Women’s Bible Study Fall 2022
Meeting the 1st & 3rd Friday night of the month from 7pm-9pm at the church
Below you will find the schedule for the fall along with what you need to have read and studied before the meeting.
9/2– Read through Philippians at least once and write down the context
– 1. Who wrote it? 2. When was it written? 3. To whom was it written? 4. In what style was it written? 5. Why was it written?
9/16– Read through Philippians again and write down a rough outline for the whole book.
10/7– Read Philippians 1:1-26 going through the process of comprehension, interpretation, and application – use some of the tips/tools mentioned in the overview.
10/21– Read Philippians 1:27-2:11 going through the process of comprehension, interpretation, and application – use some of the tips/tools mentioned in the overview.
11/4– Read Philippians 2:12- 2:30 going through the process of comprehension, interpretation, and application – use some of the tips/tools mentioned in the overview.
11/18 Read Philippians 3:1-16 going through the process of comprehension, interpretation, and application – use some of the tips/tools mentioned in the overview.
12/2 Read Philippians 3:17-4:9 going through the process of comprehension, interpretation, and application – use some of the tips/tools mentioned in the overview.
12/16 Read Philippians 4:10-4:23 going through the process of comprehension, interpretation, and application – use some of the tips/tools mentioned in the overview. What’s our big take away of Philippians?
Women of the Word- How to Study the Bible With Both Our Hearts and Our Minds Overview
1. One of the biggest points that she drives home in this book is that we need to Let the Bible Speak of God.
– Don’t read the Bible thinking what can I get out of this, but what does God have to say? What can I learn about God?
2. Let the Mind Transform the Heart– we can’t let our emotions drive our study and what we learn from it. She says “ If we want to feel a deeper love for God, we must learn to see him more clearly for who he is. If we want to feel deeply about God, we must learn to think deeply about God”.
3. A well-rounded approach to Bible study…..
- challenged us to navigate all areas of the Bible, even those that make us uncomfortable or that are difficult
- Takes into account how any given passage fits into the bigger picture of what the Bible has to say, honoring context, authorship, style and more
- Recognizes that the Bible is always more concerned with the decision-maker than with the decision itself. Its aim to change our hearts so that we desire what God desires, rather than to spoon-feed us answer to every decision in life
- Addresses a topic as it arises in scripture, rather than attaching scripture to a topic
- Recognizes that books about the Bible, like topical studies, are supplement to person study, not a substitute for it
- Challenges us to learn the full counsel of God’s Word. It helps us to build a collective understanding of how the Bible as a whole speaks of God.
4. The Bible is about the reign & rule of God
- The Big Story is the story of creation, fall, redemption & restoration
- *Our purpose in studying must be to look for that Big Story each time we go to the scriptures
- Keeping its overarching message in view at all times
- Metanarrative is the comprehensive explanation or guiding theme that illumines all other themes in a text – essentially a story about stories, encompassing and explaining the “little stories” it overarches
5. We must study with perspective
- “If we take the time to learn the cultural and historical perspective for a book of the Bible, we will better understand how to interpret and value it”
- Before starting a study we need to ask the questions-
- 1. Who wrote it?
- 2. When was it written?
- 3. To whom was it written?
- 4. In what style was it written?
- 5. Why was it written?
6. Study with Process by moving through the 3 distinct stages of understanding – Comprehension, interpretation, and application.
- A. Comprehension asks What does it say?
- B. Interpretation asks What does it mean?
- C. Application asks How should it change me?
- 1. What does this passage teach me about God?
- 2.How does this aspect of God’s Character change my view of self?
- 3. What should I do in response?
D. Some comprehension tips/tools
– print out a double spaced copy of the text to mark up
– Read the text repetitively
-Annotate – words/phrases/ideas that repeat, attributes of God, words you don’t understand, key transition words
– several points in a row? Number them
– use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words or even key words
– read the passage in other translations
-Outline the passage
E. Some Interpretation tips/tools
-look up the cross-references
– paraphrase the text
– ALWAYS try to interpret the text yourself first, then you can consult a commentary
. F. Application tips/tools – ask yourself these 3 subquestions
7. Study with Prayer – “prayer is the means by which we implore the Holy Spirit to take up residence in out study time”
– pray before you study, pray during your study, & pray after your study
Here are also some resources women from the previous session shared as helpful:
The Bible Project
The Chronological Study Bible
The commentary- Enduring Word (an App)