They are thoughtful adults
and teenagers who want the language in the workbook to be understandable
and clear. Thought-provoking questions and an informal
yet structured atmosphere communicate to participants that their
intellect, opinions, and questions are being taken seriously.
The inductive approach to the scriptures helps them to take the
text seriously as well. They will be comfortable with the language
level, but they will be challenged with the level of thought.
They are reluctant to answer
obvious questions Questions
are foundational to any inductive study, but many Bible studies
err in asking obvious questions, in asking far too many questions,
or in jumping to the application without clarifying its connection
to the text. People who are not familiar with a typical Bible
study format have little patience for this. In the Bible Exploration
Workbooks, participants are trained to observe by initiating
their own questions and marking the text in specific ways. This
active approach appeals to their intellect and helps them see
how the more challenging interpretation and application questions
arise from the text.
They have little or no
knowledge of the scriptures Participants
may be lacking not only basic Bible knowledge but also the concept
of a supernatural God. The workbooks address this with an annotated
text, background notes, and schema-building activities. Each
workbook in the series begins with an introduction to the Bible
and God's plan of redemption. In the first Gospel of Luke workbook,
the first lesson introduces Genesis 1-3 . In the third lesson,
participants compare the temptation of Jesus with the temptation
of Eve. Their knowledge base builds as they progress through
the studies, especially in the Gospel of Luke where they follow
Jesus and his disciples through a continuing narrative.
They have various levels
of spiritual interest, and they may be unaccustomed to personal,
interactive group discussions. Although
the goal of the series is to lead people to Jesus, there is nothing
coercive in this Bible study. The tone is exploratory, and participants
are not required to publicly declare their own spiritual beliefs.
As they encounter Jesus in the Bible, they will be able to decide
for themselves what is true. The questions challenge them to
think and to respond, but the level of the class discussion is
kept comfortable for non-believers.