Determining the context of what you will read
There’s a lot of material to present here – so I’m going to try to arrange it in a useful way. Part of that will involve color coding the text – as well as different fonts and using italics.
● The Letters will be put into logical groups – ones that are in some ways related. The grouping will be shown as the first few letters are posted.
● My comments will be in purple italics like this.
● Text from the book will be in pink, like this. I will be including only enough to show you the beginning and ending segments which are relevant to each question, as the book is still under Copyright. Each letter will also include both a link to open Amazon.com Cloud Reader and page / location information for the beginning of that letter.
● The questions will be in a plain, purple font like this.
● When you get to the answer pages, Bible text will be in a plain black font, like this. There will also be links to Biblia.com for each set of verses for your reference. Unless otherwise noted – I use the NIV – generally 1984.
● Where I have included a section heading from the NIV – it will be in bold text like this.
● Where Jesus speaks – His words will be in red like this.
● References from other sources will be in blue italics like this.
● Depending on the words used in each letter, there may be a vocabulary section at the end of the question section for that letter.
As far as how to use the guide – feel free to adopt your own method – but here’s what we did –
● The questions page was distributed to everyone in the group at least a week before we met to go over each chapter.
● In general – we did one chapter each week – meeting once a week in the evening. That gave plenty of time for discussion and other questions that came up.
● We went around the table – each person in turn reading the section from the book – the question(s) for that section – and answering the question. Sometimes – answering it would also include more questions.
● After that – it was open for the rest of the group to talk further – ask more – whatever – until everyone had a chance to say what they wanted for each one.
● Depending on how the discussion went – there were different possibilities for what to do with the answer portion of the guide:
○ Sometimes it wasn’t needed at all, since the discussion already covered everything.
○ Sometimes it was used to just close out / summarize the discussion.
○ It rarely happened – but if needed, it was available to be used to start a discussion.
Can I study in a group of one?
You may be asking – “Can I study alone – by myself – a group of one?Well – the short answer is yes -but there are “three others” that would love to join you – They are asking to join you -all you have to do is invite them.
1. God – the Father – who you will see in the very first letter asks all of us to (Isaiah 1:18) “Come now, and let us reason together…”
2. God – The Son – who was sent by the Father – (John 3:16) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. and who is asking you to let Him into your life – (Rev 3:20) Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
3. God – the Holy Spirit – who Jesus asked the Father to leave with us to be with us – (Jn 14:26) But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
So – yes – you could study by yourself – in a group of one.But it’d be much better in a group of four. Invite them into your group (whether you are one or ten together) – They are waiting.
I really hope this is of value to you and / or your group as you study this book.
Contact me – I’d love to hear back on how you’re doing with it – if you have any comments of suggestions.
Enjoy – and learn!