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How to Study the Bible

with Nicole Unice

How to Study the Bible Episodes
Invitation to Integrity: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
July 12, 2021 - 23 min
Do you ever struggle with confronting a loved one’s sin? Is God calling you to speak the truth to someone you know? As Jesus walked through life, his greatest desire was to be obedient to the Father. He confronted sin; but also engaged, loved, and leaned into all kinds of relationships. We are called as people of integrity to align our emotions, words, and actions in pursuit of a God-honoring life. In this episode, Nicole walks us through 2 Timothy 3:1-5 where we learn that God desires us to be people that bring the gospel not just through our words, but through our actions. 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: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. *** 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/XtockImages
Seek Restoration: John 21:15-22
June 28, 2021 - 25 min
What does it mean to seek restoration in our relationships? Are we willing to do the work to reach mutual peace and understanding? In this episode, Nicole breaks down the narrative between Peter and Jesus in John 21. In this passage, Jesus models what true restoration looks like including the need for forgiveness, reconciliation, and repentance. We learn that we are forgiven in Christ because of the work Jesus did on the cross. We experience full forgiveness and have a mandate as believers to offer forgiveness to others. 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: John 21:15-22 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me? ”He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me? ”Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” *** 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
What is Truth: John 18:28-19:16
June 21, 2021 - 24 min
What does it mean to lead a life of love? In this episode, we are looking at the narrative between Pilate and Jesus in John 18-19. In this pivotal story, we learn about the nature of humanity and the difference between leading a life of fear and leading a life of love. It can be so easy to step out of a place of love and step into a place of fear. So what do you fear? What do you fear in your relationships? What do you fear when you think about being more loving, forgiving, or truthful? If we are not willing to look deeply at who we are, we will miss out on the joy and the miracle of Christ strengthening us in our places of weakness. 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: John 18:28-19:16 *** 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
It's a Mindset: Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 3:12-14
June 14, 2021 - 21 min
There are moments when we fail in our love towards others – it is inevitable! So how do we learn to love others fully, as Christ loves us, despite our earthly desires? Is there a relationship in your life where you desire more closeness? In the following passages, we will learn how to train our mindset to love others and how to put it into our daily practice. Through challenging relationships and difficult situations, Christ can transform us into his likeness. 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: Philippians 2:5-8 NLT - 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross. Colossians 3:12-14 NIV - 12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. *** 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/Francesca Bellini
The Promise of Victory: Romans 8:31-39
June 07, 2021 - 23 min
When did your heart start to wake up to God? Can you pinpoint when you fully understood the victory of Jesus? The promise of victory is a foundational truth for how we understand ourselves, engage in growing with Christ, and engage in loving others. The promise of victory states that you cannot mess up enough to leave the dominion of God's love, and you cannot condemn yourself enough to be separated from the love of Christ. If God is powerful, who can bring a charge against the most powerful one? If God is justified, who could condemn that justification? Can anything separate us from the love of God? Through scripture, we are convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God. When we are confident of this, we can step into our lives differently. 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: 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." [j] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. *** In this series, we're going to walk through the idea that Jesus is the teacher, and his classroom is your life. Your experiences, your struggles and joys, all of that is the living stuff that Jesus uses to teach you about himself and the kingdom of God. *** 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/nadia_bormotova
The Miracle of Hope: 1 Peter 1:3-9
May 31, 2021 - 20 min
There is a kind of joy present when you understand your salvation. It changes the way you look at trials; you begin to see that those trials are important to your faith. And when you have joy in your salvation, and you experience those trials that are important to your faith, you get to remember these deep promises that come with salvation - that you have been made new, that you have a new birth, and that you have a hope that exists and is alive. You have an inheritance that is a reward, kept for you in eternity. Our creator knows our tendencies to doubt what we cannot see and to give up when the going gets tough. So he’s given us this gift called living hope. What is hope? It is an active, robust experience of believing that there is more for us in the future than we can see in the present. This can reframe our trials, our grief, everything that feels frustrating or stuck. That’s why I believe that living hope is a miracle. 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: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. *** 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/Ponomariova_Maria
