Bible Study Worksheets

Bible Study Worksheet

 

Scripture: ______________________ Author:_______________________

Written to: ______________________  & Jews, Gentiles, Church (circle one)

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Key Words: _________________________________________________________

Key Verse: __________________________________________________________

Key People: _________________________________________________________

Key Places: _________________________________________________________

Key Doctrine: ______________________________________________________________

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Definitions: ______________________________________________________________

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Cross References: ______________________________________________________________

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Observations – What does the text say? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Questions: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Interpretation – What does the text mean? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What can we learn about God from this text? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Application- How does this text apply to me? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What action will I take to apply this text? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What can I model and teach from this text? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Who will I share this truth with? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What scripture will I commit to memorize (write it out)? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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4 Building Blocks for Successful Discipleship-part 4-Bring the Word

We have finally arrived at our final of four building blocks to successful discipleship among women- Bring the Word. If you want to get caught up on the entire discipleship series, here it is:

  1. Invest
  2. Invest-part 2
  3. 4 Building Blocks to Successful Discipleship-part 1-Be an Example
  4. Part 2-Build the Relationship
  5. Part 3-Bearing the Burdens

Our call to invest in other women is found in Titus 2:3~The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; By being an example of godliness, building a solid relationship, and bearing their burdens through prayer, your presence, and pointing them to Christ, we create a framework for reproducing disciples who will be disciple-makers themselves. But there is one crucial piece that must be in place for our discipleship to be like Jesus’.

We must teach them the word!

Women of all ages need to know the word of God.  The more we know the word of God, the more we know God himself. The more we know God, the more we love him.  The more we love him, the more glory we bring to his name, and that is our sole purpose in life.

A teacher of good things instructs her disciples in sound doctrine.  To teach it you must know it, so that means you’ll have to study!  Bible study can be intimidating so this post is to equip you to study your bible and confidently teach the younger women in your sphere of influence.

Bible study can be simplified down to three key components:

  1. Comprehension– which answers the question “What does the text say?”
  2. Interpretation– which answers the question “What does it mean?”
  3. Applicationwhich answers the question “How should this truth change my life?”.

When I go through this process in my bible study time, I break it down, build it back up, and then I’m ready to bring the word.

Break it Down- If bible study seems like an overwhelming task and you don’t know where to start, just follow these tips:

  1. Pray over the passage- Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and for sweet fellowship with the Lord as you study his word. James 1:5- If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Pray all the way through to the teaching of the findings of your study.
  2. Ponder on the passage- Joshua 1:8-This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Read the passage several times. Be thinking on it, mulling it over, letting the word of God saturate your mind. Familiarize yourself with the passage.
  3. Pick apart the passage- To help with comprehension, you need to write down the details. (You could use these worksheets.)
  • Make general observations
  • Ask questions-who is the author, who are they writing to, what is the thrust, what can I learn about God, what did this mean in the time it was written, when was it written, where does it take place, why is this book/chapter/passage/verse important? How does this fit into the theme of the bible as a whole?
  • What biblical principles are clearly evident?
  • What is the context of the passage?
  • What are the keys in the passage-key people, places, words, phrases, or doctrines?
  • What is the passage literally saying?
  • Are there any words to define?
  • Do word studies.

So after you have prayed about and pondered on the passage, you pick it apart, do your research, and then you need to:

Build it Back Up- 

  1. Compare scripture with scripture, and write out the cross references. The bible defines itself, so use a concordance or a bible app to find every reference and read them to get a better understanding of the text.
  2. Consult commentaries, authors, preachers, and teachers for their interpretation. They are helpful to bring understanding. But, they should come after you have done all of your own work with the text. Just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s better. You have the Holy Spirit inside you, he is your Teacher, let him teach you!  The more time you spend personally laboring over the scriptures, the more you will understand them, the more you will glean from them, and the more you will appreciate them.

~2Timothy 2:15~ Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. Compile all of your research into an outline. You’re basically just synthesizing and organizing your notes. You pull all your material together and then you need to:

  • Personally apply the truth you discovered- Don’t teach what you don’t live. Jesus gives a scathing sermon about the scribes and the Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-33. Jesus warned his disciples and the multitude not to pattern their lives after them because they were all talk with no action.  He said they did all their works to be seen of men. They loved their titles and privilege, and looked down on the rest of the people in their pride and arrogance.  He calls them hypocrites 7 times in this passage alone.

