Week 5 – Celebration of Discipline: Study

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my absence from our study group.  I’d like to make an excuse about how busy I’ve been, or how preoccupied I’ve become with memorizing Leviticus, but the truth is, I started a study group about discipline and haven’t been disciplined enough to keep it up.  What irony that this week is about the discipline of study.
Sorry guys.  No excuse.  But I’m back now, and excited to talk about this week’s discipline.
This is one of my favorite chapters in Foster’s book.  Since I was in college, I’ve always loved reading and discovering why I believe what I believe.  I was raised in the church, and took many things about Christianity for granted.  Yes, we should have child-like faith, but we should also be prepared to give a reason for the hope we have.  It’s incredibly easy to neglect this beautiful discipline (as made painfully obvious by my absence), but oh, how important it is!
In his study guide for this chapter, Foster reminds us, “Unless we set before ourselves an ‘habitual vision of greatness,’ we will surely degenerate.”  I shudder to think about the ratio in my life of time spent reading vs time spent watching Netflix.  I’ve been trying to set aside a regular time each morning to read and study, and I’m learning that I have to guard that precious time and be very intentional with it.
As you read this week, answer the questions below and let’s discuss!
It’s good to be back with you guys.
Study Questions
1) What is study? (This is an important question, because so many Christians do not know its answer.)
2) Outside of the Bible, what book has had the most profound impact upon your own life? Why?
3) List three things that you could do this next week in order to follow the dictum of Socrates: know thyself.
4) Study a plant or tree for ten minutes and then write down what you learn from the experience.
Daily Scripture Readings
Sunday: The call to study / Proverbs 1:1–9, 23:12, 23.
Monday: The source of truth / James 1:5, Hebrews 4:11–13, 2 Timothy 3:16–17.
Tuesday: What to study / Philippians 4:8–9, Colossians 3:1–17.
Wednesday: The value of study / Luke 10:38–42.
Thursday: Active study / Ezra 7:10, James 1:19–25.
Friday: Study in the evangelistic enterprise / Acts 17:1–3, 17:10–12, 19:8–10.
Saturday: The study of a nonverbal book / Proverbs 24:30–34.