The Bible studies below were put together for a men's group, which has been meeting weekly for the past 10+ years. These studies focus primarily on the practical aspects of applying scripture to one's life today. Each lesson consists of a sheet of questions which serves as a basis for discussion. We normally start our early morning study together with about ten minutes to say hello, get coffee and donuts, and settle in. The leader then says a brief prayer after which we read the scripture verses for the day's lesson. I much prefer the scripture be read by one man from a modern translation (NIV or NLT) rather than the more traditional “each person read two or three verses in turn.” In fact, I occasionally use a Max McLean CD. We then spend the next 40 minutes discussing and “answering” the questions. There are often no “right” answers and the questions are primarily used as a springboard for discussion. We sometimes then break into smaller groups or stay in the larger group where every man can bring up questions and issues that the lesson might have raised for him.
On each of the web pages you will find a sheet of questions for each session. For some studies, there is also a leader's guide of “answers.” If you are going to study a book or chaper on your own, I encourage you to start with just the sheet of questions and not peek at the leader's guide until you have gone through the questions on your own. By so doing, you'll get much more out of it than you would by just reading the leader's answer sheet.
I'm putting studies up on the web site as I get time to convert them to XHTML and/or PDF. Only a few are available now, but eventually, I expect to have studies for about one-half of the books in the New Testament and several from the Old Testament as well. There are also several other pages with material of interest to Christians (and others). Take a look at them and please let me know if they are of use to you! In the past 15 years, these lessons have been used by hundreds of groups ranging from students at Biblical seminaries to soldiers in Iraq. Hopefully, you will find something of use too.
BIBLE STUDIES ON BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
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