Monday, June 27, 2011

Can We Talk – Before we begin…

I was so excited to learn that I won this Bible study! Not only do I adore Priscilla Shirer’s teaching, but I believe that every disciple of Christ can improve their prayer life. Bible study techniques to engage with the Lord are also a welcome subject at my house.

I’ve been in cancer treatment, and have missed several church services and Bible study classes. But I spend time in God’s Word every day, and have borrowed video Bible study kits from my church’s library so I can be exposed to Bible teaching when I couldn’t get to class.

I am a bit more mobile, now, but my season of pressing close to Jesus during recovery has given me a hunger to be even closer. “Can We Talk” seems to be the perfect study for me at such a time as this. As I write this, I am facing my final chemo treatment and tests to determine where we go from here. Prayer is crucial.

The “5 Ps of Hearing God Through Scripture” Bible study method appears to be quite similar to Personal Quiet Time and Homiletics techniques that I learned through other sources. The 5 Ps are:
1. Position yourself to hear from God.
2. Pore over the passage and Paraphrase the major points.
3. Pull out the spiritual principles.
4. Pose the question.
5. Plan obedience and Pin down a date.

Personally, I have always had a difficult time pulling out the principles. Although through practice with homiletics, I have improved a bit in this area over the last year. I am praying that this study will help me to see the principles pop out of scripture more readily.

I plan to get a notebook – maybe I’ll use my journal – to record everything that would normally go into the workbook. That way, I will be able to track progress throughout the study and beyond.

So, beginning Saturday, July 2nd, I will be blogging my own personal journey through “Can We Talk: Soul Stirring Conversations with God”, Priscilla Shirer’s six-week “un-Bible study”. I hope you will join me for what promises to be a life-changing summer expedition through scripture.

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