3 – The Light
Theme verse: “All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Pressure: I have to fully understand the God’s Word myself
- Pathway: The Holy Spirit helps us understand God’s Word
Illumination is specifically the Holy Spirit’s work helping us understand and apply God’s Word.
- Pressure: I have to read God’s Word in order to study it
- Pathway: The Holy Spirit helps us love God’s Word
HOW IT’S DONE: The 4 P’s to Reading the Bible
PEOPLE: Who’s involved in this story? What character traits do they have?
PLOT: What’s going on in the story? What is the point of the story?
POINT: What is the passage trying to say? Is it a command to keep, a promise to claim or a truth to believe?
PRACTICE: How can I apply what’s being said to my life?
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
This week’s challenge: Pick out any chapter of the Bible and answer each of the P’s to get the big idea.
– How have you typically read the Bible? Have you had any light bulb moments?
– How is God’s Word a light and a lamp for us?
Read Mark 10:17-31 & Discuss
- Have each person say one or two sentences summarizing what happened. They cannot repeat the headings in their Bibles; they must use their own words.
- Who are the main people in this story? (Jesus, rich man)
- What is the most important thing (plot) that happened? [Rich man refuses to give up his money for Jesus]
- Have each person share what part stood out (point) most to them. What is the point?
- What difference does this story make for us? (practice) How are we better off knowing this story? [Following Jesus means giving up everything.]