How to Study the Bible

By Nicole Unice

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We want to experience God through the Bible… we really do!

But our good intentions fall flat when reading the Bible just doesn’t seem to help us experience God in a real way. What should feel dynamic and important and alive often feels confusing and boring and irrelevant. But it doesn’t have to.

In this eight-episode podcast, pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by walking listeners through her Alive Method of Bible study, helping us personally encounter God through his Word by giving us a practical, clear road map for understanding, interpreting and applying Scripture to our lives.


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Episode 8: Hearing God through His Word for a Lifetime
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You’ve got the plan, you know what to do, but now you’ve got to do the work. We’re all prone to laziness or apathy, but if you truly want to hear from God through his word for a lifetime and be transformed, you’ve got to make an effort.

Here are a few steps you can take to build on the success you’ve had so far:
1. Maintain the Habit
2. Always Be Somewhere in Scripture
3. Set Short and Attainable Goals
4. Seek to Live in Community
5. Teach Somebody Else

Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: http://urlme.cc/vzQp

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 31, 2020
Episode 7: Putting It All Together
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It’s amazing what 15 minutes with God can do to our perspective, our attitude and our actions in one day. Putting the Alive Method together, Nicole walks you through all 4 questions we've unpacked in previous episodes using one passage of Scripture.

(It might be a good idea to have your Bible, notebook and a pencil for this episode, as we’re getting practical and applying everything we’ve talked about here!)

For more, check out:
Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: http://urlme.cc/vzQp

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 29, 2020
Episode 6: Making it Personal – What Does It Mean for Me?
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Let’s review the first three questions you ask of Scripture:

1. What does it say? Can I restate what the passage says?
2. What’s the backstory? What’s our context and history in the time it was written?
3. What does it mean? What is the principle at play, what is it teaching me about God and our interaction with him?

Today, we’ll unpack question four – What does this mean for me? All of our work in studying and understanding the Bible is all meant to move us to this place: where our lives are transformed by who and what we know.

What can Scripture give us?
1. Encouragement and priorities for the hard or mundane seasons of life.
2. Conviction leading to repentance when we sin (2 Corinthians 7:8-13).
3. Worship as a response to what we now know about who God is and what he has done!

For more, check out:
Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: http://urlme.cc/vzQp

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 28, 2020
Episode 5: What to Do When You Get Stuck
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In this episode, we’ll look at the three most common issues that can derail our Bible study and how we can overcome them:

Problem 1 - These passages contradict! How can I possibly find the meaning?

Questions to ask yourself: What else happens in Scripture related to this topic, beyond this verse? Is it bound in a cultural time or is it a timeless principle?

Problem 2 - It seems like the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament disagree.

Questions to ask yourself: What if I’m wrong? Have I read both the Old and New Testament in their entirety? Have I explored the backstory?

Problem 3 – The Old Testament doesn't seem relevant in my life.

Questions to ask yourself: Have you read large passages (several chapters or even an entire book) of the Old Testament at once? Can you read it for the larger story and not only read at the verse level?

Resources Mentioned:
The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight: http://urlme.cc/Ll8q

For more, check out:
Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: http://urlme.cc/vzQp

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 27, 2020
Episode 4: Unpacking Principles and Finding Meaning
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“The minute you have asked ‘why?’ – you have become a theologian.” – Carolyn Custis James

First, the bad news: you might be a little uncomfortable with this part, at least a first. But the good news (and it really is good news!) is that as you know more, it more it becomes easier to pull the principle out of Scripture.

In this episode, Nicole talks about the five filters we use to understand what a passage is teaching us about God, ourselves, and the world we live in:

1. Is the principle or theory reflected in the passage?
2. Is the principle timeless?
3. Does the principle transcend culture, gender, age, status, etc.?
4. Is the principle harmonious with the rest of Scripture?
5. Is this principle relevant then and relevant now?

For more, check out:
Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: http://urlme.cc/vzQp

Grasping God’s Word by Duvall and Hays: http://urlme.cc/DNlP

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 13, 2020
Episode 3: Digging Deeper - What’s the Backstory?
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If you’ve ever gone to a play, you’ll have been handed a playbill before the program began. This playbill gives you some important information like the characters, the setting and the scenes you’ll see when the lights dim. The backstory helps us engage with what’s in front of us.

When we read the Bible, we also need a backstory. The problem is, we often want it to ignore the backstory and apply the Word immediately to our lives instead of asking what it meant to the original audience. But when we do this, we misapply Scripture.

Join Nicole in this episode as she unpacks how we can understand what’s going on behind the scenes of the passages we read.

Nicole’s Favorite Study Bible: The NIV Study Bible - http://urlme.cc/AvRn

Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 2: The Basics of Bible Study
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Here’s a secret of the universe: there are always basics of everything. If you want to be physically fit, you have to do cardio and strength training. If you want to be a good cook, you have to learn how to chop, mix spices and know how flavors complement one another. And if you want to be good at reading and understanding the Bible, there are basic skills you need to learn as well.

In this episode, we’ll unpack just what those fundamental skills are, through Nicole’s 'Alive Method,' by asking four basic questions of every passage of Scripture.

Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 11, 2020
Episode 1: Three Common Obstacles to Understanding the Bible
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Most of us want to hear from God, but when we actually go to the Bible, it feels irrelevant, archaic or just plain confusing. In this episode, Nicole addresses three of our common obstacles we face in spending time in the Bible and how to get past those into a vibrant relationship with God through His Word.

Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK

You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/
And on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

Jan 10, 2020