LifeChange Series In Prepub

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 15 2019 7:01 AM

The LifeChange Bible Study Series is in Prepub.

https://www.logos.com/product/167681/lifechange-bible-studies

I think this is one of the best bible study series available.  It teaches inductive Bible study skills as well as has excellent commentary elements in it.  It is also available in prepub as only NT or only OT as well.  Let's push this through Prepub.

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Rodney Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 15 2019 7:06 AM

Just placed my order..   Thanks!

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Matt Zimmerman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 26 2019 5:59 AM

WOW! I have been waiting for this one for years! This series has to be one of the most helpful bible studies I've ever encountered. Also, having made my way through several, because it's more of a fill in the blank, it has very little bias. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 27 2019 5:38 AM

Matt Zimmerman:

WOW! I have been waiting for this one for years! This series has to be one of the most helpful bible studies I've ever encountered. Also, having made my way through several, because it's more of a fill in the blank, it has very little bias. I HIGHLY recommend it!

Thanks Matt. I appreciate your comments and agree completely. IMHO this is the best study guide series available anywhere. The following is taken from the front of one of the lessons.

HOW TO USE THIS STUDY

Objectives

Most guides in the LifeChange series of Bible studies cover one book of the Bible. Although the LifeChange guides vary with the books they explore, they share some common goals:

1. To provide you with a firm foundation of understanding and a thirst to return to the book;

2. To teach you by example how to study a book of the Bible without structured guides;

3. To give you all the historical background, word definitions, and explanatory notes you need, so that your only other reference is the Bible;

4. To help you grasp the message of the book as a whole;

5. To teach you how to let God's Word transform you into Christ's image.

Each lesson in each study is designed to take 60 to 90 minutes to complete on your own. The guide is based on the assumption that you are completing one lesson per week, but if time is limited you can do half a lesson per week or whatever amount allows you to be thorough.

Flexibility

LifeChange guides are flexible, allowing you to adjust the quantity and depth of your study to meet your individual needs. The guide offers many optional questions in addition to the regular numbered questions. The optional questions, which appear as Sidebars, include the following:

Optional Application. Nearly all application questions are optional; we hope you will do as many as you can without overcommitting yourself.

For Thought and Discussion. Beginning Bible students should be able to handle these, but even advanced students need to think about them. These questions frequently deal with ethical issues and other biblical principles. They often offer cross-references to spark thought, but the references do not give obvious answers. They are good for group discussions.

For Further Study. These include: a) cross-references that shed light on a topic the book discusses, and b) questions that delve deeper into the passage. You can omit them to shorten a lesson without missing a major point of the passage.

If you are meeting in a group, decide together which optional questions to prepare for each lesson, and how much of the lesson you will cover at the next meeting. Normally, the group leader should make this decision, but you might let each member choose his or her own application questions.

As you grow in your walk with God, you will find the LifeChange guide growing with you—a helpful reference on a topic, a continuing challenge for application, a source of questions for many levels of growth.

Overview and Details

The study begins with an overview of the book. The key to interpretation is context—what is the whole passage or book about?—and the key to context is purpose—what is the author's aim for the whole work? In lesson one you will lay the foundation for your study of each book by asking yourself, "Why did the author (and God) write the book? What did they want to accomplish? What is the book about?"

In the second through the next-to-last lessons you will analyze successive passages of the book in detail.

In the final lesson you will review the book, resuming to the big picture to see whether your view of it has changed after closer study. Review will also strengthen your grasp of major issues and give you an idea of how you have grown from your study.

Kinds of Questions

Bible study on your own—without a structured guide—follows a progression. First you observe: What does the passage say? Then you interpret: What does the passage mean? Lastly you apply: How does this truth affect my life?

Some of the "how" and "why" questions will take some creative thinking, even prayer, to answer. Some are opinion questions without clear-cut right answers; these will lend themselves to discussions and side studies.

Don't let your study become an exercise of knowledge alone. Treat the passage as God's Word, and stay in dialogue with Him as you study. Pray, "Lord, what do You want me to see here?" "Father, why is this true?" "Lord, how does this apply to my life?"

It is important that you write down your answers. The act of writing clarifies your thinking and helps you to remember,

Study Aids

A list of reference materials, including a few notes of explanation to help you make good use of them, can be found in the Study Aids section of each lesson. This guide is designed to include enough background to let you interpret with just your Bible and the guide. Still, if you want more information on a subject or want to study a book on your own, try the references listed.

