If you’ve purchased your workbook for our new study Pursuing More of Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz, then you may have felt an initial fear: “Where are all the fill-in-the-blanks?”
Don’t be intimidated by the simple format of the workbook. There are treasures within the study and the workbook is simply a Bible Study tool, a resource for learning more about Jesus. The first audio lesson is called a “Workshop” and contains detailed instructions on using the workbook. We’ll go over this information when we begin our Bible study.
What is an Inductive Bible Study?
“Inductive Bible Study shows you how to discover God’s Truth for yourself. The concept behind the inductive study method is to get students personally, intimately involved with the subject, observing carefully for themselves.” Source: Precepts Ministries
What are the Basic Steps for an Inductive Bible Study?
- Observation: What does it say?
- Interpretation: What does it mean?
- Application: How does the meaning apply to me?
- Source: Christian Women Today
How do we study as a group?
Each of us will have our own observation, interpretation and application of the scripture verses in this study. We’ll be looking at the focus of the study: Pursuing More of Jesus. As we read our daily lessons, we’re observing scriptures about Jesus, interpretating the verses and applying them to our OWN lives. For example,
- A Mom with seven kids will have a different interpretation than a pregnant Mom expecting her first baby
- A woman facing illness or cancer will have a different interpretation than a woman training for a marathon
- A single woman will have a different interpretation than a woman married 35 years
While the scripture verse remains consistent, the interpretation and application will be different for each woman in the study.
How do we learn?
We learn from each other by sharing our tender moments and discoveries in our workbook. We’re not encouraging a religious debate, we’re sharing our opinions. Your opinion is valuable as God speaks to your heart and reveals something you did not know. Share that with others in the group, because your words may encourage another, motivate another or give courage to another.
How much time do I need?
Your lessons will require about 45 minutes to an hour of your time, five days a week.
How much does it cost?
It depends where you buy the workbook. If you order online, the current price is $11.95 shipping. If you buy it at a Christian bookstore, you avoid the shipping costs.
The audio sessions are optional and the current price is from $3.99 a session. If you decide to buy all six sessions then your audio cost would be about $24. This is a GREAT price. I purchased the Leaders Kit and paid $199 after shipping!
What else should I know?
Pursuing More of Jesus was originally published under the name My Hearts Cry
Thomas Nelson Press is releasing a book version of Pursuing More of Jesus
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