This week's message
July 15, 2018                                                
Many thanks to Brother Adam Blehm for bringing God's word to Heartland this morning.
Adam spoke on "What is the Bible? – part 2"
 
 
What is the Bible?
Part 2
 
Discovery Bible Study
Genesis 1
 
What is a discovery Bible study?
  • A Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is a simple method for groups to study the Bible.
  • It consists of sharing about our daily lives, reading and re-reading a passage,
  • retelling a passage, and reflecting on applications and opportunities
  • to share lessons gleaned from the passage. 

  • Why do a DBS?
  • Corporate study of the Word is essential to the Christian Life.
  • For example, the Jews in Thessalonica examined the Scriptures each day
  • to determine if Paul was correct in his interpretation
  • (Acts 17:11-12)
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  • The DBS can be modified for individual contexts.
  • It is similar to the ancient lectio divina.
  • This is not the only way to do a Bible study but it is a good place to start
  • and requires no additional materials.
  • This method is currently used all over the world
  • in a variety of different contexts. 


  •  
    Part 1 – Talk
  • What are you thankful for?
  • What is causing you stress?
  • Who needs our Help, how can we help them? 


  •  
    Look Back
  • Retell a story from a previous meeting or sermon.
  • What did you do differently because of the story?
  • Who did you tell and what was the reaction? 


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    Read and Retell
    One person reads the Bible passage out loud, and the rest follow along.
    Someone else retells the story and others fill in what is missing.
     
    Genesis 1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
 
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw that the light was good,
and he separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
 
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters
to separate water from water.”
So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it.
And it was so.
God called the vault “sky.”

And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
 
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place,
and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” A
nd God saw that it was good.

 
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees
on the land that bear fruit with seed in it,

according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees
bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.

And God saw that it was good.
13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
 
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night,
and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times,

and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky t
o give light on the earth.”
And it was so.

16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.
He also made the stars.

17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,
18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

 
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures,
and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing
with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds,
and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
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God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas,
and let the birds increase on the earth.”

23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
 
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:
the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground,
and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds,
the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground
according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

 
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness,
so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky,

over the livestock and all the wild animals,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

 
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;
fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky
and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

 
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth
and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures
that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—
I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

 
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
 
 

 
 
Read and Look
Read the passage again.
Discuss what this passage says about God, Jesus or His plan.
 
Read and look again
Read the passage once more.
Discuss what this passage says about humans.
 

 
 
Inside me
According to this study, what am I doing well?
What do I need to change?
 

 
 
 
Who Else?
Who needs to hear this story?
How can I tell them?
Who can I invite to study the Bible?
 
 

 
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