10—Sovereign or Responsible? Yes! Lesson 4B

One of the Mysteries!

The longer that I walk with God, the more comfortable I am with mystery. I don’t have to have all the answers if I know that He does!

In addition to any major takeaways that you’ve had from this section of the lesson, let’s also talk about these questions this week:

How does knowing that you’ve been chosen in Christ comfort you during difficult or trying times?

If you’re not sure that you are in Christ, what is holding you back from following Jesus today?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Blessings,

pam :)

Tip #5: Use PDFs and Erasable Pens

Just Mark Something

Perfectionism is an enemy of learning. If you want to learn how to mark the text of Scripture, you need to start actually marking the text. You won’t do it entirely to your own liking at the beginning, but that is all part of the learning process.

Don’t fret. Relax. Print out a few copies of the PDF and get marking!

Romans 8 PDF in NASB

Keep flexing!

pam :)

09—Slaves to Sons, Lesson 4A

Abba!

Everyone needs an Abba. Let’s discuss that today . . .

How do you typically think of God? Do you think of Him as your loving Abba? If so, what difference does that make? If you don’t usually think of Him that way, what difference do you think remembering that more often could make?

What was your biggest takeaway from the lesson this week?

Remember, wherever you’re at in the study, just keep moving forward. No one’s ahead, no one’s behind . . . we’re all flexing!

Love ya,

pam :)

08—Freed! Lesson 3B

Freed from Sin, Freed to Love!

While death is an enemy of mankind, Jesus broke its power at the cross! He freed us from the law of sin and of death (Romans 8) and He set us free from slavery to the fear of death (Hebrews 2). Now we are slaves to righteousness and freed to walk by the Spirit in love. Let’s talk about that today! Here is a question to get our discussion started:

• How can you practically love your neighbor this Christmas season?

See you on the blog . . . and remember to let the study flex. Keep it going a little at a time. If you do decide to do an extended portion all at once, go ahead and treat yourself to a nice big latte! Seriously! :)

Blessings,

pam :)

07—God Did! Lesson 3A

The Law Couldn’t, but God Did!

Well, here we sit—a few days post-Thanksgiving and a few days before December. Are you holding up? Are you letting the study flex? Are you staying engaged?

If you’re struggling, I want to encourage you to jump back into the study today. You can pick up where you left off or simply join us where we’re at the beginning of Lesson 3.

I’m going to slow Lesson 3 down a little bit to allow us all to regroup after Thanksgiving, so look for the remaining videos on Lesson 3 no earlier than next Monday, December 3 and Thursday, December 6. I’ll probably post a couple more tips during the week and may even do a Facebook Live from the Precept Encounter Student Conference this weekend depending on how I’m holding up after the drive down. We’ll see!

I look forward to discussing the following question this week:

How have you seen the power of God at work in your life as you walk by the Spirit?

Would sure appreciate your prayers this weekend as I’m doing a roundtrip to Chattanooga by car starting from north of Chicago. Heading down on Friday and back on Sunday with sketchy weather in the forecast!

Thanks in advance!

pam :)

06—Denying Reality Doesn't Change Reality! Lesson 2B

Sin and Death are Realities . . . Jesus is the Only Answer!

In our broken and fallen world, the intruders of sin and death are realities whether we like it or not! Even though our culture tries to tamp down the pain of death by saying it just part of life, we know deep within our souls that death is an enemy. It’s only in Jesus that we have hope! Let’s talk about that today . . .

What would change in the way you live and interact with people if you truly believed that death is an enemy?

What was your biggest takeaway from Lesson 2? How is it changing the way you think and act?

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love,

pam :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

What about God’s Word are you thankful for today?

I’m thankful for so many things today, but one that stands out is this: I’m thankful that I will never be able to exhaust the Word of God! There will always be more to discover; there will always be more to learn; there will always be more to apply!

What about God’s Word are you thankful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving!

pam :)

05—Who Will You Trust? Lesson 2A

God Has Clearly Spoken!

Although God gave Adam and Eve clear commands, they listened to another voice that called His goodness into question. Let’s talk about that today and about how it relates to us:

What wrong sources are you too quick to trust? 

