observation Questions. These questions ask, “What does the passage say?”
2) Interpretation Questions. What did the writer intend for us to understand from what has been written?
3) Application Questions. How should we live out these words today in the 21st century? How do we apply them to our lives?
Some of the studies that you find on this website are just composed of questions (inductive studies), while others are written to also answer some of the questions, i.e. the Book of John and the Book of Luke Bible studies and the topical studies. These studies are written for groups but also for the person who has no group, but yet would still like to understand the Gospel of John and Luke by reading the commentary and think on the questions.
To open any of the bible studies here, simply click on the link. A new window will open and the Microsoft Word document or .pdf file will open and be available for online viewing or printing.
An Introduction to Group Bible Study
We at groupbiblestudy.com are concerned today with the lack of teaching in the Church of Jesus Christ about the person and work of the Lord Jesus. These studies are our attempt to focus people on Christ’s life and teaching, a greatly needed topic today as much as it was in the days when the New Testament was being written. We have personally taught each of these studies in a Small Group setting as well as an event where people have been sat around tables of eight.
In the Book of Nehemiah, we read that the Levites of the time “read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read” (Nehemiah 8:8). This is our passion; that you, either as an individual or in a group setting, can study the scriptures and that you may understand what is being read. We also notice that when Jesus was only twelve years old he was discussing with the religious leaders at the Temple, “listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:46-47). We think that Jesus’ model of asking questions about the scriptures is a wonderful way to promote good discussion and spiritual growth amongst a group of friends. Paul the apostle also followed this model when the scriptures say he “had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19:9-10). Look at the effect upon a large territory as a result of discussing scripture as the Word of God is taught? I am convinced that Christ like character will be the fruit of understanding the scriptures, discussing them, and putting them into practice.
Serving Him, Pastor Keith Thomas