It’s a warning for us as much as it was for them.  Live what you teach.  Don’t be a hypocrite. That’s an actor, or a pretender, just playing a part.  Before you impart to another person the truth you have studied out, make sure you ask the Lord to show you how you can apply that truth to your own life.

After you have pulled it all back together and you have personally applied it, you are ready to bring the word.

Bring the Word

  1. Present it prayerfully- Always be prayed up and in the Spirit before you meet with a disciple. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and let him guide you to the truth she needs to hear.
  2. Present it pleasantly- No matter what issue your disciple has, the word of God addresses it.  Aged women must instruct with wisdom, and understanding, and speak pleasantly. When teaching good things that are controversial like submission, or uncomfortable like purity, delivery is everything! To bring the word without offending or alienating your disciple, use discretion and discernment, and balance truth with grace like Jesus did.
  3. Present it purposefully- Don’t teach to unload all you know about a subject or to elevate yourself as wiser than her, or for your own glory. The purpose for teaching other women the bible is to help them grow in their faith, wisdom, character, and ministry, and to bring God glory.

As ambassadors for Christ and ministers of reconciliation, it is our responsibility to give out the life giving truths of the bible. To be a teacher of good things, you have to know the good things you are to teach.  Those things are the beautiful, precious treasures of the bible, brought out to you by the Holy Spirit as you diligently study.

Break it down, build it back up, and bring the word prayerfully, pleasantly, and purposefully, to train up the next generation of women’s ministry leaders, godly wives and mothers, and teachers of good things.

Focus on Our Father

I’ve been going through a series on  discipleship, but before I give you the last building block for successful discipleship among women, I wanted to share a tasty tidbit I found with you. I have been researching how Jesus discipled. One of the ways he built his relationship with his disciples was to teach them how to pray.

~Luke 11:1~ And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Jesus’ answer is often dubbed “The Lord’s Prayer”.  Spoken by congregations around the world every Sunday, it’s become so familiar to most of us that we know it by heart.

~Luke 11:2-4~ And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

I’m not going to dig into the rest of the prayer, for this post I just want us to focus on “Our Father”. This is how Jesus instructed his disciples to begin their prayer. For believers today this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but for Jews in those times, this.was.HUGE.

While God was known as a father to his people Israel in the Old Testament, and there are a few verses that speak to his fatherhood, according to some scholars, Jesus was the very first Jew on record to address God as Father.  In fact, it was his favorite title to speak of God, saying almost 200 times in the gospels!

Calling God his Father showed the intimate knowledge and relationship he had. He was declaring himself to be the Son of God.  When Jesus instructs his disciples to pray to “Our Father”, he’s making God accessible, and revealing to them their role as children of God. He’s identifying with them as brothers and sisters and drawing them near into the throne room of the majesty on high.

~Galatians 4:4-6~ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

When we believe the gospel we are adopted out of the devil’s family into the family of God.  He translates us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.  We become joint-heirs with Christ and enjoy all of the privileges and provision our new position as sons and daughters of God endows.

One of those privileges is a personal and intimate relationship with the God of all creation.  He is now our Father and we are his beloved child.  He loves to hear our prayers, petitions, and praises!

All of this was incomprehensible for the Jews of the time.  Their culture and traditions made God inaccessible. He was addressed as the Almighty, Jehovah, LORD, and more, but Father was not on their tongues. Hearing Jesus speak of God this way enraged them. They viewed it as disrespectful and blasphemy. In fact, it’s one of the reasons they wanted to kill him.

~John 5:18~ Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

One of the many things I love about Jesus is his boldness to speak truth.  He wasn’t politically correct, and he didn’t try to please the people to keep the peace.  He faithfully delivered the messages his Father gave him to share no matter the cost.

~John 8:28~ Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

The next time you recite the Lord’s prayer, take time to consider the wondrous fact that you are in a conversation with the Almighty.  His ear is attentive to your words.  He delights in you.  You are his child and he is your Father.

You may have been abandoned, ignored, or abused by your earthly father.  But you are chosen, accepted, adored, and adopted by your Heavenly Father through faith in his Son Jesus.  He loves you with an unconditional, inconceivable, eternal love.  Revel in that truth!

~John 1:12~ But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

As we pattern our discipleship after Jesus, let’s be mindful to teach our disciples about the phenomenal perks we enjoy as daughters of the One True King. One of those being that we are able to approach the throne of grace boldly and relentlessly.  Our Father in heaven is always available!

 

4 Building Blocks for Successful Discipleship-part 3-Bearing the Burdens

This installment in the Invest series is the third building block for successful discipleship- bearing the burdens. The first installment was simply titled Invest , the second was Invest-part 2, the third was 4 Building Blocks to Successful Discipleship-part 1-Be an Example, and the fourth was part 2-Build the Relationship.

