Welcome to Week 5 of our online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café, “How to Study Your Bible” by Kay Arthur, David Arthur and Pete DeLacy. What a divine time we are having digging deep into God’s Word and uncovering nuggets of truth for our spiritual treasure chest!
This week we are going to look at various forms of “figures of speech” so that we will have a greater understanding of biblical interpretation and understanding what God is saying to us in His Holy Word.
“A figure of speech is a word, a phrase, or an expression used in a figurative rather than a literal sense.”
When you read about the difference between a simile and a metaphor the question may come to mind, “are we back in English class?” It may appear that way, but if we are to understand the whole counsel of the Word of God, we must be able to identify when the author is using various forms of figures of speech. Our daily reading lessons this week includes:
- Chapter 7: The When, Where, and Why
- Chapter 8: Let’s Figure it Out
- Appendix E: Tense, Voice, and Mood of Verbs
Kay Arthur writes:
“At this point are you thinking about how much time and work and effort it takes to truly delve into the Word and come to a right understanding of it? It takes a lot, Beloved. It is going to take some discipline on your part to do all this. And discipline is never easy. But, O child of God, it’s worth it. For all this is a matter of life—life on the highest plane!
Are you with me? Are you in it for the long haul? Don’t give up! Keep digging deep for the rewards are well worth the effort!
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Don’t forget to always begin your Bible study by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to open your mind and heart for understanding.
- Read Chapters 7 and 8 in How to Study Your Bible.
- Read Appendix E: Tense, Voice, and Mood of Verbs
- Do a Chapter Study on the Book of Colossians. Instructions for Practice Exercise 2 is posted in the Inductive Studies chat room.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
- When do you refer to commentaries? What is a commentary, and how is it helpful?
- What is the author’s purpose in using a figure of speech?
- How can you discipline yourself in order to study God’s Word on a deeper level?