Whether you are teaching a class, leading a small group, discipling an individual, or studying Financial Stewardship on your own, this study guide is designed for you! Here’s how it works:
Each study consists of a Lesson, Outline, Teacher’s Guide, Discipleship Questions, Answer Key, and Scriptures. Some studies also have additional information.
The teacher reads the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide aloud. Each student follows along with their copy of the Outline.
Once the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide is read, the teacher then facilitates discussion and study using the Discipleship Questions or Teacher’s Guide questions (the questions are all the same). The teacher reads aloud one question at a time and has the group discuss and answer it. Then, repeat the process for the next numbered section. For the teacher’s use and convenience, the Answer Key is provided, or the answers can be found underlined and boldface under each numbered section of the Teacher’s Guide. The group should use their Outlines to assist them in answering the questions.
Whenever a question mentions a specific scripture, the teacher should be sure to have the group look it up in their Bibles and read it together before answering the question. Interaction with the group over the scriptures and points from the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide is encouraged. One individual should not dominate the discussion, but the teacher should try to draw out the quieter ones for the group conversation. As much as possible, keep the discussion centered on the scriptures and the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide points at hand. Remember, the goal is understanding (Matt. 13:19).
Then, the process is repeated until all of the questions are discussed/answered. As a brief review before launching into the next lesson, the teacher may wish to go over the answers from the previous Lesson or Teacher’s Guide with the group.
The additional information in some studies is geared toward the teacher and contains resource recommendations for further study.
Scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible are included as another tool for reference and meditation.
For personal study, read the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide. Then, answer the questions and check your work with the Answer Key/Teacher’s Guide answers. For maximum impact, the teacher should utilize the additional information, if provided, and Scriptures section.
Printable files of the Outline, Discipleship Questions, and Scriptures can be found on the CD-ROM included with this book. Copies may be made for each person in the group.Outline for Group Study:
|I. Briefly review the previous study by going over the Answer Key/Teacher’s Guide answers for the Discipleship Questions/Teacher’s Guide questions.|
|II. Read the current Lesson or Teacher’s Guide aloud.|
|A. Be sure that each student has a copy of the Outline.|
|B. While the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide is being read, students should use their Outlines to follow along.|
|III. Once the Lesson or Teacher’s Guide is read, facilitate discussion and study using the Discipleship Questions/Teacher’s Guide questions.|
|A. Read aloud one question at a time.|
|B. The group should use their Outlines to assist them in answering the questions.|
|C. Have them read aloud each specifically mentioned scripture before answering the question.|
|D. Discuss the answer/point from the Lesson, as desired.|
|E. Then repeat the process until all of the questions are discussed/answered.|
|IV. Distribute copies of the Discipleship Questions to be worked on as homework.|
Study guide, Bible, and enough copies of the Outline and Discipleship Questions for each student.
Outline for Personal Study:
|I. Read Lesson or Teacher’s Guide.|
|A. Read additional information, if provided.|
|B. Meditate on the given scriptures, as desired.|
|II. Answer Discipleship Questions/Teacher’s Guide questions.|
|III. Check your work with the Answer Key/Teacher’s Guide answers.|
Study guide, Bible, and a writing utensil.