How to Read the Bible Like a Human Being | Leader’s Guide Six: Mark 6:33-7:30

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Make Bible study exciting again by focusing on what Jesus experiencedinstead of just what he taught. How to Read the Bible Like a Human Being is a story-based approach that uses visualization and identification to connect you to Jesus as a real person. And it culminates with each person becoming a storyteller, by creating a narrative that views the passage through the eyes of one of the characters.

This Leader’s Guide includes participant materials for twelve weeks of high-impact study on four passages:

  • The Feeding of the Five Thousand: Jesus makes two tonsof food from five little rolls and some fish. But did it multiply in Jesus hands, in the baskets or on the way to hand it out?
  • Walking on Water: Jesus’ disciples were four miles out on the lake that night. If you could walk on water for two hours, would you try to skip, slide, jump the waves—or what?
  • Hand-Washing and Corban: The scribes had ruled that a rash vow (“You’ll never set foot in my house again!”) was irrevocable—and Jesus is not impressed.
  • The Syrophoenician Woman: What happens when a woman from a Power/Fear culture pleads for help from a healer from a Hebrew Honor/Shame culture?

These group studies are exclusively discussion-based, using questions crafted by a master coach who has taught asking skills to thousands for 25 years. Along with the companion Workbook, each of the four study outlines in this Leader’s Guide includes:

  • Discussion Questions:Over 200 incisive questions mean you’ll always have something to ask to keep the conversation going.
  • Setting Videos: Shot on location in Israel, these short videos put you right there where it happened.
  • Background Information: Learn about fascinating cultural details from Jesus’ day that influence how you read the story.
  • Free Texting App: Participants get one short text each weekday with a cool fact about the passage. It keeps peoples’ heads in the game during the week without having to assign homework.
  • Sample Narratives: Multiple-page re-tellings of the passage from one character’s viewpoint, with extensive footnotes explaining the story.
  • Companion Web Site:with orientation videos, research link pages, narrative writing resources, and much more.

About the Author
Tony Stoltzfus has decades of ministry experiences, including 25 years training professional Christian coaches on how to ask great questions like the one’s these materials are based on. He’s the author of 20 books, has founded several leadership- and missions organizations, and coached hundreds of pastors and para-church leaders. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 35 years and have two adult children.