4 – The Connection
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)
When you start to think about God’s Word more like a relationship than a responsibility, things change.
O.I.A –> 3 steps to go deeper in studying God’s Word:
- Step 1: Observation … What does the passage say?
- 1. Read the entire passage to take in the whole thing.
- 2. Ask questions.
- 3. Note details.
- Step 2: Interpretation … What does the passage mean?
- 1. Use study Bibles
- 2. Use online resources.
- 3. Talk to someone older and wiser.
- Step 3: Application … What does the application mean for me?
How we apply Scripture:
- What part of the passage stood out the most?
- Reflect on your life and ask what needs to change?
- Determine what actions to take.
- Allow God to encourage you in your faith growth.
This week’s challenge: Read Colossians 3:12-17 and go OIA on that passage. Remember the goal of OIA is to connect God’s Word to our lives and let it change us to be more like Jesus. After reading and going through the OIA steps on Colossians 3:12-17, generate at least one application for you own life and send it to Todd.
– What did Todd say the goal of the OIA method is? How is that different than how you might typically read the Bible?
– Do you think you can do this on your own (we’re going to practice together)? What may keep you from doing this on your own?
Read Luke 10:38-42.
Get a feel for the whole story. Read slowly or re-read if you have to. Note details in your Bible or on the lines below. Write down questions you have about what is going on. You will be discussing these questions in the next step.
One of the ways we interpret Scripture is by discussing it with other people. As a group, discuss the questions you wrote down in the last step and discuss the questions below. Use your study Bibles for reference if needed.
- What did Mary do during Jesus’ visit?
- What did Martha do during Jesus’ visit?
- Why was Martha annoyed and upset with Mary?
- What did Martha tell Jesus to do?
- How did Jesus respond to Martha?
- What is the tone of Jesus’ response?
- What does Jesus mean in verse 42?
Application is where we bring the Scripture home. As a group discuss the following items:
- Who do you identify with most: Mary or Martha and why?
- How/where/when do you act like Mary? How/where/when do you act like Martha?
- Even though Jesus is talking to Martha in verses 41 and 42, he also talks to us today. What is he saying to us in these verses?
- Who are we to be more like — Mary or Martha?
- What is your takeaway from this passage?