In this video is the answer. First off, I will share the five parts to the Reflective Bible Study method, and after introducing them, we’ll switch over to the computer and I’ll walk us through an actual Reflective Bible Study lesson so you can see what a typical study is like for yourself.
By showing you first hand the studies that I have created for my own personal use, I hope to give you an idea of the type of study experience that you could get when incorporating Reflective Bible Study methods into your own study time, whether they are here on this site with us, or on your own.
First off, here are the five parts to Reflective Bible Study:
1. First, we begin our study experience by opening with the Resting section. This section is designed to help us relax and prepare our minds for the lesson we will be studying. This section also includes an opening prayer asking for the Holy Spirit to meet us in the passage we are about to read.
2. Next comes the Reading section which is actually Reading the passage that we will be looking at. I personally read this aloud as a way to slow myself down and keep from skimming over certain parts, and I recommend reading it through at least twice to help catch any nuances that may be included in the passage.
3. Following the Reading Section is the Relating section. This section contains seven targeted questions that help bring emotions and ideas out of the passage itself. The first four questions are customized to the characters and emotions in the passage, and the last three questions are broader, but they challenge me to look deeper at the passage then on the surface.
4. After finishing the Relating section questions, we then arrive at the Reflecting prayer section. The Reflecting prayer is a prayer that we write out and say aloud, that focuses on what we learned from the passage and asks God to help us with anything that the Holy Spirit pointed out that needs improvement in our lives or thoughts.
5. Concluding the Reflective Bible Study method is the Reacting section. This section is a place to write down and verbalize what we will actually do with what we learned in the passage that we read. Most of the time, studying the Bible is a strictly internal process, but as we learned in the fourth foundation stone training video, bringing true worship into our study experience involves action, and if the passage doesn’t inspire us to think or act differently, we have likely missed something important.
This is the basis for Reflective Bible Study.
Now let’s switch over to the computer so I can show you firsthand what a typical study looks like.
(From this point forward, the video is a walk-through “screencast” showing the inside of the members area and demonstrating a typical study lesson. Because I interact with the website and talk about elements that are on my screen, I highly recommend watching this video to see what these studies are like.)