Scripture Versions

Unless otherwise indicated, the Bible quotations in this guide are from the New International Version of the Bible. Other versions cited are the New American Standard Bible (nasb), the Revised Standard Version Bible (rsv), The New Testament in Modern English (ph), and the King James Version (kjv).

Use any translation you like for study, preferably more than one. A paraphrase such as The Living Bible is not accurate enough for study, but it can be helpful for comparison or devotional reading.

Memorizing and Meditating

A psalmist wrote, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:11). If you write down a verse or passage that challenges or encourages you, and reflect on it often for a week or more, you will find it beginning to affect your motives and actions. We forget quickly what we read once; we remember what we ponder.

When you find a significant verse or passage, you might copy it onto a card to keep with you. Set aside five minutes during each day just to think about what the passage might mean in your life. Recite it over to yourself, exploring its meaning. Then, return to your passage as often as you can during your day, for a brief review. You will soon find it coming to mind spontaneously.

For Group Study

A group of four to ten people allows the richest discussions, but you can adapt this guide for other sized groups. It will suit a wide range of group types, such as home Bible studies, growth groups, youth groups, and businessmen's studies. Both new and experienced Bible students, and new and mature Christians, will benefit from the guide. You can omit or leave for later years any questions you find too easy or too hard.

The guide is intended to lead a group through one lesson per week. However, feel free to split lessons if you want to discuss them more thoroughly. Or, omit some questions in a lesson if preparation or discussion time is limited. You can always return to this guide for personal study later. You will be able to discuss only a few questions at length, so choose some for discussion and others for background. Make time at each discussion for members to ask about anything they didn't understand.

Each lesson in the guide ends with a section called "For the group." These sections give advice on how to focus a discussion, how you might apply the lesson in your group, how you might shorten a lesson, and so on. The group leader should read each "For the group" at least a week ahead so that he or she can tell the group how to prepare for the next lesson.

Each member should prepare for a meeting by writing answers for all of the background and discussion questions to be covered. If the group decides not to take an hour per week for private preparation, then expect to take at least two meetings per lesson to work through the questions. Application will be very difficult, however, without private thought and prayer.

Two reasons for studying in a group are accountability and support. When each member commits in front of the rest to seek growth in an area of life, you can pray with one another, listen jointly for God's guidance, help one another to resist temptation, assure each other that the other's growth matters to you, use the group to practice spiritual principles, and so on. Pray about one another's commitments and needs at most meetings. Spend the first few minutes of each meeting sharing any results from applications prompted by previous lessons. Then discuss new applications toward the end of the meeting. Follow such sharing with prayer for these and other needs.

If you write down each other's applications and prayer requests, you are more likely to remember to pray for them during the week, ask about them at the next meeting, and notice answered prayers. You might want to get a notebook for prayer requests and discussion notes.

Notes taken during discussion will help you to remember, follow up on ideas, stay on the subject, and clarify a total view of an issue. But don't let note-taking keep you from participating. Some groups choose one member at each meeting to take notes. Then someone copies the notes and distributes them at the next meeting. Rotating these tasks can help include people. Some groups have someone take notes on a large pad of paper or erasable marker board (preformed shower wallboard works well), so that everyone can see what has been recorded.

We have included a list of some good sources of counsel for leading group studies. The Small Group Letter, published by NavPress, is unique, offering insights from experienced leaders every other month.

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 16 2019 4:42 AM

Yes  This is a great study guide series.  A lot of the hard work of Bible Study is done for us.  They have selected key sections from a number of excellent commentaries as well as guide us in our inductive study of each Bible book.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 16 2019 2:32 PM

Huge and Expensive upgrade!

DAL

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 16 2019 3:15 PM

DAL:

Huge and Expensive upgrade!

DAL

Especially when I have had it from another provider for many years for a much cheaper price.  It would be nice in Logos but not at that price.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 16 2019 4:36 PM

DIsciple II:

DAL:

Huge and Expensive upgrade!

DAL

Especially when I have had it from another provider for many years for a much cheaper price.  It would be nice in Logos but not at that price.

 I only have the 139 volumes that came included in one of my base packages upgrade.  I’ll use those for now since it’s plenty and I could use the same format to create my own lessons once I get the hang of it 👍😁👌

DAL

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