I’m definitely not an expert on the subject, I don’t have it all figured out, and I have so much to learn.  The tips and tools I’m sharing in this bible study series on biblical discipleship have been born out of a lot of mistakes and failures, and a few successes.

Everything is a learning experience if you let it be.  Discipleship thus far has been a blessing, even when it was heartbreaking and hard.

~Galatians 6:2~ Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Bear means to carry, to take up, to lift off of someone.  A burden is heaviness, weight, trouble, and a load.  Some examples of things that commonly weigh women down are:

  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Emotions
  • Work/school/sports
  • Sin

So far the blog post that has gotten the most comments on is From Worry to Worship~ Shifting your focus from the “What ifs” to “What is”.  A lot of women carry that burden of worry on their shoulders and need the help of a sober minded woman to learn how to turn that worry into worship.  

Bearing the burdens in discipleship is:

CounselingDiscipleship is a lot of counseling. Yes, you are teaching them the word of God, and training them how to walk with God, but you are also walking beside them as they go through life.

The two main things to remember when counseling:

  • Listen more than you speak- Proverbs 18:13~ He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.  Don’t try to give counsel before hearing what is exactly going on in their lives.  Let them share what’s on their heart.  Ask questions to get to what the real burden is.  That is one way you’re going to lift that off of them.

~Proverbs 17:28~ Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

There’s a time to give advice, and there’s a time to just listen.

Think of the example of Job’s friends when he lost everything.  They sat silent and mourned with him for the first seven days (Job 2:11-13).  Then Job finally speaks of his misery and in chapter 4:2, Eliphaz says “who can withhold himself from speaking?” and begins to let Job know why he thinks Job’s in that predicament.

A lot of what these friends said to him was truth, but not true of Job’s situation, nor was it necessary or helpful.  They didn’t have the knowledge that Satan was tempting Job to blaspheme God.  We don’t have full knowledge of everything going on in another woman’s life either, so run it through that filter- is it kind, helpful or necessary?

  • Leave them with wise counsel- They really don’t need our opinion, or advice, they need help bearing those burdens with counsel from the word of God. Proverbs 19:21~ There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

This is where being familiar with your bible is essential. You need to know the scriptures that address the specific burden they have.

You may feel ill-equipped to do this.  I’m going to help get tools in your hand to be able to be more confident in this area, by providing a how to study the bible series in the future.  But you have to remember that in that position of feeling inadequate to minister to someone else, is exactly where God wants you.

Rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading. He knows exactly what they need to hear, so if you are in tune with the Spirit and following his direction, you’ll be giving wise counsel.  Before every discipleship session or before you answer any text or phone call, pray that the Spirit would give you direction.

If it’s a situation that’s pretty serious and over your head, don’t be ashamed to tell them that.  Direct them to your trusted counselor or someone you know has a testimony of godliness and wisdom that could help.  We don’t have all the answers, but God’s word does and he has placed skilled counselors within the body for this exact reason.

So prayerfully, and with the Spirit’s leading, share with them wise counsel from the word or help them get the help they need.  The next key component to bearing burdens is to have:

Compassion

  • Love them like Jesus- My favorite example of having compassion is the story Jesus tells in Luke 10:25-37, about the good Samaritan. He had compassion on him, dressed his wounds, gave him his ride, took care of him, and provided for his financial need to get the recuperation he needed.

To fulfill the law of Christ is to love your neighbor as yourself, like the good Samaritan did. Sometimes we need to help bear their burdens physically by providing material needs to help lift their financial burden a little.  Maybe we need to babysit for them to give them a little break.  Or go to the funeral when their loved one dies.  Organize meals for them when they need it.

~1Peter 3:8~ Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.     

  • Lead them to the Lord-  Matthew 11:28-30- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Some people are carrying around a burden of guilt, shame, and sin, and need to be brought to the Lord for salvation.

Sharing the good news of the gospel lifts those burdens. That’s loving them, and having compassion and care for their soul.

Casting those cares on Christ

  • Lift them to the Lord- Pray for them! Jesus is really the one who bears all of our burdens.  We can’t hang on to them, we have to lift them off of our disciple or friend, and lift them right up to Jesus.

Lift them up to the throne of grace so they can obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. You may be the only one praying for them.

