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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Key

This evening I have been working on finishing up preparation for the Sunday school class I attend.  I have mentioned a few times in the last couple of weeks that we are working through Colossians together.  The assignment that was given two weeks ago (we skipped last Sunday for Easter) was:
Working to pick a key verse in a passage can help you really get a handle on the text.

  1. Read Colossians daily.
  2. Focus on Chapter 1.  Write down observations and questions.
  3. Optional
    1. Outline down to paragraphs
    2. Title the chapter
    3. Pick a key verse
    4. Think through the chapter
    5. Personal Application

For a minute think about the process here and specifically the third optional step, pick a key verse.  Why is that suggested?  It is because it forces one to think through the content and the context of what the author is sharing in his work.  It engages one more intensely as they have to think through what idea in the passage is the key to what is being presented.

It is not a simple or easy exercise.  But if we take on the challenge it will truly significantly impact our understanding of the passage we are studying.  Try it.

2 comments:

  1. A terrific methodology that I've alwasy enjoyed, and even more when I could "discuss" it with others, especially when we disagreed! :). And, it becomes even more fun when I try it with the entire book being studied.

    Sadly, I've gotten away from it some, but have reignited it in recent studies in Job and Titus even though I had no one to debate with. It's still a valuable exercise.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Mike!

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    1. You are welcome, but the reality is - Thank you, I probably learned this from you in the first place.

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