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How to Study the Bible

with Nicole Unice

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Romans Week Six: Free from the Enslaving Nature of Sin
October 11, 2021 - 25 min
Click to subscribe to Nicole's mailing list and receive bonus resources on Romans Click to join the conversation in Nicole's Romans Facebook group Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory? What's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? What does it say? It’s okay to be confused or uncomfortable while reading scripture. When reading tends to feel like this, it is important to refer to the study notes. If we are justified, how do we grow into maturity in Christ? We are going to talk about maturity in three parts over the next two or three weeks: 1. Freedom from sin’s tyranny. 2. Freedom from condemnation. 3. Life in the power of the Spirit. What’s the backstory? In verse 18-19, Paul uses the analogy of slavery, which may be hard to digest in 2021 as we go through this difficult time in our history. In verse 19, Paul also uses the word “offer,” which may be easier to understand in this context. Paul suggests that we offer ourselves as willing servants to the Lord. What does it mean? We are free not from sin itself, but from the enslaving, tyrannical nature of sin. In the power of Christ, we have the ability of Christ to break out of our patterns and give ourselves to a higher power. Sin is deceptive in its charm, but destructive in its nature. What does it mean for me? What does increasing holiness look like in your life? Increasing holiness is a person looks like someone that is full of love, presence, kindness, and in enjoyment of the world. Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Five: Peace with God
October 04, 2021 - 19 min
Click to subscribe to Nicole's mailing list and receive bonus resources on Romans Click to join the conversation in Nicole's Romans Facebook group Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory? What's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? What does it say? There are four phrases we are going to look at to help us understand the passage: Justified by faith: Justification comes through Jesus’ blood. In the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf, we can now be in right standing with God. It is the process of reconciliation. Peace with God: Peace with God is not a weather condition; it is like a location. We can have circumstances that make it feel different, but peace is always the same. Access into this grace: We all have access into this grace. Boast in hope: We boast in the hope of the glory of God because of his peace that we have experienced. What’s the backstory? Everything that happened through Adam in the book of Genesis is rectified through Jesus. Just like Adam, we are all sinful from birth. We are all made in the image of God, so we are imprinted with his imagery, but we also bring sin into our life. Adam is the way that sin entered the world, and Jesus is the way we experience the abundance of life. What does it mean? Peace and hope are always ours to have. Always. Through Jesus Christ, in faith, we get to stand in grace. What does it mean for me? Do you practice the peace of God in your life? What would it look like for you to practice the peace of God this week? Romans 5:1-2: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Four: Romans 4 (with Rayshawn Graves)
September 27, 2021 - 23 min
Click to subscribe to Nicole's mailing list and receive bonus resources on Romans Click to join the conversation in Nicole's Romans Facebook group Today is a special day! Today I am joined by my friend Rayshawn Graves as we dig into Romans 4. Rayshawn is a pastor here with me in Richmond, Virginia, and hosts the podcast . Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory? What's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? Romans Week Four: Romans 4 1. What Does it Say? We learn what it looks like to believe in Jesus – it doesn’t work to depend on works. You could stack your works against the works of the holiest person that you can think of, and the scales do not balance. 2. What Is the Backstory? Sometimes we may think that the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, but Paul takes us back to the Old Testament through Abraham reminding us that God has always had a plan. Abraham trusted and believed in God when he had nothing else. 3. What Does It Mean? We must believe in Him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead. And believe that Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Knowing, embracing, and leaning into this truth is the basis of our faith (v. 23-24). 4. What Does It Mean for Me? We see God’s goodness and proactiveness in our lives – he does for us what we couldn’t do. Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Three: God’s Signature Move
September 20, 2021 - 26 min
