How to Hear God’s Voice in Scripture
Session 5: Am I COMMITTED to Hear God’s Voice?
2 P.R.O.A.P.T. Review
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1, NASB)
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.
Q. How did this session make a personal impact? What stood out to you about this passage and the way that Chip demonstrated his personal study time?
Read Philippians 1:1-11 (NIV).
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
(a) PRAY: Write out a prayer to God, asking Him to speak to you clearly.
(b) PREVIEW: Quickly read the passage once. What is one thing that stood out to you?
(c) READ: Slowly read the passage a second time. What is something new that stood out to you?
(d) OBSERVE: Read the passage again for deeper understanding. Answer some of all of the following questions:
(1) What is the basic summary of events? How would you retell this in your own words?
(2) Who are the major players?
(3) What are some keywords or phrases?
(4) What comparisons or contrasts are made in this passage?
(5) What is confusing about this passage? What questions does it raise?
(6) Write a one-sentence summary of the meaning of this passage.
(e) APPLY: For you personally, how is God calling you to think or act differently?
(f) PRAY: Ask God for the strength to live in obedience to Him.
(g) TELL: Consider one or two people you might see this week. What you might tell them about what you learned in this passage?