We have a few days “off” before we start the book of Philippians next week. To help us all grow in reading the Word on a daily basis and to help us better study and apply the Bible, we’re taking the next three days to share a few tools for reading, understanding, and applying the Bible more effectively. For each of the next three days, we’ve picked three different Bible study methods and three key passages from Hebrews to help be more effective in studying and living out God’s Word.
Remember, the best method to study the Bible is the method that you will use. Keep engaging and studying scripture. His Word is a light, it is eternal, it stands firm (Psalm 119). Today’s method is the APPLE method. Using A-P-P-L-E, we’ll dig into Hebrews 12:1-2. Grab a journal, Bible, and pen to get started.
A- List any ATTRIBUTES about God you learn or observe from the passage. (Describe His character. What is He like?)
P- List any PROMISES from God you learn or observe from the passage . (What has He done? What will He do?)
P- List any life PRINCIPLES hidden in the text. (Are there commands? What is God asking of His people?)
L- List any LESSONS learned. (Any sins to avoid? Are there examples of ungodliness? What is God trying to teach His people? What is God trying to teach me?)
E- List any EXAMPLES to follow. (In what practical way can I implement this truth? What action needs to be taken?)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
A – Attributes of God
P – Promises of God
P – Principles to live by
L – Lessons to learn
E – Examples to follow
What did you learn from Hebrews 12:1-2 today using the APPLE method?