How to Teach the Peacock Walk Bible Study Series

Preface

Each book focuses mainly on on Person of the Trinity: the Father, Son or Holy Spirit, but not in isolation. All three are indeed one and minister to us in unity.

sealOur Amazing God! focuses on the unfathomable horizon of our Father’s greatness. When we are feeling weak, reconnecting with the tremendous greatness and goodness of God is revitalizing.

Our Foundational Salvation! provides an astounding look at Jesus our Messiah and the enormity and power of our Salvation. Can you imagine over 70 blessings God has prepared for us simply because we have trusted Him by faith? All these blessings happen at the very moment of our Salvation. When we believe, we receive all these blessings without having to do a thing but to understand and accept.

Abundance Awaits! focuses on all the unique abilities & capabilities we have as believers. The indwelling Holy Spirit empowers us to walk by faith. Over 150 new abilities are presented in detail with Scripture references to encourage us to succeed in pleasing God and experiencing a fulfilling and satisfying life.

Let’s dig in. This book is prepared for use either with Teacher and Student or as a self-paced or Journaling experience. Read the tips below for fitting the materials to your needs.

Teaching & Study Tips

Notes to the Teacher

This study is designed to cover 15 or more lessons, depending on the needs of the group or individuals. There are many natural places to pause within chapters if needed, then continue the lesson the following week. Please allow about 2 hours for each study: 1½ hours of teaching, learning and discussion and one-half hour for prayer time. This is Bible boot camp for believers! The study is intended to be foundational for their future studies, so set the tone and pace accordingly.

Each chapter is broken down into four sections: Dictionary Definition, Scripture Amplification, Application and Conclusion. At the end of each chapter is an article, poem or Scripture for a “Selah” moment of rest and review.

Most chapters include exercises to stimulate first-hand reading of our most wonderful source for understanding God: the Bible. Answers are provided at the back of the book in an Answer Key for students and teachers. A study outline is provided to help you see the overall progress of your study.

It is a good practice to set the ground rules at the FIRST meeting so that expectations are understood by the group, such as:

Encourage the group to ask questions and make comments. Participation enlivens the study, ensuring that it goes beyond an academic exercise. However we have a lot of material to cover; and if there are too many rabbit trail questions or comments, our time will evaporate. Therefore the leader’s responsibility is to “rein in” the conversation so all can remain on point and everyone has a chance to participate. The study of God’s Word and basking in the beauty of God’s Person is our focus, and the material before us is designed for that purpose.

Establish the start and end times (and stick to them). If the posted meeting time is 9:30 am, then start asking someone to open in prayer at 9:35. If 11:30 am is the closing time, end your teaching at 11:00 and allow 30 minutes for prayer.

Ask the group to turn the cell phones down, unless there could be an emergency.

If you need to eat snacks for health reasons, please feel free to do so. (At one point we had snacks before class, but then that tended to make the beginning of class very late. It works out better to ask if anyone wants to go out to eat after class, then take off to a local eatery.)

General Tips

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. Pray for wisdom, enlightenment, salient application first for yourself and then for the class. Then pray for individuals in the class. Ask for the love that the Lord possesses to flow through you to your hearers.

Students must bring their own Bible each week because this study is Bibleintensive. The verses in this study are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), which is a very reliable, accurate translation. Other good translations such as the King James and New King James Versions add to understanding the passages.

Encourage home preparation of the materials, but be prepared that not every student may go over the lesson before class.

Work through the study guide as though you are opening wonderful gifts at a party, because you are! Have the students fill in exercises as you go. They can also make notes as there is some space in the margins provided for that. Have the students read the text aloud by turns, so they stay engaged and you are not talking all the time.

I suggest that in your preparation that you read over the lesson early in the week. Then watch how the Spirit highlights subjects that are found in the lesson, during your normal Scripture reading. Some things that happen in your life during the week can augment your understanding and can be used for illustrations.

Sometimes I use Hebrew terms or names, such as Yeshua for Jesus; Tenach for Old Testament, Old Covenant; Brit Hadashah for New Testament, New Covenant; and Messiah for Christ. I like to keep in mind that the Bible is a very Jewish book. I use the term congregation instead of church for the same reason.

I typically do not use the word Christian but substitute the word believer. The description Christian is no longer definitive and has been watered down too much. It has even been applied to groups that foster false teaching and do not hold to the absolute deity of Jesus, the Messiah. By believer I mean those who have put their trust in Jesus, Yeshua the Messiah, and have been born anew. Believers include both Old Testament saints who had faith in the coming Seed, the Lamb of God, the Perfect Sacrifice and those who (since the death of Jesus) have trusted in His death and resurrection.

If a couple of people tend to dominate the time and have not taken the hint when you interrupt them in class, talk to each one out of class. First ask God for wisdom on how to approach each one. Then entreat that person indicating that time is short, the study of the Word is the primary focus and emphasize the urgency for all to look to the Scriptures for guidance and direction. Interruptions to the class divert everyone’s attention and break concentration. Try to help the student understand that they are very important to the group and their part is to facilitate the declaration of God’s Word. The Lord knows your heart, love, concern and every detail of the circumstance. Trust Him to act with intelligence; then trust the Lord for His inventive solution to the problem and the development of your patience.

Prayer Time

Limit prayer time to 30 minutes, and that should include both receiving prayer requests and actual prayer time. If you have a large group, break up into groups of 3 to 5 people and pray for each member of the mini group.

Keep prayer requests concise and simple to discourage meddling and long stories, explanations and background. It is good to limit requests to a phrase or a sentence at most.

Each one should keep a list of the group’s prayer requests for their private prayers during the week. Each student can then update, add and delete requests in their own notes during class time.

Caution each person that what is said in class regarding prayer requests is NOT to be discussed outside of class. Gossip is detestable to God and a shame to all believers.

When praying aloud during class, keep students to three or four sentences at the most.

REMEMBER: The study of God’s Word is the primary reason for the meeting because the answers to many prayer requests are found in the Bible. Group prayer is important, but it is no substitute for personal prayer time at home.

Notes for the Student

Everyone can participate! Whether you write notes in the margins or fill in the blanks at home or during class is up to you. Either way, you will get to hear and read lots of Scripture! When it touches your heart or enlightens your thinking, write a note to yourself or use a highlighter to capture that insight. Isn’t it great how we can keep growing in our relationship to God and to one another? Enjoy!

Tips for Journalers

If you would like to study on your own, you’re not alone. Not everyone’s schedule permits a long-term commitment to studying that involves travel and regular meeting dates. You may have work or home responsibilities which preclude meeting attendance, or perhaps there are no local Bible studies that are available. Until you have the time and clear opportunity to join a group study, you are invited to take the initiative to work through the lessons, using margins and blank space to journal. An Answer Key is provided at the back of the book as a resource, but of course, use that only after thoroughly considering the Scriptures suggested. There is good content in many of the answers, so it may serve as a useful review for the material you have covered. We made the book beautiful just for you. May it remind you to slip away for study and prayer. Strive to be consistent. Remember, the Word of God feeds us. Be sure to keep on a healthy diet day by day.

You may want to view the online interviews with Candy and her students, or take the first couple of courses by watching them online. It’s the spiritually healthy thing to do, being open to the Holy Spirit’s leading and enlightenment. His guidance and presence is one of the blessings of our life in Jesus our Messiah.