Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Connecting the dots, Part IV of Inductive Study

Kamryn and Bradyn and Julia love those connect the dot pictures. As long as you can count or know your alphabet, you are on your way to drawing amazing pictures. I love 'em, too. It is as close as I will ever get to drawing something that looks like something. This fourth part of the inductive study is actually a bit like connecting the dots. As you look back over all your answers, it will seem a bit massive and overwhelming. If you leave it all there, you are like the man who looks at his face in a mirror and then walks away forgetting what he looked like. In order to get from information to perspiration, from content to application, you have to go through the painful process of summarizing all that you have just learned into one or two sentences. Much like a concise commentary, summarizing it down makes it manageable and rememerable! But, this is tough, especially when you are trying to summarize many great insights and thoughts. But, especially if you are going to teach, this step is non-negotiable.

So, how do you do it?

I begin by looking back over the verse, first. Reading it through again and again, in light of what I have now learned.

I then look back through my notes on the answers to the questions.

Then taking all the context, and content, and the author's intentions, I do my best to summarize in a couple sentences. It does become a bit of a word smith game, but that is o.k. We are trying to draw out principles and thoughts that sum up the passage, as if you were writing a commentary. And the the most important reason is if you can't explain it, you probably don't understand it. The better you can state it, the the better you will be able to remember it and the more applicable will be the results of the passage.

So, we take the passage we have been working on:
2 Tim. 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, [17] so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

God's words shape us so that we may be prepared to do good works for God.

If I was preaching a sermon: I may have a something like this be a tite:
God's word lead to God works.

There is no doubt a better way to say it, but it works for me... I remember the key point that will go with me and challenge me and it leads right into my application, which we will talk about tomorrow!

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