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Session Guide

How to Hear God’s Voice in Scripture
Session 3: Am I POSITIONED to Hear God’s Voice?

Teaching Notes

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Personal Reflection Exercise

Pause a moment to pray and reflect on what you’ve just learned. Then spend some time alone (we suggest at least 15 minutes) to work through the following questions at your own pace.



(a) On a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself in each of the following ways in which one might “get a grasp” on God’s Word.


Hear: listening to sermons, audio versions of the Bible, etc.

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Read: spending time in God’s Word on your own.

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Study: focusing on a specific passage or book in Scripture.

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Memorize: committing verses to memory.

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Meditate: contemplating a specific verse or phrase from the Bible.

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(a) When it comes to reading and studying Scripture on your own, what are the barriers that keep you from practicing this spiritual discipline?



(b) In your opinion, why do you think it’s important to spend time in God’s Word on your own? Why isn’t it enough to simply hear a sermon once a week?






Read Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV).

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

12 Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees.

13 With my lips I recount  all the laws that come from your mouth.

14 I rejoice in following your statutes  as one rejoices in great riches.

15 I meditate on your precepts  and consider your ways.

16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.


(a) Read through this Scripture again and make a list of the actions in this passage.



(b) For you personally, what could it look like to rejoice and delight in God’s Word? Why do you think this is so important?



(c) When you hear the word “meditation,” what comes to mind? Based on this passage, how is meditation defined? How would you explain Biblical meditation to someone?



(d) Here’s the truth: if you know how to worry, you know how to meditate. Both actions are the same—focused thinking—but the objects of your thoughts are different. When a person worries, they think about potential harm or hardship, and the result is anxiety. When a person meditates, they think about the truth found in God’s Word, and the result is understanding and peace. Which would you rather have: anxiety or peace? Pick a verse from this passage and meditate on it a few times this week. Make the time to write down what you’ve learned.