  • Lead them to the throne- In the last point you are praying, in this one you teach them how to do it themselves. Always be setting the example for your disciple and training them how to walk through the trials of life with the Lord.Teach them how to cast their cares on Christ, so they will eventually go straight to him to bear their burdens instead of to you.

When we bear the burdens in discipleship by counseling, with compassion, and casting the cares on Christ, we minister in a way that changes lives. When we minister like Jesus did, we can know the blessing of fruit that remains.

~Romans 15:1~ We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Ditch the Distractions and Delight in the Lord

Well it’s day two of the new year and I finally have my #oneword. Like several of you I’ve decided to forgo resolutions and focus on just one word for the year.  After much prayer, and several applicable and awesome words, I finally settled on the best word for me in this season of life, and that is delight.

I chose delight because it’s the one word that God kept bringing me back to over and over again.  More than anything else, I desire to bring God glory with my life. One way to ensure that I do that, is to delight in Him.

~Psalm 37:4~ Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

According to blueletterbible.org delight means to be happy about, and take exquisite delight in.  Merriam-Webster defines delight as a high degree of gratification or pleasure, joy, and extreme satisfaction.

The Lord wants us to find happiness, gratification, pleasure, joy, and extreme satisfaction in Him.  Not in food, family, or friends, but in fellowship with Him.

He wants us to go to the source, to be filled to overflowing so we have everything we need to pour out on those he’s entrusted us with ministering to.

The word delight is found in 50 verses in the KJV.  Some of my favorites are:

  • Psalm 94:19~ In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.  When we’re overcome with worry and have runaway thoughts, it’s helpful to talk it out with friends or family, but only the Lord and his word can bring true peace of mind and pleasure of soul.
  • Psalm 119:16~ I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Instead of turning to my phone or to-do list, I need to remember to put time in reading and studying the word first. I just read a blog post by Gretchen Saffles from Well Watered Women about putting the #wordbeforeworld.  You can read it here: http://wellwateredwomen.com/blog/i-resolve-2018-wordbeforeworld
  • Song of Solomon 2:3~ As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.  I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.  Instead of looking for satisfaction elsewhere, I need to sit under the shadow of my Savior who satisfies my soul with his affection, shades me from the heat of affliction, and sweetens my heart with his attention.

Delight isn’t just for us, there are a few places that delight pertains to the Lord.  Here are a few:

  • Proverbs 11:1~ A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.  The Lord delights in fairness and justice, as he is a just Judge. He gets great pleasure from us doing the right thing, and maintaining a proper balance in life.
  • Proverbs 12:22~ Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.  I had my kids memorize this verse early on, as their natural sinful tendency is to lie to keep themselves out of trouble.  Instead of confessing their wrongdoing, they would hide it or blame their siblings.  It’s not just important for our kids to know this verse though.  We need to deal truly in life, and be honest with ourselves and others. Prov. 28:13, 1John 1:9.
  • 1Samuel 15:22-23~ And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  The Lord, as a perfect Father, delights in obedience. Stubbornness is viewed by God as iniquity and idolatry because it exalts my will above the Lord’s.  I could sacrifice so much for him, but if I ignored his gentle prompting to give him preeminence, I’d be in rebellion.

Simply put, the Lord delights in integrity. He wants our life to line up with his word, for us to be women of character.  As we start a new year, it’s the perfect time to examine our walk and see where God wants us to improve to bring him greater glory.

If I had to sum up my walk with the Lord in the past few months, the one word that would characterize me lately would be distractedThat needs to change.

Social media, shopping, shows on Netflix… they’ve all stolen my attention from my Savior. And he wants it back. Hence delight.  

Despite my failures the Lord remains faithful, compassionate, and gracious, because that is who he is.  He is such a good God!

~Psalm 103:14~ For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

I’m going to delight in the Lord by being intentional to spend time in the word before anything else gets my attention.  I’ll delight in him by replacing worry with prayer, complaining with praise, and fear with faith.  I’ll choose to feed my Spirit with the scriptures, solid biblical teaching, and spiritual songs instead of catering to the lusts of my flesh.

I’m not always going to get it right, and neither are you.  We’ll make wrong choices and be inconsistent.  At times our #oneword will be forgotten.

No matter how many times we mess up, God’s mercy endures forever.  God restores us to right fellowship when we repent of our foolishness.

~Psalm 130:4~ But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

We don’t want to look back at the end of 2018 with regret. Let’s be diligent to seek his face, disciplined over our flesh, and determined to be killin’ it all year long!

Ditch the distractions and delight in the Lord. He is worthy!

~Psalm 119:35~ Make me go in the path of thy commandments, which I have loved.