Unveiled: Jonah – God’s Grace Extends in All Directions
May 24, 2021 - 22 min
Out of this story of Jonah’s failure (and obedience), we see God’s grace extended not only to the people who are wicked, but also to the person who is considered righteous. God extends his grace in both directions because God isn’t just looking at actions, he looks at our heart. What Are the Principles in Jonah? 1. God loves the people you think are against you. Think of the people or place you least enjoy. God’s grace extends to even to them. What Does the Book of Jonah Mean for Me Today? 1. Who is my Nineveh? Where is my Nineveh? Who are the people, person, or group that God might be asking you, “Do you know my grace extends to them as well as you?” 2. Are you willing to give love as your first response to those people you feel are against you? Do you want their repentance and for them to receive grace? 3. “Those who cling to worthless idols will forfeit the grace that is theirs" - Jonah 2:8. Dwell on the word “forfeit.” Am I showing up for grace? Or am I clinging so tightly to something important to me, that I am not showing up for the grace given to me? 4. Worship! Dwell on the gift of God’s grace in your life today! *** Next week, we start a brand-new series on my new book, The Miracle Moment. We’re going to walk through the idea that Jesus is the teacher, and his classroom is your life. Your experiences, your struggles and joys, all of that is the living stuff that Jesus uses to teach you about himself and the kingdom of God. You can check out here! To learn more or to join Nicole's launch team, visit https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/. If you order the book in advance, you will also get a FREE 30-day coaching group. *** Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/xochicalco
Unveiled: Seeing David as a Shadow of the Christ to Come
May 17, 2021 - 19 min
In this episode, Nicole unpacks Jesus' authority on earth through the fullness of David’s heart in Matthew 22:41-46 and Psalm 110. In Matthew 22:41-46, we see the Pharisees relentlessly asking Jesus questions to trap him. However, Jesus turns the tables on them prophetically and profoundly through Psalm 110. Jesus reveals to them that he fulfills any prophet, priest, and king of the time. David was just a shadow of what was to come. Jesus was continually moving his life towards a sacrificial end and ushers in a whole new way of life. In this episode, Nicole covers: 1. Why Jesus quotes David’s psalm when speaking to the Pharisees (Psalm 110) 2. What Matthew 22 reveals about Jesus (Matthew 22:41-46) Principles in this Passage of Scripture: 1. Jesus is not only your savior, but he dwells within you. You have access to the wisdom, knowledge, and purposes of Christ. 2. God himself will reveal more of himself through you. Not only is he our savior, but our leader, teacher, and friend. Question to ask yourself: Do you allow God to reveal himself through you? Next Week we will look at the story of Jonah! Be sure to check out Nicole's newest book, ! To learn more or to join Nicole's launch team, visit https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/. Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/gldburger
Unveiled: Seeing the Gospel in the Story of Ruth
May 10, 2021 - 23 min
The book of Ruth is a love story... but maybe not in the way you think it is. In this episode, Nicole unpacks the Old Testament book of Ruth. Ruth was so valuable and crucial to the life of Jesus Christ that she is even named in his genealogy. The book of Ruth is a love story of redemption. In this episode, Nicole covers: 1. What a Kinsman-Redeemer is (Ruth 2:19-20) 2. What moral righteousness means (Chapter 3:9) Principles in this Passage of Scripture: 1. God's redemption extends to every true Israelite. God's chosen people extend beyond lineage. There is comfort in the fact that God's grace extends to the ends of the earth. 2. God uses human needs to extend his principle of grace. Questions to ask yourself: What have you perceived as beyond the care of the Lord? What feels hopeless or too far gone outside of his redeeming love? Next Week's Scripture: Matthew 22:41-46, Psalm 1:10 Be sure to check out Nicole's newest book, ! To learn more or to join Nicole's launch team, visit https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/. Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/vinap
Unveiled: Moses (Numbers 21:4-9)
May 03, 2021 - 19 min
This story is mysterious and frankly, a little weird. But when you know what it means in the context of the narrative of Scripture, it makes so much more sense. Context: In this part of the exodus, the people are impatient to get to the Promised Land. “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” In doing this, they speak against God’s grace. When God withdrawals his grace, he leaves the Israelites open to the natural dangers of the wilderness (dangerous snakes, in this case). He wants his children to see their entitled attitudes. But as soon as they turn toward him, he gives them a way back to him. What Does This Story Mean? John 3:14-17: Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." Here are God’s people, spurning his grace, and in doing so, are choosing death. That death can only be relieved by looking to this snake that has been lifted up. There is a choice to be made. Jesus himself says in John that the whole point of that passage is to point to what is going to happen through himself. What Does This Mean for Me? When you hear this story, what is your response? If you lack understanding or doubt, have you asked God to unveil your understanding? Our Verses for Next Week: Ruth 1-4 Be sure to check out Nicole's newest book, ! To learn more or to join Nicole's launch team, visit https://nicoleunice.com/miraclemoment/. Follow Nicole: | | Episode Image Credit: Getty/vinap
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