Module 4

Meeting 2

DISCUSS last week’s scripture exercise. Share ways that God spoke through his Word. Then spend time together working through the discussion questions for the Beginning video below.

THE POINT OF THE VIDEO: God created us as royalty, gave us responsibility, and invites us into relationship.

Roots video written by Phil Wiseman, videography by Jay Wilde.

THE POINT OF THE VIDEO: God created us as royalty, gave us responsibility, and invites us into relationship.

Questions for

Discussion

1.  “Is a can opener a can opener if it never opens a can?” What does our answer to this question say about where we draw purpose?

2.   Our identity comes from the one who made us, not by what we do. How is this understanding of identity different from other popular understandings in our world?

3.   Read Genesis 1:26–28 (NLT): 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27 So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

Today we know that when Genesis was written, Israel’s neighbors had their own ideas of why we were made. Many of them believed that humans were created out of violence in order to be slaves. However, Genesis gives us a very different picture. What do these differences mean for how we should understand ourselves?

4.   When it comes to questions about our origins, people often want to focus on the “how.” We wonder if God created the world in 6 literal days, or whether or not he used evolution to do it. These “how” questions are important, but sometimes they draw us away from the point of Genesis. Genesis is much more interested in the “why” of creation than the “how.” 

God created us as royalty, gave us responsibility, and invites us into relationship. Why would an almighty God want to do such a thing?

5.   What unique responsibilities has God given you charge over? How can you represent him well in those areas?

6.   How does understanding our God-given royal status address lies of low self worth?

7.   Take a moment to review what we mean by the word Trinity: there is one God in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. What does the fact that God exists in relationship tell us about how we ought to live our lives?”

8.   What are the areas of your life that you are most likely to keep isolated from God?

Just as God entered into a covenant relationship with Abraham, God wants to have an all encompassing relationship with us. Let’s commit to moving those isolated areas of our lives out into the open. God doesn’t want a relationship with part of you—he wants it all.

ASSIGNMENT: Read the Introduction to Inductive Bible Study below, and practice Inductive Bible Study with 1 John 1 at the bottom of the exercise. Also, watch the video, Fall, in preparation for the next meeting.

Fall: written by Phil Wiseman. Videography by Jay Wilde

Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

By Megan Koch, Jake Thurston & Alex DeBat

Inductive Bible Study is an incredible way to encounter God’s Word. Often when we read the Bible, we take it in quickly, or we read it at face value. Consider the difference between looking at a postcard of the ocean, and what it’s like to put on a wetsuit and get underwater to explore the ocean yourself. Inductive Bible study invites us to take a deep dive into Scripture.

 

To add another illustration, you could look at it this way: Every passage of scripture we read is like a diamond. We read it one way, then turn it in the light to examine it from another angle. Suddenly we discover there are endless things to uncover and experience within even just one small passage of God’s Word.

 

This is the living Word of God. God is constantly speaking and revealing himself to us, but especially through Scripture. So when we dive into a passage, we can be confident that God is present, active, and talking to us as we study. You can encounter God right now through his Word, and this experience can change you, if you let it.

 

Inductive Bible study is simply a method of studying Scripture that pulls out as much of the text as we possibly can for a deep reading. Instead of simply chewing on a verse that sticks out to us, inductive Bible study allows us to ask questions, seek deeper meaning behind the text, and figure out how to apply those deeper truths to our lives.

 

Click through the arrows for a guide on how to read the Bible inductively.

The Discipleship Pathway is a collaborative work between

Pastors Phil Wiseman & Megan Koch of Table Church and Pastor Jake Thurston of The Ransom Church