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How to Study the Bible

with Nicole Unice

How to Study the Bible Episodes
(Rebroadcast) Unpacking Principles and Finding Meaning
January 17, 2022 - 17 min
While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study. **** “The minute you have asked ‘why?’ – you have become a theologian.” – Carolyn Custis James First, the bad news: you might be a little uncomfortable with this part, at least a first. But the good news (and it really is good news!) is that as you know more, it more it becomes easier to pull the principle out of Scripture. In this episode, Nicole talks about the five filters we use to understand what a passage is teaching us about God, ourselves, and the world we live in: 1. Is the principle or theory reflected in the passage? 2. Is the principle timeless? 3. Does the principle transcend culture, gender, age, status, etc.? 4. Is the principle harmonious with the rest of Scripture? 5. Is this principle relevant then and relevant now? For more, check out: Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: https://nicoleunice.com/help-my-bible-is-alive/ Grasping God’s Word by Duvall and Hays: https://amzn.to/3rn2gE9 You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice
(Rebroadcast) Digging Deeper - What’s the Backstory?
January 10, 2022 - 18 min
While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study. **** If you’ve ever gone to a play, you’ll have been handed a playbill before the program began. This playbill gives you some important information like the characters, the setting, and the scenes you’ll see when the lights dim. The backstory helps us engage with what’s in front of us. When we read the Bible, we also need a backstory. The problem is, we often want it to ignore the backstory and apply the Word immediately to our lives instead of asking what it meant to the original audience. But when we do this, we misapply Scripture. Join Nicole in this episode as she unpacks how we can understand what’s going on behind the scenes of the passages we read. Nicole’s Favorite Study Bible: The NIV Study Bible - https://amzn.to/3tvGzEN Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word: https://amzn.to/3A7Yy5j You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice
(Rebroadcast) The Basics of Bible Study
January 03, 2022 - 17 min
While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study. **** Here’s a secret of the universe: there are always basics of everything. If you want to be physically fit, you have to do cardio and strength training. If you want to be a good cook, you have to learn how to chop, mix spices and know how flavors complement one another. And if you want to be good at reading and understanding the Bible, there are basic skills you need to learn as well. In this episode, we’ll unpack just what those fundamental skills are, through Nicole’s 'Alive Method,' by asking four basic questions of every passage of Scripture. Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice
(Rebroadcast) Three Common Obstacles to Understanding the Bible
December 27, 2021 - 17 min
While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study. **** Most of us want to hear from God, but when we actually go to the Bible, it feels irrelevant, archaic or just plain confusing. In this episode, Nicole addresses three of the common obstacles we face in spending time in the Bible and how to get past those into a vibrant relationship with God through His Word. Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/Tetiana5
Romans Week Sixteen: Wrapping It All Up
December 20, 2021 - 23 min
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? Over the past 16 weeks, we have learned the truth about sin, the power of faith, and the fulfillment of the law with love. In closing this book, Paul encourages us to be wise about others and wise about the way we love and create unity within the body of Christ. What does it mean for me? Be able to tell someone what the book of Romans is about! What would you say if someone is curious? What would you say to them that would inspire them to read the book for themselves? Nicole’s Wrap-Up of Romans: “The book of Romans: the truth about sin, the power of faith, alive in Christ, released from the law, free in the spirit, suffering for a reason, more than conquerors in this world! Mercy always reigns -- for Israel and for us. Now we are transformed! So, at home and at work, whether weak or strong, we fulfill the law with love! We need each other, and everyone matters. But let’s be wise --seek unity and love, not division or strife.” Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Fifteen: For the Glory of God
December 13, 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? What does it say? All the practical matters that Paul has been teaching lead to bringing praise and glory to God. What’s the backstory? In the New Testament, it is very clear that the Old Testament matters. There are several connections to the Old Testament that cross reference what we read in the New Testament. It is not only important to the encouragement it gives us, but the endurance that it gives our mind. What does it mean? Three principles: 1. Our purpose is God’s glory. 2. Not only in this passage does God give us our purpose, but He provides his Word and himself for our endurance and encouragement in our purpose. 3. Our purpose is to live in harmony and hospitality with believers because that glorifies God. What does it mean for me? The way we experience hospitality with others brings God glory. Hospitality is a state of mind which leads to action. Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Fourteen: When We Disagree
December 06, 2021 - 21 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? Romans 14 instructs readers to not do anything to cause a brother or sister to fall or stumble. We learn through this passage that we are the ones responsible for making efforts to cultivate peace and build those up around us. What’s the backstory? As the early church is being established, there in a specific dispute over whether Christians must abide by Jewish food laws. In this passage we find Paul giving instruction on how to interpret disagreements. First and foremost, he encourages readers to do what ultimately leads to peace. What does it mean? The principle of this passage is not about ceremonial foods, it is about what to do when we have different views within the kingdom of God. We are instructed to honor the one whose faith is weak and honor what they believe leads them to peace. What does it mean for me? As we go into the holidays, be mindful of what this means for you and do what leads to peace and mutual edification. ***** Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Thirteen: Love Does No Harm to a Neighbor
November 29, 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? 4. What does it mean for me? 1. What do the verses say? (We’ll be looking at two verses in particular) Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 2. What’s the backstory? What’s the context? Before we get to our own authorities, we’ve got to ask what it would have first meant to the first hearers of Paul’s letter. The civil rulers were most likely all pagan. Christians might have been tempted to ignore their civil leaders because of the corruption that influenced their government. The Christians of that day would have been looking for guidance on how to live as oppressed people under a morally bankrupt government. There is no doubt that the morality of the Roman Empire was darker than the morality of today. 3. How do we wrestle through principles together? (Remember the principle test: principles are timeless, transcend culture, and are harmonious throughout scripture). 4. What does it mean for me? Rather than a heart of violence or a critical spirit, what does it look like for me to say “love does no harm to my neighbor?” Think about the fact that Jesus deliberately came into the world during a morally dark time but did not come to overthrow the authorities of the day. What might that teach you about how to live today? ***** Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: GettyAleksei Morozov
Romans Week 12: A Living Sacrifice
November 22, 2021 - 23 min
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? 4. What does it mean for me? What does it say? Romans 12 gives us a clear picture of where we are going in the next few chapters. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly you are supposed to do as a Christian, you can find your answers in this chapter. What’s the backstory? The main backstory is that everything before this chapter mattered. Everything we are talking about now has to do with God’s mercy up to this point. What does it mean? And what does it mean for me? A few questions to ask yourself: 1. What does sacrifice look like for me in this season? 2. What does serving look like for me this season? 3. What am I drawn to in the love passage in this chapter? 4. What am I being called to overcome? Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
Romans Week Eleven: The Mystery and Clarity of God
November 15, 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 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? Paul has been building a logical argument over the course of Chapters 9, 10, and 11 to ultimately express his desires for all to be saved. What’s the backstory? At the beginning of Chapter 9 Paul sets the emotional tone for the letter. The whole tone of 9, 10, and 11 is from a place of grief and anguish for his community. This is not a tone of condemnation or anger, but a tone of sorrow. We begin to see another theme in 9, 10, and 11 which is mercy. He wants to convey to his beloved people that God is bigger than they think. What does it mean? God is God. There is mystery to the way he works, but there is clarity of what he wants us to know. When the mystery of God leads you to a place of anxiousness, you can lean back on the clarity of God. What does it mean for me? I may not know how all my sorrow is held together in Jesus, but I know that God is merciful, faithful, and has not let me down. If I don’t understand something, it does not mean that God doesn’t understand. Resources: Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty
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