What sound sources do you discount too quickly?

I look forward to our discussion, but also want to remind you to let the study flex as you spend time with family and friends over this Thanksgiving week!

Blessings,

pam :)

04—Created in the Image of God, Lesson 1D

And It Was Very Good!

“God saw all that He had made, and behold,
it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

—Genesis 1:31, NASB

When God created the world and all that is in it, what He made was good, it was very good! There was nothing wrong or flawed with it. As we’ll see in our next session, sin and death entered the world when man disobeyed.

In the midst of all of the good creation that God called into existence, He singled out human beings and created them in His own image! Every single person today bears the image of God although marred by sin. So here’s our question:

How does knowing that every person is created in the image of God affect the way you view and treat people?

As you interact with this question, don’t forget to encourage your classmates as you read their responses, too.

Upcoming Schedule
With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I’ll only be posting two short videos on Lesson 2—I think this will be good for all of us! Flexibility, right?

The first video will cover workbook pages 19–28 (I’ll likely post this on Tuesday). The second will cover pages 31–39 (watch for that around Saturday). I hope you don’t mind flexing with me on post dates. I have my daughter and three of her college friends here over the holidays, so life at the Gillaspie household is going to be hopping!

I look forward to hearing from you all soon!

Blessings,

pam :)

03—The Flesh and the Spirit, Lesson 1C

The Normal Christian Life

As we discuss Mindset pages 7–11, let’s consider the following questions:

If there are people in our lives who don’t know God and can’t submit to His law or please Him, what should our disposition be toward them when they act in ungodly ways? (Before you answer, read Romans 5:8-10.)

What is the most appealing part of walking “according to the Spirit” as far as you’re concerned?

I’ll be posting one more video on Lesson 1 this week, so when you’re ready move on along to pages 12–17.

Look forward to talking with you all soon!

Blessings,

pam :)

02—Background on Romans, Lesson 1B

Does Your Behavior Match Your World View?

As we discuss the first part of our lesson today, I’d love for you to respond to one or more of the following questions:

How does your behavior reflect your true world view? 

Do you view people as basically good, morally neutral, or broken by sin?

How much do you think our world view matters in how we live? Explain.

Over the course of the next couple of days, start working on pages 7–11 in your workbooks and I’ll post the next lesson video likely Monday or Tuesday. 

I’ll also post a video or two on pages 12–14 and 15–17 before the end of next week. :)

Looking forward to discussing Romans 8 with you online! Remember to comment on classmates’ posts to encourage them as they study, too!

Talk to you soon!

pam :)

01—CLASS STARTS HERE, Lesson 1A

Intro to Inductive Study

Welcome to class! I’m thrilled to be studying with you this holiday season! Once you’ve finished watching the “Intro to Inductive Study” video, don’t forget to respond to these questions:

If you’re new to class: What is your name? Where are you from? What is a unique fact about you?

Everyone: Do you currently use online Bible study tools/sites? If so, which ones?

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Blessings,

pam :)

p.s. Don’t forget to comment on one another’s comments!! That’s how we do discussion!

Pregame Session #2—Class Basics

I’m so glad that you’re here early and are ready for our official November 7 kickoff when I’ll post a quick introduction to inductive Bible study! In the meantime, let’s practice our online discussion skills a bit more by responding to the following questions and commenting on at least one of your classmate’s responses.

How I can help you in learning inductive Bible study better?

Why did you decide to take a class during November and December?

Remember, one of the biggest things I want to see you do today is to comment on someone else’s comment . . . that’s how we do online discussion!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

pam :)

Pregame Session #1—Glad You're Here!

I’m so glad you’re here! While we’re waiting for the rest of our classmates to arrive, let’s start getting to know each other!

What’s your name? Where are you from?

What’s a unique fact about you?

What part of Bible study do you find confusing or difficult?

Don’t forget to respond to other people’s comments on the blog, too! That’s how we’ll get our discussions in full gear.

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog soon!

Blessings,

pam :)

p.s. If you haven’t ordered your book yet, you can get it here. While you’re waiting for your book to arrive, here’s a PDF of Lesson One.