Yes, you….and me! The Bible deserves personal study Faith comes only by the Word Your faith is a very personal thing We each will give answer to God No one can do this for you…
How can you motivate personal study? Self motivation comes from – • Understanding what the Bible is • Focusing on why study the Bible • Knowing how you learn • Choosing what you want (need) to study • Having a worthwhile goal and plan • Reviewing progress toward the goal • Praying
Why Study? • We all know why – to please God; be saved by truth John 8:32 • to grow into the image of Christ, i.e., change behavior 2 Cor 3:18 • To make decisions and solve problems of daily life 2 Tim 3:16,17 • To enable prayers for God’s wisdom James 1:5 • To teach others Hebrews 5:14 • To experience the joy of learningMatthew 6:21
Motivating Yourself • Factors that motivate • Studying that which has personal value • Keeping an open, positive attitude • Defining tasks that challenge – but not too much • Frequent, positive feedback • Being a valued part of a learning community Lowman, J., Mastering the Techniques of Teaching
Motivating Yourself • Finding your learning style • Are you an auditory learner? • Are you a visual learner? • Are you a tactile/kinesthetic learner? • The power of combined styles
Motivating Yourself The power of combined styles
Intrinsic Motivation • You must develop intrinsic motivation • Find 3 reasons to study a topic • What turns you on about it? • What value will you receive? • How will you use information you get? • Research has found you will – • Put in more effort • Study more deeply • Find more ways to succeed • Be more persistent • Extrinsic motivation will also help Set Goals Use a mentor
Charting Your Own Way • Define the purpose of your study • Set a measurable goal • Scope your project • Develop a strategy • Set mini-goals • Determine your approach • Identify the best techniques to use • Plan appropriately
Charting Your Own Way “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood… Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.” Daniel H. Burnham (1846 – 1912) American architect and urban planner Aim high to create a challenge, but be realistic lest you become discouraged.
What Approach Is Best? • Simply reading? • Surveying book or testament? • Expository (textual)? • Topical? • Character sketch? …depends upon your purpose… …whatever your study – stay in context… …and focus on why you are studying…
1 2 3 3 Questions Luke 10:25-28 • What does it say? • What does it mean? • How should I change?
1 2 3 How it Works Say? Mean? Do? Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. I have been immersed into Christ, therefore I am like those to whom Paul wrote on this occasion. He is speaking directly to me. What can I do today to seek those things above where Christ is? The “raising” in this verse refers to baptism by complete immersion in water. Only those who believe in the risen Christ and are baptized into Him have a reason to seek heavenly things.
Which will you start today? • Character sketch • Topical: change Behavior • Expository: Short Book • Testament Survey 2 Kings 5 3 wks Proverbs 11-30 6 wks Colossians or Philippians 3 mos New Testament 1 year www.clarionword.com/downloads.html Which for you??
Charting Your Own Way • Ask pertinent questions • When analyzing a passage or book • When probing a word meaning • When studying a topic • When studying a Bible character • When drawing conclusions • Identify reasons to stick with the project • Plan to review
You can motivate your own study! Motivate yourself by – • Understanding what the Bible is • Focusing on why study the Bible • Knowing how you learn • Choosing what you want (need) to study • Having a worthwhile goal and plan • Reviewing progress toward the goal • Praying for the Lord’s help Why not start today?! May God richly bless your study!