28-Day In-Depth Bible Study Challenge {Week 2}

How did the first week of in-depth Bible study go? Are you ready to dive into chapters 2 and 3 of your Bible book of choice?

Day #9:
(O) Read the second chapter slowly, and pause when you come across a word or phrase that sticks out to you. Write down anything that leapt off the page at you and why.
(I) Use a concordance and/or Bible dictionary to look up these words. Remember, this will give you the original Hebrew or Greek word and a more in-depth English definition. It will also show you all the passages of Scripture that use this same Hebrew or Greek word and will thus broaden your understanding of what the author intended to say when he used it in your passage. As you look up your terms in various places in Scripture, see if anything sheds light on your passage and the way the term is used there. Write down everything you learn about these terms.
(A) Think about these phrases and examine yourself in light of them. How is God speaking to you? What do you need to tell Him? Then, spend time praying about what you have examined. Take one phrase with you throughout the day to remind yourself of what God has shown you, thinking about it often. If there is a particularly meaningful verse that stood out to you, write it on an index card and memorize it throughout the week, repeating it often.

Day #10:
(O) Reread the second chapter out loud. Reading out loud gives us a little bit different perspective and feel for the passage.
(I) After this exercise, jot down the answers to the following questions in your notebook: Who are the individuals in the passage and what is said about them? What is happening in the passage and what is the author communicating? Where is the narrative taking place and where is the author or the original readers? When did the events of this passage take place and when was the author writing? Why is this included or placed here and why does this person say that?
(A) Answer the question of wherefore? This question addresses what difference the passage would make if I applied this truth to my life or in other words, so what? End with a time of prayer about the truth you’ve uncovered.

Day #11:
(O) Reread the second chapter in a different version of the Bible with the goal of pinpointing the most important verse of the chapter. If you don’t normally read from the King James Version, read your passage from this particular version. Is there one sentence that stands out above the rest or seems to be emphasized? Is there a verse that all the other verses in the passage tend to support? Use this to come up with your own “heading” or “title” to the paragraph or chapter you have been reading.
(I) Then, compare the two versions and note their differences. Look for things in the passage that are either alike or unlike each other (within the same version, too). Write these in your notebook.
(A) Also jot down things from the passage that really resonate with your own experiences and that help you see the text realistically. End with prayer.

Day #12:
(O) Reread the second chapter and afterward, write your own unique paraphrase of the passage. How would you put this passage into your own words? Describe what you have been reading this past week in a way that makes the most sense to you.
(I) For example, how would you describe the events or teaching from this passage to a friend? Or, if you possess creativity, write a poem, song, news article, play script, or puppet show from the passage you have been studying. The more engaged you are in the process, the more fun and memorable it will be.
(A) End with a time of prayer, thanking God for the passage and all you’ve learned so far. Then, share your creative paraphrase with somebody.

Day #13:
(O) As you reread the second chapter, note everything the passage says about God. Write down anything God says, anything that is said about God, or anything God does in the passage.
(I) As you look over your observations, answer the following question: why were these things included and what do they tell us about God?
(A) As you reread the passage, turn it into a prayer. Is there a failure in the passage? Ask God to help you avoid the same pitfall. Is there an exhortation? Ask God to help you obey His command(s). Is there something you have learned through the passage? Thank God for this and ask Him to help you live it. Have you been convicted by what you have been reading? Ask God to forgive you and to help you to live a life that pleases Him.

 Day #14:
(O) Read the third chapter slowly, and pause when you come across a word or phrase that sticks out to you. Write down anything that leapt off the page at you and why.
(I) Use a concordance and/or Bible dictionary to look up these words. As you look up your terms in various places in Scripture, see if anything sheds light on your passage and the way the term is used there. Write down everything you learn about these terms.
(A) Think about these phrases and examine yourself in light of them. How is God speaking to you? What do you need to tell Him? Then, spend time praying about what you have examined. Take one phrase with you throughout the day to remind yourself of what God has shown you, thinking about it often. If there is a particularly meaningful verse that stood out to you, write it on an index card and memorize it throughout the week, repeating it often.

Day #15:
(O) Reread the third chapter out loud.
(I) After this exercise, jot down the answers to the following questions in your notebook: Who are the individuals in the passage and what is said about them? What is happening in the passage and what is the author communicating? Where is the narrative taking place and where is the author or the original readers? When did the events of this passage take place and when was the author writing? Why is this included or placed here and why does this person say that?
(A) Answer the question of wherefore? This question addresses what difference the passage would make if I applied this truth to my life or in other words, so what? End with a time of prayer about the truth you’ve uncovered.

Stay tuned for week number 3 of the in-depth Bible study challenge.

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