Thursday AM Men's Bible Study
September 22, 2016 Meeting
Join us while we use the "Discovery Bible Study Method" to dig deeper into HIS word each week
How does this work?
- We will pick a specific book from the bible
- Each week I will pick a specific passage with-in that book of the bible and email it to everyone (something short enough for us to go over during the meeting)
- During the week, you will spend some time reading the passage and answering the questions below it
- Thursday AM we will RE-read the passage and go over the questions together as a group
There is an Evil (Ecclesiastes 6:1-12)
6 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind:
2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil.
3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4 For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered.
5 Moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest rather than he.
6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy no good—do not all go to the one place?
7 All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.
8 For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he.
11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man?
12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain[d] life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?
What does this passage teach me about myself?
What does this passage teach me about Christ?
How will I apply this passage to my life today?
Now commit to sharing this passage outside of this group!
The Bible is God’s living Word. As you approach the Bible, pray that God would meet you, so you experience God Himself in His Word; speak to you as a friend to a friend; teach you His truth; surprise you with some new insight or discovery; and transform you over time into the image of Jesus.
Get Honest with God
As you approach God in expectant prayer, take time also to think through what the last few days have been like for you. Share honestly with God what and how you are feeling as you approach your time with Him. Share your struggles and joys. Ask Him to speak, over time, to issues in your life.
Look and Listen Closely
Read and listen to the passage carefully. Write down specifics that you see such as who is there, what is happening, when is it, where it is, and how is it happening.
Circle or write down words, phrases or ideas that connect by repeating, contrasting, being similar, going from the general to the particular, or stating a cause that leads to an effect.
Put yourself into the passage. If it is a narrative, put yourself into the story. What do you see, smell, taste, and feel? Choose one of the characters and become them. If it is a letter or law section, feel what it might have felt to get the letter or hear the law. If it is poetry, let the power of the poem and its images sweep over you.
What questions does the passage raise in your mind? What words, phrases, or concepts don’t you understand? Does the passage turn in any unexpected ways? What intrigues you? Write these questions down.
Step back and read the passage a few times again. Read it as if Jesus were standing right there with you (He is!)
Ponder again the points that stand out to you in the passage. What does the passage say or point to about Jesus?
Ask Jesus what He has for you personally in the passage. What area of your life is Jesus speaking to?
Hear from God and Act Boldly
As you ponder this passage, do you sense that God is speaking to any part of your life?
Is there a promise to trust, a command to obey, or an example to follow or avoid?
Is there a deeper insight into God or your experience with God?
What action are you going to take in response to what God is saying to you?
Take the time to worship God and respond to His love for you. Thank Him for speaking to you in His living Word.
The Joy of Community
After you have studied the passage on your own, share it with trusted fellow believers in a Christian community to get their correction, affirmation, and insights.
Thursday AM Men's Group
We are a Band of Brothers at various stages of our lives and our walk. We are bonded through Christ with the common goal to grow into mature disciples. The strong fellowship with our brothers helps us seek, teach and serve together as one unit with focus.
We meet Thursday mornings at 6:30am for about an hour or more in the back room of La Bou (in the Folsom Target parking lot).