Jun 23, 2023 How to Conclude a Bible Book Study – Words of Grace – June 23, 2023
How to Conclude a Bible Book Study
There is a sweetness in studying a book of the Bible together as a congregation. The message is used by the Holy Spirit to do various kinds of spiritual work in us individually and collectively. Together we are built up in faith as we respond to the encouragement, correction, and instruction of God’s word.
When we come to the end of a Bible book study, I always wonder how we can savor the taste of this portion of the word. I know we must take up other parts of the Bible because the whole counsel of God is needed. But the idea of “just moving on” doesn’t sit well with me. I want us to move forward without leaving behind all the good we have gleaned from weeks and months of prayerful attention to the word.
As we come to the end of our time in 1 Peter, here are five ways to help you hold on to the message we have heard.
Spend a weekend reviewing 1 Peter. Read and re-read it. Look back at your notes. Think about the big take-aways and determine to take them forward with you in practical applications.
Write a summary statement. If you were asked to state the message of 1 Peter in a paragraph, what would you say? With that question in mind, sit down and write a summary statement. Then, share it with someone.
Use a prayer journal. Praying from the Bible is one of the best ways to take its message into your mind and heart. Write down five prayer requests from 1 Peter. Pray them for yourself, someone else, and for our church.
Share your testimony. Meet up with a friend or gather a small group and share how the Lord has worked in your life from the message of 1 Peter. This kind of sharing is personal and will likely reveal parts of your life to others, but it will be worth it. This is how deep fellowship is built among us.
Develop a teaching outline. Imagine yourself teaching a class, leading a small group, or helping a new Christian in a one-on-one setting. How would you present 1 Peter to others? Put 1 Peter in outline form. Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to use this outline in some way, with someone.
So, what’s after 1 Peter? 2 Peter, of course. In July we will study 2 Peter together. I will open the sermon series on July 2, and then other pastors and elders will preach the rest of the month.
It is a joy to open the Bible with you every Sunday at Grace Community Church.