*WHAT DO YOU THINK?
One of Shawntel’s friends invited her to a Bible study on campus, so she decided to go. But she felt really nervous as she sat down with the other students in the room. She had heard people call the Bible God’s word, so she knew it was important. But she didn’t know much beyond that.
- What’s it about?
- How does she understand it?
- What’s she supposed to do with it?
- It all felt very unfamiliar and intimidating. In what ways can you relate to Shawntel’s experience?
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THIS?
1. Read Psalm 19:7-11. What words do these verses use to describe God’s word?
2. What does God’s word do based on these verses?
3. Read Psalm 19:12-14. What does the writer pray?
5. Of all the descriptions and benefits of God’s word in verses 7-14, which one do you like the most and why?
6. Read Matthew 4:4. When you think about how food sustains us and what it would be like to go a day without food, how does this compare with our need for God’s word and what happens when we go without it?
HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR LIVES?
7. What’s a specific step you want to take to make God’s word a regular part of your life?
8. “Stop and Pop” is a simple way to make the most of your time in God’s word:
1) Pray for God to speak to you through his word;
2) Start reading;
3) Stop reading when something pops out to you. Pay attention to the word or thought that pops out to you and what’s happening in your heart.
4) Talk to God or write to God about what pops out to you on the page and what happens in your heart.
How can you see “Stop and Pop” making a difference in your life as you do it regularly?
9. Take a few minutes silently to read Psalm 19:7–14 again and try out the four steps of “Stop and Pop.” Then talk about what pops out to you.
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