Hebrews, NLT Life Application Bible Studies
it is a good tool for group discussion
The questions opening thinking as to how what we learn is applied to our daily lives is what makes this book so helpful to our group.
July 8, 2011
Excellent Bible Study Booklet for Group Studies
Tyndale House has expanded the reach of its excellent Life Application Study Bible through its line of Life Application Bible Studies. These study books offer the text from the Life Application Study Bible for a specific book of the Bible, and add a study guide and workbook. The result is a perfect Bible Study booklet for use in small group Bible studies.
I was privileged to get the "Hebrews NLT Life Application Bible Studies" booklet through my participation in the Tyndale Blog Network. This study booklet on Hebrews is packed full of information and provides a wonderful resource to be used in all kinds of different Bible studies or small groups. Students of every level will benefit from the text study notes and the well framed questions in the workbook.
While one could argue against including the introduction to the New Living Translation and the Life Application Study Bible in a simple Bible study booklet, I actually enjoyed reading through that material. It increased my respect for the NLT translation, and made it easier to follow the study notes as presented in the Life Application Study Bible text.
After the text is given, the 13 lessons on Hebrews follow. Don't think the lessons line up perfectly with the chapters of Hebrew (13 lessons for 13 chapters), they don't (which I think is a good thing). The study follows the flow of Hebrews more closely. Each study starts with a reflection section, asking questions which will draw the reader into the topic the lesson is focusing on. Then the section of the text of Hebrews to read for that lesson is noted, along with which study notes are especially helpful to read. Some questions about the reading follow, and then a "realize the principle" section states the main point of the lesson in a few sentences. Several more questions follow and then a "respond to the message" section includes questions designed to help the reader/student apply the lesson to their life. A "resolve to take action" section sums up the application to be gained from that lesson, and a few points for further study are offered.
I found the questions to be both practical and true to the text. The study is careful but it doesn't go too in-depth. The "for further study" section allows Bible study groups who want to, to explore the deeper or more controversial areas of the text. And the study notes in the text that aren't read could provide some help for this.
What's also nice about the study booklet is that there are spaces provided for the answers to each question to be recorded. The text is in the booklet so everything you need is in one handy source. Not every study member is likely to have the NLT text so it is nice to have it in the booklet for one to compare with their own translation. Literal translations will make a great comparison to the NLT and allow the careful reader to observe how and where the NLT makes the meaning of various passages more explicit for modern readers.
The study on Hebrews would make for an excellent adult bible study. It's well done and allows enough of a gap for a small group leader or teacher to add his own unique input into the study. I recommend this study booklet to everyone most heartily.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Tyndale House for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
May 23, 2011
If you like the New Living Translation of the Bible (in my opinion it is a paraphrase that takes too many liberties) and/or you like the Life Application Study Bible, this Bible study would interest you. In a 13 lesson in-depth study, the authors tackle one of the toughest books in the Bible with a focus on understanding and application.There are notes on background, history, geography, culture, charts and maps. I did learn a few things. The study itself is suitable for individual or group use. And you don't have to use the NLT; any translation will be do-able.
August 24, 2009
I have quite enjoyed using this Hebrews, NLT Life Application Bible Studies guide. This book is wonderful whether you are on the go or are just looking to have all your information in one place. Ive found this guide incredibly useful for myself and imagine that others will greatly benefit from it as well.You can use this study guide for self study, a small group, or even as guide to go by at church. You can use this guide alone, or with other sorts of resources though its not required because I imagine that most people will get a lot of this guide as it is.This guide is fairly simple to use. The first part of this book includes the complete text of Hebrews(NLT), easy to understand study notes, application notes, and biblical profiles along with maps & charts as they would appear in the Life Application Study Bible.Part 2 of this guide includes thirteen lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical application. Plenty of space to right answers to the through provoking questions and special application to help you map out your own personal action plan.Each lesson is made up of six parts: * Reflect * Read * Realize * Respond * Resolve * MoreTyndale has done a wonderful job putting together everything that someone would need to encourage one to grow in the knowledge of Scripture and to learn how to apply it to their lives. I highly recommend this study guide to everyone and find myself very likely to pick up their other guides as well.
June 24, 2009