Gold & Honey - Week 2


Week 2 - Discussion Guide

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Describe a time when you misheard or misunderstood someone. What was the outcome? How would context have helped you in that situation?


What stood out most from the sermon? How did it challenge or grow your faith?

Principle #1 is to pray before you read. How often do you stop to pray before opening the Bible? What impact could you imagine this having?

Principle #2 is to slow down and pay attention. How much time do you give yourself to really notice the details and the intricacies of a passage when you read the Bible? What benefits have you seen from this?

When talking about principle #3, discover the author’s intended meaning, Dan described examples of hurt and pain caused by ignoring the author’s intended meaning. Has this happened to you before? If so, how?

Dan spoke about the importance of correctly handling the word of truth. How confident are you that, when you read the Bible, you are able to accurately understand what you read? Why or why not?

How can reading or studying Scripture in the context of community be a help to your bible study?


Dan explained with principle #4 and #5 how important the historical and literary context of a passage can be. Practically speaking, how can you be sure to incorporate these during your Bible reading?

What is one practical step you can take to be a better student of the Scriptures, someone who truly correctly handles the word of truth?

As a group, try implementing the five steps that Dan mentioned on a passage like Jeremiah 29:11 or 1 Corinthians 3:1-23. Then, discuss your insights, what you think the passage means, how it applies, and where you struggled.


Pray that as you come to God’s Word this week in your devotions that they would be a tool for you and your group to foster an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus (John 5:39).


To go deeper in your relationship with God and others, here are some next steps for you:

1. Attend How to Study Your Bible taught by Dan Hamel

If we’re honest studying the Bible can be hard without the right tools. We all have questions like, “Where do I begin?”; “How do I know if my interpretation is right?”; “How do I apply what I read to my life?”. In this class Dan is going to give you a few steps that can enhance your Bible Study times. This class begins August 21st from 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Rd. in Atrium B.

2. Join us for Welcome to the Creek. This is a place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. This experience occurs the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month in South Room 2 during the 11:00am service. If you attend Shelby Street, you can make an appointment for a Welcome to the Creek session here.

3. Check out the Dwell app. This is a new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. You can download this app on your mobile device. More information can be found at