Thursday AM Men's Bible Study
October 20, 2016 Meeting
So starting October 20th, we will try out meeting at the Nugget Market just off HWY 50 in El Dorado Hills. The good news is they open at 6am so you can be early and not have to wait outside. They have plenty of room for us upstairs (when walking in, it's to the right).
EDH Nugget Market Address:
PS: Say hello to Jim & Carl who like to play Cribbage there in the am too.
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
(something short enough for us to go over during Thursday AM group)
- 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
A Common Destiny for All (Ecclesiastes 9:1-12)
9 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. 2 All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.
As it is with the good,
so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
so with those who are afraid to take them.
3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. 4 Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
5 For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even their name is forgotten.
6 Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.
7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
11 I have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:
As fish are caught in a cruel net,
or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
that fall unexpectedly upon them.
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.