We give you one of the many methods/approaches to Bible study and sharing. This method may be used in a group or all by yourself with any scripture selection; just choose one or more of the four areas to focus on. Enjoy your voyage of discovery with Timothy.
What is the Bible for? Paul in his second letter to Timothy (2 Tim. 3:16) defines the purpose of Scripture. He says it is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking sin, correcting spiritual deficiencies, and training in righteousness or godliness. We can use these four purposes to dig into the meaning and relevance of Scripture by asking key questions in each of these four areas. And our answers to these questions can effectively guide us as we evaluate and apply the Scripture passage in our lives.
What does this passage teach?
What is the truth taught here?
What does this passage say about God? … about man? … about me?
What does this passage say about my relationship with God and/or others?
What is the wrongdoing revealed in this verse?
Am I falling short of God’s expectations? If so, how?
Where and how is this sin taking place?
Is this sin the problem or a symptom of a deeper problem or issue?
What is really the root cause of my wrongdoing and falling away from God?
What is the opposite of my sin?
What action do I need to take to get back on track?
What is preventing me from drawing closer to God in this area of my life? What am I going to do about it?
Training in Righteousness
What do I need to do to stay on track and live an orderly, godly life?
How can I put Hebrews 12:1 into dynamic action in my life?
What kind of support or assistance do I need to effect this change and persevere in my life journey?
This study guide is taken from the Scripture Discovery Workshop Manual, prepared for BCBP and facilitated by Nancy R. Catan, BCBP Manila.