The youth and young adults of Richmond FUMC have made a habit out of early-Wednesday-morning Bible studies, going through the books of John, Matthew and Acts in recent years. If you’ve been interested in this before but not sure about the commitment, this fall may have the answer.

Thrive pastor Jamie Jordan and youth pastor Jonathan Kleppinger will be leading a short, six-week inductive Bible study on the book of 1 Peter, meeting from 7-7:45 a.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 11 through Nov. 15, at the Caffeinated Colonel coffee shop on EKU’s campus (at the Wesley Foundation). The class is open to youth, youth parents, young adults, and any other adults in the church. Jamie and Jonathan will work to give rides to the class and to schools after for those who need it.

An inductive Bible study is focused on removing all of our biases or preconceived notions and allowing the text to speak for itself; there is a very strong emphasis on how meaning is based on context, especially the context of the book (in this case, 1 Peter). It is a more in-depth, “deeper” Bible study than most.

There will be homework assigned each week, although it will not be “graded.” Completing these assignments prior to our discussion time Wednesday mornings will be crucial to having meaningful discussion. Some assignments may take longer than others, but none will require more than an hour or two of time each week. Each week’s assignment and discussion is likely to build on the previous weeks, so it is important to get involved early and stay involved if you would like to participate. The homework assignments will be posted online for easy access.

Are you interested? Do you have questions? Ask Jamie or Jonathan for more information!

10/18/17 — Assignment due Wednesday, Oct. 25: Section survey (2:11-3:22)

Read the section listed above (2:11-3:22). This may or may not be material you defined as one section in your breakdown of the book, but for the purposes of this assignment, we’ll view it as one section. Remember that when we do inductive Bible study, we try to remove any biases and our own ideas while we study the text for what it’s trying to say — so try not to be prejudiced; I know this is one of the more controversial passages.

  1. How did you feel reading this? (write it down and then set the feeling aside as you complete the rest of the assignment)
  2. How is this section structured? Look for how each paragraph relates to the others, and how the clauses inside the paragraphs relate to each other. Especially be on the lookout for any of the four following “structural relationships” — they sound complicated, but they’re really not. The last two have key terms that are usually present to point out this relationship occurring. It will probably be helpful to draw the section as a line, mark off where the smaller subsections are inside this section, and work from there.
    • Particularization — movement from general to particular (for instance (maybe), the list of specific “you have heard it said … but I tell you” instructions in Matthew 5 after Jesus says their righteousness must surpass that of the teachers of the law)
    • Generalization — movement from particular to general (for instance (maybe), “be perfect” in Matthew 5 after a list of specific “you have heard it said … but I tell you” instructions)
    • Causation — movement from cause to effect (key terms: therefore, so, then)
    • Substantiation — movement from effect to cause (key terms: because, for)
  3. What themes are in this specific section? What keeps coming up again and again (materially or structurally)?
  4. What do you think the main point of this section is?
  5. What questions do you have about this section?

10/11/17 — Assignment due Wednesday, Oct. 18: “Book survey”

Read 1 Peter in one sitting and with as little distraction as possible.  Read it like it’s your first time reading it. It’s a short book, so reading it twice in a row is probably a good idea.

After reading it, write or type the following:

  1. Your overall impressions:  What struck you about 1 Peter?  How did you feel?  What were you thinking about?  What mood did the letter present?  Why did the author write this gospel?
  2. Give a title to each chapter that summarizes the content of that chapter.
  3. List the themes you noticed that were repeated throughout 1 Peter.
  4. Try to break 1 Peter down into units (drawing this as a cascading graph can be helpful). How is the letter broken up? What are the major sections? How are they arranged? Why is the material structured the way it is?
Six-week inductive Bible study on 1 Peter open to youth, adults