Date: December 4, 2016
Session 1: Gods’ Word Delights
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Begin by sharing this news item:
Researchers at the University College London are working to develop a math equation that can predict our happiness. The research team began working on the equation to predict people’s happiness in 2014, and this year the team updated their equation. Dr. Robb Rutledge, one of the lead researchers, explained that now their “equation can predict exactly how happy people will be based not only on what happens to them but also what happens to the people around them.”
Say: Maybe you’ve never thought of measuring your happiness life with a math equation. But take a moment to consider the joy or happiness in your life.
Then read Question #1 (When you hear the word delight, what comes to mind?)and invite volunteers to respond to the question.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
— Donna McKinney wrote this Leader Extra. Donna is retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in North Carolina.
Live It Out
Use the following activity as a wrap up to today’s study on God’s Word.
For nearly 10 years, Apple has kept the planet hypnotized with the invention and evolution of the iPhone. Last September, the multi-billion dollar company launched the iPhone 7. Launch day is an event worthy of vacation days, with many consumers eating, sleeping, and texting in a long line for three days to a week. The following clip shows a reporter interviewing the first customers in line at an Apple store in Sydney, Australia, just before opening its doors. (Note: This clip is 2:17 minutes long.)
- How is delight expressed in this clip?
- Is the object worthy of this amount of delight? Explain.
- Will this delight continue for iPhone 7 users in the weeks to come? Why or why not?
- How does a Christian cultivate genuine delight in God’s Word?
- How can Christians intentionally and proportionately redirect their delight to the honor of God and delight of their souls?
Emily Jennings is wife to Brian, mother to three wonderful boys, a writer, amateur runner and loves to cook. Her family lives and ministers in Woodstock, GA.
- What are some words the average Christian might use to describe God’s Word?
- What reactions, thoughts, and/or habits might help us to accurately identify our own attitudes toward God’s Word?
- What words would you use to describe the Bible?
- When have you experienced true happiness?
- When you hear the word “delight”, what comes to mind?
- What are some differences between the way the Psalmist describes “the law of the LORD” in Psalm 119:1, and the way we typically think about the law?
- In what ways can we examine ourselves and see if we are seeking Him with “our whole heart,” or with divided loyalties?
- What words would you use to describe God’s Law?
- What effect does God desire His Word have in our lives? How is that realized?
- Why does living according to God’s instructions lead to joy/happiness/blessedness?
- What’s something you learned from the Bible that you put to use every day of your life?
- Why is God’s Law sometimes seen as restrictive?
- How have your experiences with the Bible influenced your understanding of God?
- How would you describe your experiences with the Bible?
- What have you learned about God through reading His Word?
- How can we avoid treating God’s Word as “helpful hints” rather than as an authority in our lives?
- What are some ways that Christians diminish the authority of God’s Word?
- Why is it important to see the commandments of God in light of a covenant relationship with God? What happens if rules are divorced from relationship?
- What can we learn about true confession from the psalmist?
- What do you think it looks like to keep God’s commands “diligently”?
- What’s your initial reaction to these verses?
- How has the Bible informed your views of right and wrong?
- When have you experienced conviction after reading God’s Word?
- How does the confession of sin limit the power of sin?
- How does our intake of God’s Word relate to our worship of God?
- Who do you know that is devoted to God’s Word? Describe them.
- How can we lean on God’s presence to gain power to obey His Word?
- What takes it take to keep God’s word faithfully and completely?
- What role does Scripture play in your personal worship?
- Thinking about your own experience, how has keeping Biblical statutes increased your awareness of God’s presence?
- What specific steps can you take to increase the influence of God’s word in your life?
- When has reading God’s Word lead you to praise God?
- What steps can we take to more fully obey the Scriptures?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: Spoken Session 1