Know, Grow and Sow (Introduction)

Know-Grow-Sow

The Word of God is able to make us grow in Christ, and establish our lives on the firm foundation of knowing and doing His will.

This study is designed to

–        Help you develop a habit of spending  regular time in the Bible

–        Acquaint you with what Christ has accomplished for those who believe in Him

–        Learn how to interpret the Bible accurately

–        Learn how to apply the Bible to your own life

–        Be a blessing to others with whom you share the Word of God

There are three parts to the study. First you must know what the Word says, and then you can grow by applying it to your life, and sow it by sharing it with others.

Knowing

“It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the truth…” (Luke 1:3,4 RSV)

Read the text as though you are an inquisitive reporter: “just the facts please”

  • Imagine yourself being transported to the same time and culture as the writer of the passage. Your job is to summarize accurately what the writer is saying for the folks back home.
  • Listen for each fact. Observe (underline or highlight) key words or phrases. Pay attention to who is speaking and what he said before (the context).
  • Remind yourself of differences in culture, language, geography and history which you have to take into account to properly understand the speaker.
  • Now – write a brief summary in the “Knowing the Truth” section. Make sure to include main points. Think of a title or ‘headline’ which captures the main theme in a few words.

Growing

“Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O LORD, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16, RSV)

You are a hungry diner in a restaurant: “What can I chew on?

  • Apply the text to your own life. Ask yourself, “What is the Spirit of God saying to me in the passage?”
  • Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

–       Is there a promise that I can take to heart?

–       Is the Lord revealing something about Himself to me?

–       Is there an example for me to follow?

–       Is there an error or sin for me to avoid or repent of?

–       Is there a duty for me to perform?

–       Is there a truth that challenges what I’ve been thinking?

  • Now write down a sentence of two describing how the Spirit of God spoke to you through this text. Rather than speaking generally about “we learn” or “Christians should do”, apply it to yourself by using pronouns like “I” or “me” or “my”.


Sowing

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16, RSV)

Like a well equipped gardner, you have the tools to help other lives flourish: “I’ve got just what you need.”

Think about how your church, your small group or a friend could be blessing by what you have learned from the Bible.

IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO PRINT THIS PAGE OUT AND REFER TO IT AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH LESSON.

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