Click to subscribe to Nicole's mailing list and receive bonus resources on Romans Click to join the conversation in Nicole's Romans Facebook group Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory? What's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? Romans Week Three: Romans 3:20-26 1. What Does it Say? Notice the “therefore” in verse 20. Everything we learned about in chapters 1 & 2, we’re about to get the closing argument for here. None of us can be who we think that we can be – none of us is righteous. 2. What Is the Backstory? All of Romans up to this point is addressing the problem of human logic. God cannot be understood fully in our human intelligence. We see the limits of human logic and reason throughout the Bible, even recorded in the earliest written book – Job (See Job 38:1-4). 3. What Does It Mean? Sin is the great equalizer of men; mercy is the great deliverance for those who believe. Unless we recognize how deeply we cannot make this happen without God we will continue to try to justify ourselves through our own false self-righteousness. 4. What does it mean for me? 1. Reckon with our pride 2. Repent of our self-righteousness 3. Rejoice in his mercy. Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Two: Good News for Everyone
September 13, 2021 - 22 min
Click to subscribe to Nicole's mailing list and receive bonus resources on Romans Click to join the conversation in Nicole's Romans Facebook group Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory? What's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? Romans Week Two: Romans 2: 3-4, 29 1. What Does This Passage Say? Last week on the podcast we left off knowing that 1) Romans is going to give us a vision for our life and 2) that we are set up with a problem of sin and need a savior. This is the chapter of conviction. Paul is preaching that the church has a problem. Some people are worshipping created things, some who call themselves good are passing judgment and condemnation, and all have a sin problem. “So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” (v. 3-4). “No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.” (v. 29) 2. What’s the Backstory? Paul sets up this life-giving letter to say that human beings cannot be good on their own. There is no holiness that you can pursue that will make you holy enough for God. We need to ask the question, what am I relying on to make me feel good? What am I relying on to say that I am okay? Whether your sin is on the outside or inside, we all have the same need for God’s kindness – and that becomes the starting point for the good news. 3. What Does It Mean? Genuine faith does not come from outward acts, but an inward reality. Heart change is proven over time. 4. What Does It Mean for Me? I have a problem just as much as anyone – and that problem is my sin. Questions to ask yourself: Do I believe that I need a savior? Do I experience in my own self-awareness that I fall short every day? Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week One: A Vision and a Problem
September 06, 2021 - 24 min
Click to subscribe to Nicole's mailing list and receive bonus resources on Romans Click to join the conversation in Nicole's Romans Facebook group Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory? What's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? Romans Week One: Romans 1:16-17; 25 1. What Does This Passage Say? In the opening of this great letter of the Apostle Paul, we get a vision for what the gospel really means. This gospel is righteousness, by faith, and is the power of God for life. But, what is the problem in the world? “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” (v. 25) 2. What’s the Backstory? Paul is doing ordinary pastoral problems and challenges. In the midst of that, he gives us a detailed and thoughtful doctrinal statement on what really matters. We often separate the doctrine & belief from the everyday reality. But what if we chose to see this great gift of salvation as 100% relevant to our everyday life? 3. What Does It Mean? The gospel is the power of God, and it is for the Jews and Gentiles – it is not for just one people group. It is about and for the world. 4. What Does It Mean for Me? If someone turned to you and asked you: “Why do you follow Jesus?” “How are you different than me?” “What is grace really?” What would you say? That is what is ahead! Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/aradaphotography
Truth for When I Feel Angry: Psalm 4:4
August 30, 2021 - 24 min
Join our FREE Romans Group to take your study of Romans to the next level! Just head over to https://nicoleunice.com/romans/ to sign up for access to weekly inspirational content and access to our private Facebook group! We will walk through Romans as a community, and Nicole will be in the group every week answering your questions about Romans and providing reflections for you to take your study to a deeper place. *** No matter what circumstances you are in, God describes himself as slow to anger, compassionate, and rich in love. In today’s episode, we are searching for truth in our feelings when we are angry. What do we do when we feel angry? Behind our anger can be fear, insecurity, pride, control, and irritation, but God is calling us to search our hearts before him to understand where our angry is being placed. In today’s episode, Nicole does a topical study of scripture and breaks down 3 important principles about anger: 1. God is slow to anger. 2. God’s anger and human anger are not the same things. 3. Anger is not a sin, but it can lead to sin. Questions to consider: 1. Since anger is a natural reaction, what is my plan for dealing appropriately with it? 2. How am I at releasing anger? What might I need to request from God about my anger? As a reminder, here are the three questions we ask each show: 1. What do the verses say? 2. What's the backstory, what's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? Today's Scripture Referenced: Exodus 34:6 Psalm 135:8 Psalm 103:8 Psalm 86:15 Nehemiah 9:17 Proverbs 15:1 Escalates 7:9 Ephesians 4:26 James 1:19-20 Psalm 4:4 *** Check out Nicole’s latest book, The Miracle Moment: a six-week Bible study on transforming conflict into connection: https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/ Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/Pict Rider
