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How to Study the Bible

with Nicole Unice

New Series Starts Today! The Parable of the Sower: Luke 8:4-15

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We are kicking off a new series this week! Stories Jesus Told: A Series on Parables.

Today, we’re looking at the parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-15. In light of Jesus’ resurrection, let’s look back at the way of his teaching and the relevancy of his lessons for us today.

“A parable is not to tell us something new, but to remind us of something we’ve overlooked.” - Eugene Peterson

- 1. What does it say? -

Questions we might ask:

Who are the characters in this story?
Where does the seed land?
What happens to the seeds in the various places they land?
What is the text -not- saying? (We will use scripture to interpret scripture)

- 2. What is the background context? -

Parables use a story that would make sense to the listeners at the time--and Jesus then uses that story to lay down a spiritual truth. Parables are for those who are willing to receive: so we start today with this parable of “hearing.’

- 3. What does it mean? -

This parable is explained for us by Jesus, so we don’t have to reach far to find the explanation!

- 4. What does it mean for me? -

What kind of hearer of the Word are you? In this season of life, how does the Word land for you, when you hear it or read it? How can you receive the Word with joy today?

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April 18, 2022
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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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