Hearing God

Study Notes

Getting started

  • What is one thing you can remember from the Sermon on Sunday?
  • Was there anything you found surprising or challenging?
  • In Mark’s sermon he mentioned three qualities a person should ideally have if you are to learn from them. Can you remember what they were?
  • Who in your life have you learned from? Did they possess any of these qualities?

Hearing God’s Word

  • In what ways does God communicate?
  • Do you think that God has your best interests at heart? What makes you say this?
  • How has God spoken to you through the study of his Word? How has the bible affected your life?
  • When the Word of God seems dry to you, what do you make of this season in your life?
  • What do you look for when you read the bible? (eg information, comfort, understanding, guidance, a word from God, communion with God)
  • How does what you are looking for influence how you study?
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is God-breathed. What does it mean that it is God-breathed?
  • What difficulties do you have in accepting this truth?
  • What makes you confident that this is true?

Putting it into practice

Mark spoke about one method of bible study – SOAP journaling. Practice this now with Psalm 119:97-104. (You will need a pen and a printed copy of the passage for each member of your group)
S – Scripture
Read Psalm 119:97-104. Is there anything that jumps out at you? Circle words or phrases that resonate with you.
O – Observe
Read the passage again. What is going on? What is the psalmist thinking, feeling, doing? Write down your thoughts.
A – Application
Ask yourself “What does God want me to do differently today?” “What is God saying today?”
P – Pray
Pray about the things that God is saying to you today through this passage.