Reading for Transformation & Growth
You will conclude this study by discussing the power of Scripture to transform our lives. If this is not taking place, then our Bible study has
gone wrong somewhere. God intends for his truth to change us. You will also identify some areas in which you can work to continue
to improve your ability to interpret God’s Word.
• Passages To Read:[Note: These are relatively short passages. As you read, practice interpreting the Bible with care. Think about what is being said, why it’s being said, and what implications it had for its original audience and for us today.]
o Hebrews 4:12–13
o John 17:17
o 1 John 2:1
• Sessions To Watch:
o Session 11 – Reading for Transformation
o Session 12 – Growing in Your Ability to Interpret Scripture
• Questions To Discuss:
1. In preparation for this lesson, you read Hebrews 4:12–13, John 17:17, and 1 John 2:1. What does each of these verses teach about the purpose and power of Scripture?
2. How do you know if your study of the Bible is leading to transformation?
3. Why is this important?
4. How does reading the Bible for transformation make us better interpreters of the Bible?
5. What are some practical steps that you can commit to taking that will help improve your ability to interpret the Bible?
6. We certainly want to stand firm on the truth of Scripture, but we don’t want to become so firm in our specific interpretations of biblical passages that we close our minds to the teaching of the whole of the Bible. What do you think it looks like to carefully study the Bible in light of this tension?
7. As you look back over the things you’ve learned in this study, what would you say have been the most significant lessons you’ve learned?
8. Spend some time in prayer. Pray that God would help you remember and apply the things you’ve learned in this study. Pray that studying the Bible would never be a purely intellectual experience for you, but that you would get to know God better and be transformed in the process.