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Eating the Bible

Rachel Gilson Rachel Gilson currently lives in the Boston metro area, working for Cru as campus staff and as the Director of Theological Development for the Northeast. Rachel is also pursuing a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Passage | Hebrews 4:12 // 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 ESV

[14] But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it [15] and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss some struggles you’ve had in your relationship with the Word (lacking consistency, not fruitful, distracted, etc.) Why do you think that these struggles occur in your walk with God?

  2. Rachel talked about how we often think of studying God’s Word like school or we treat the Bible like a textbook. What misconceptions do you often believe when it comes to studying God’s Word?

  3. Rachel helped us see studying God’s Word like a sport or eating food. Which of these metaphors speaks to you and why?

  4. Read Hebrews 4:12. Based on this passage, what value does the Word offer in our daily lives?

  5. What does it mean that the Word of God is “living and active?”

  6. Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. According to this passage, how can the Bible help you in your daily life? (make you wise for salvation, reproof, correction, training in righteousness)

  7. Knowing that God has already won all the points for us, how does this change our view on studying the Bible? How does the gospel change how we view our relationship with the Bible?

  8. What’s your best next step as it relates to your relationship with the Word?

  9. What do you want to be true of your relationship with the Bible in the next year? What practical steps do you need to move towards that? What are some things that you recognize might keep you from moving towards that goal?


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