I spent most Sunday mornings of my childhood in church. I attended Sunday school almost every week. And I learned all the major Bible stories.
I watched as my teachers played out the scenes on the flannelgraph. I memorized verses like “God is love”. I sang songs like “Zaccheus”.
By the time I was grown, I knew all the details of a lot of Bible stories. But they were just stories stored in my memory.
Fast forward a couple of decades.
I attended a women’s retreat in the north Georgia mountains, and I learned something new. At least it was new for me.
I learned the three-question Bible study method. It’s very simple. Not difficult to do.
But it was life-changing for me.
With this method you don’t just learn the facts from the scripture passage you’re reading. You have a way to uncover the truths that are there. The life lessons that you can use to make decisions today. And you also create application questions that help you determine how well you’re living out those truths from the scriptures.
I started using this Bible study method the next morning during my quiet time. I’ve used it ever since.
I have learned more from my study of scriptures in this last decade than in all the previous ones.
Now when I go back and study the Bible stories I learned as a child, I don’t just see the facts. I see truths. I find life lessons I can use to make wiser decisions.
When I teach the three-question Bible study method, I choose one of my favorite Bible stories to use as an example. I want to help people see how relevant the ancient scriptures are for our lives today.
God’s word is alive. And active. And it’s as relevant today as it was when it was written. There are truths and life lessons to help us live life today—as it should be lived.
That’s what I want to show you through this study of the healing of Naaman. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
I don’t have a flannelgraph. But through this blog over the next several weeks, let’s see if we can learn something new from this old story. Something we can apply to our lives today.
I’ll be back soon.
© Rhonda Fleming, 2013
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Oh, gosh, your childhood was a mirror image of mine. We never missed a Sunday or a Wednesday night fellowship dinner (it’s a good thing casseroles jello salads and brownies so popular in the 60s and 70s or nobody would have known what to take for supper), Thursday night choir practice or any other special event going on at church. I had completely forgotten about the flannelgraph Rhonda! Our Sunday school teachers made use of it every week to teach us Bible stories too. Kids today would really laugh at it I’m sure, but it was pretty cool back in the day. I’m looking forward to your series, Beth