Truth for When I Feel Scared: John 14:15-27
August 23, 2021 - 16 min
Join our FREE Romans Group to take your study of Romans to the next level! Just head over to https://nicoleunice.com/romans/ to sign up for access to weekly inspirational content and access to our private Facebook group! We will walk through Romans as a community, and Nicole will be in the group every week answering your questions about Romans and providing reflections for you to take your study to a deeper place. *** Sometimes we tend to go through life with a low-lying fearful anxiety that may come out stress, irritability, or tiredness. Sometimes we need to stop and ask ourselves: What am I fearing…really? In today’s episode, Nicole challenges us to become in touch with our fear, knowing that our heavenly Father will never leave us nor forsake us. In this new three-week series of How to Study The Bible, host Nicole Unice is breaking down how to be met by God when you are confused, scared, and angry. In today’s episode, Nicole breaks down 2 principles from God as seen in John 14:15-27: 1. God promises to be with us. 2. Our fear is dissipated by God’s presence. As a reminder, here are the three questions we ask each show: 1. What does the passage say? 2. What's the backstory, what's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? *** Check out Nicole’s latest book, The Miracle Moment: a six-week Bible study on transforming conflict into connection: https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/ Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Morozov
Nicole Is Back! Truth for When I Feel Confused: Proverbs 3:1-12
August 16, 2021 - 23 min
Join us as we study Romans together! Nicole has created a FREE Romans Group Study to take your reading of Romans to the next level! Just head over to to sign up for access to weekly inspirational content and access to our private Facebook group. We will walk through Romans as a community, and Nicole will be in the group every week answering your questions and providing reflections for you to take your study to a deeper place. *** In today's episode, we ask: Am I making God’s commands the central focus of my heart? There is a spiritual blessing when we are willing to take on God’s commands and live in God’s way. In this new three-week series of How to Study The Bible, host Nicole Unice is breaking down how to be met by God when you are confused, scared, and angry. Here are the five commands from The Lord as seen in Proverbs 3:1-12: 1. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. 2. Trust in The Lord with all your heart. 3. Do not be wise in your own eyes. 4. Honor The Lord with your wealth. 5. Do not despise The Lord’s disciple. As a reminder, here are the three questions we ask each show: 1. What does the passage say? 2. What's the backstory, what's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? Today's Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12 *** Check out Nicole’s latest book, The Miracle Moment: a six-week Bible study on transforming conflict into connection: https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/ Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/danijelala
Questions Jesus Asked – Don’t You Understand, Yet? (Mark 8:14-21)
August 09, 2021 - 21 min
We all have the desire to make a big impact in the world. We each want to live with purpose and feel connected to others. But, do we fully understand this or are we too caught up with daily provisions in our life? In today’s episode guest host, Drew Daniels, will be breaking down the last question of this four-part series, “Don’t You Understand Yet?” taken from Mark 8:14-21. Questions to ask yourself: 1. Do I actually believe that God’s spirit is living and active around me the way scripture says it is? 2. Do I actually believe that God will work in my life in a real and tangible way? As a reminder, here are the three questions we ask each show: 1. What does the passage say? 2. What's the backstory, what's the context? 3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage? *** Drew has been in full-time ministry for nearly a decade. He and his wife Paige currently live in Richmond, Virginia and have two lively toddlers, Nash and Lux. A worship leader and pastor, Drew is passionate about the Bible and leading others to love God’s Word. He is currently pursuing pastoral ordination, completing his Master of Divinity at Fuller Seminary and actively church planting with a team of missionaries in Richmond. *** Check out Nicole’s latest Bible study and video series, The Miracle Moment: a six-week study on transforming conflict into connection: https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/ Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/rudall30
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