Today was #5 of 6 Bible study meetings with my girls. I think we’ll all miss our time together when our summer study ends.
If you’re following along, here’s what we’ve covered so far:
Here’s what you’ll need for this week’s lesson:
- SOAP worksheet (provided)
- Bible verse note cards (made at our first meeting)
- “Do Not Conform” worksheet (provided)
Here’s the verse we covered this week:
To discuss the verse, we worked through The SOAP Bible study method. This method is great for digging into a single verse of scripture. (You can read more about the SOAP method here.)
Below is the worksheet we used and how we talked through Romans 12:2 using the SOAP method.
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Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT
It pains me a little bit to use the NLT version on this one because the NIV version is so near and dear to my heart. However, when we read a couple different translations together, this is the one that resonated most with the girls. So, NLT for the win.
Here’s the verse from the NIV, just for kicks.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV
Again, we talked through the verse line by line.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world – There was much to talk about in this one line. To help the girls break down the concept of “conforming to the world”, I gave them this extra worksheet that we talked through together.
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but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think – Again, much to discuss here. We talked about how the world wants to change us on the outside. God, however, wants to change us from the inside out. He does this by changing the way we think (by renewing our minds).
How does God change the way we think? God uses His Word to change our minds. We’ll talk more about this next time. Promise!
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect – When we allow God’s Word mold and make us instead of the world, we are then able to know and experience God’s will for us – a will that is good, pleasing and perfect.
After we talked through the whole verse, the girls wrote a two sentence summary of what they learned.
For this section, I want the girls to simplify their observations into one take-home. Most wrote something like:
Let God change you – not the world.
Then they took their application response and wrote it into a prayer of commitment to God.
Here’s the quote at the bottom of the “Do Not Conform” Worksheet. It’s worth repeating again.
Now let’s all go and be that girl.
Have a great week all!
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