At LTF we take the Bible very seriously and believe that as followers of Jesus we should spend time in the Word everyday. Each week we have new sections of Scripture to help students and parents get into the Word and allow it to renew their minds and transform their hearts to be more like Jesus. R.E.A.P. is a bible study system we use to get the most out of our time in the Bible.
We have been using this great study tool for a couple years now. We didn't come up with it, but we appreciate it greatly. The folks at Austin Stone Community Church have given this wonderful resource to the church. The following is from their own explanation of the R.E.A.P. system found on their website.
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Open your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, and train you (2 Timothy 3:16). As you’re reading, ask these questions:
• What is happening in this passage? What things are emphasized, repeated, related?
• What do you see about God? What is God doing in this passage?
• What do you see about man?
Spend some time reflecting. Ask yourself these questions, and write down your thoughts:
• How do you think the author wants his audience to respond?
• What do you learn about God’s character?
• What wrong beliefs about God and myself did I have?
After examining the passage, apply the text to your own life. Ask yourself these questions:
• How do I need to repent? What truths do I need to believe? What false beliefs must I turn from?
• What can I do – empowered by the Holy Spirit – today to apply this passage?
Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to change your heart and to change your life, based on the time you’ve spent in God’s Word.
A Video Example of R.E.A.P.
David Platt, former pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, in Birmingham, AL and currently the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board walks us through Genesis 22 using the R.E.A.P. method of Bible Study. This sermon was originally preached on January 26, 2014 and is part of the Love of God series found on The Church at Brook Hills website: HERE.