I just finished this Bible study, and I cannot tell you how much my life has been blessed by it. Each lesson has the same sections: Reflection, Situation, Observation, Exploration, Inspiration, Reaction, Life Lessons, Devotion, and Journal. Reflection sections get you to connect your life with something in the lesson. Situation sections give background info. Observation sections is the actual Scripture readings, and Max includes both the NCV and NKJV in each lesson. Exploration sections dive deep into the verses with thought-provoking questions and plenty of space to write the answers. Inspiration sections include excerpts from Max's other books that go with that lesson (loved these parts!). Reaction sections connect the Scriptures to your life. Life Lessons sections wrap up the lesson and give practical ways to incorporate the chosen Scriptures into your life- hence the "Life Lessons" title of the book.Devotion is a prayer and additional Scriptures that pertain to the lesson. Max chose specific stories about Jesus so that we could incorporate Jesus' teachings in our own lives. Extremely powerful, extremely effective. You will not study every verse of the book of John in this study. However, if you use a Life Application Bible along with these Life Lesson studies, you can read each verse on your own and use the Life Application commentary to deepen your study. I can't wait to start the next one!
I am using this Bible study guide for a small group who are new to Bible study and are starting out to seek basic knowledge of the Bible. This study is great for the basics. It does skip some pertinent areas of John, which one should go back and delve into for a more complete understanding of Jesus' life. However, for a study that's non-threatening to beginners who are self-conscious about their lack of knowledge, it's perfect.