|Series Theme: Bible Study Approaches|
Title: 4. The 10 P's Method of Study
A page that explains a variety of approaches to Studying the Bible
This is a page that simply gives one particular approach that we have encountered and which you may find helpful. Try it and see. If this method doesn't work for you, try another.
We first of all present the approach and then go on to provide an application of it. We have had this for so long that we no longer know its origin. Some may find this a particularly contrived or complicated approach but it does help you dig deeper.
2. The Approach
Part A - for Beginners:
1. The POINTS of the passage - what are the key things it is saying?
2. The PROBLEMS of the passage - what don't I seem to understand at first sight which need investigating?
3. The PROFIT of the passage - what is the benefit of reading it, the teaching or lessons gained from it?
4. The PERSONAL APPLICATION of the passage - what is it saying to me?
5. The PROMISE of the passage - is there something God is offering me in it?
Part B - additional considerations for deeper study:
6. The PARALLELS - other verses with similar truth.
7. The PRODUCT - putting together the truth of all of them.
8. The PRESENTATION - a title for the study.
9. The POSSIBLE DIFFICULTIES - problems others may have, if I teach this passage?
10. The PATTERN - the results in simple outline.
3. The Approach Applied
1. The POINTS of the passage
It seems that Jesus is teaching that being a follower of his is not as easy as it might first seem. There is:
2. The PROBLEMS of the passage
Jesus seems to be rather harsh with the second disciple, telling him to leave others to sort out a family funeral. I need to understand this in the context of what Jesus is saying: a) following him is uncertain, and now b) you can't hold conflicting allegiances.
3. The PROFIT of the passage
It makes me stop and realise that there is more to following Jesus than just "being saved".
4. The PERSONAL APPLICATION of the passage
It tells me that Jesus says that he doesn't have a base and is constantly on the move. Being his follower means it's not so much that I'm to be part of some established organisation, but that it is more a case of following him, and he's constantly on the go - I'm to be flexible and responsive to him in my faith! Faith seems to be something far less tangible than the organisational thing that it so often seems today.
I also see Jesus saying don't wait until my family claims have gone. I can't let allegiance to people delay or hinder my allegiance to Jesus.
5. The PROMISE of the passage
This passage doesn't seem to offer a promise, only a challenge!
6. The PARALLELS
Verses with similar meanings that I've found are:
7. The PRODUCT
The Christian life is not about organisational religion, but about submitting all of my life to Jesus, to let him be Lord. This is not necessarily comfortable because faith means risk!
8. The PRESENTATION
A possible title: "The call and cost of following Jesus"
9. The POSSIBLE DIFFICULTIES
It may be that others will be nervous and defensive about the thought of being called to a flexible and responsive lifestyle where Jesus has prior claim over all things. The need to understand that is seen in the final verse, and Jesus is not being unkind or insensitive, simply that he's stating an obvious thing: you can't have life and death together, it's one or the other.
10. The PATTERN
v.18 Jesus sets off. Onwards
v.19 A teacher states his availability. Offer
v.20 Jesus shatters any hopes of comfort and ease in following him.
v.21 A disciple seeks permission to stay home.
v.22 Jesus severs his ties with the past.
Not the easiest of methods for some passages, but certainly a thought provoking approach!