Agape Bible Study lessons are formatted for either
individual or group study.
Suggestions on where to begin:
- Every group study facilitator should read the "Guide to
Bible Study" found in the Main Menu under "Bible Studies." The "Guide to
Bible Study" should be part of the introductory lesson for the first group
- Bible study selection is of key importance. The
"Salvation History" Bible study is the optimal starting point for any
Bible study group. This study provides an in-depth overview of the entire
Bible, as well as the introduction to certain tools and concepts that are
crucial to biblical interpretation. These tools and concepts will assist
students in future biblical studies and will provide an understanding of
cultural traditions and the importance of symbolic imagery in Scripture.
- A recommended course of study to follow the "Salvation
History" lessons is the course on "How to Study the Old Testament Prophets."
This study provides an understanding of the concepts which are necessary
to appreciate the mission of God's holy prophets and the biblical imagery
and symbolism found in prophetic literature.
- It is not recommended that you begin with a study on the
"Book of Revelation," which is the most difficult book in the Bible for
Scripture study. It is best to prepare for Revelation by taking studies
in "Salvation History," the "Gospel According to John," and "How to Study
the Old Testament Prophets," since the Book of Revelation covers events of
the very distant past, the present of the 1st century AD, and
the future of Second Advent of Christ.
- Group lessons should begin with prayer followed by a review
of the previous lesson.
- At the first study session, the facilitator should provide
the class with copies of the summary outline of the Bible book to be
studied (see Charts/Summaries in the Main Menu) and any other relevant
handouts and timelines.
- Sessions should not last longer than 1 ˝ hours.
- The study facilitator should ask different class members
to read aloud each of the separate Bible passages included in the lesson.
Each biblical reading should be followed by the facilitator leading the
class in the question/answer lesson format. Each question and answer is
structured to lead to the next series of questions and answers.
- All Catechism references or passages from Church documents
referred to in the lesson should be read aloud.
- Ten to fifteen minutes at the end of each session should
be devoted to group discussion. Opportunity should also be made for
individual class members to ask questions. Students should be encouraged
to refer to the on-line lesson which can be printed off and brought to
class as a resource or studied as a review between study sessions.
- Close all study sessions with prayer.
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The great 4th
century biblical scholar St. Ephraim gave this excellent advice on the study of
Lord who can grasp all the wealth of just one of your
words? What we understand is much less than we leave behind; like thirsty
people who drink from a fountain. For your word, Lord, has many shades of
meaning just as those who study it have many different points of view. The
Lord has colored his word with many hues so that each person who studies it can
see in it what he loves. He has hidden many treasures in his word so that each
of us is enriched as we meditate on it. [..]. So be grateful for what you
have received and don't grumble about the abundance left behind. What you have
received and what you have reached is your share. What remains is your
heritage. What at one time you were unable to receive because of your
weakness, you will be able to receive at other times if you persevere. Do not
have the presumption to try to take in one draft what cannot be taken in one
draft and do not abandon out of laziness what can only be taken little by
Encourage your class to drink deeply from the fountain of
Sacred Scripture with the knowledge that there will be so much more to be
enjoyed as the Holy Spirit continues to lead each class member to a deeper
understanding of the written word of God. St. Jerome wrote that "ignorance of
Scripture is ignorance of Christ." Conversely, St. Jerome would have agreed
that to seek to understand Sacred Scripture is to seek a more intimate relationship
with our Lord and Savior: "To be ignorant of Scripture is to be ignorant of
May God bless your in your desire to share the Living Word
through the sacred words of Holy Spirit inspired Scripture.
Yours in Christ,
Michal Hunt ><>