April: The Three S.O.W. Questions

The Three S.O.W. Questions
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“Let’s stop there,” David said. “Now, let me teach you three questions that are used in the Church Planting Movements in the third world for bible study among people groups that are illiterate. Someone who can read, usually a child, reads one verse, which is enough for people to keep in their heads. Then three questions are asked, one at a time, and after each question each person in the room answers it, starting with the most spiritually mature and down to the newest Christian. In this way, the group comes to a common consensus about what they are reading, one verse at a time. Please write down the three questions now:”

What does this verse say?

What does it say that I should obey?

Who needs to hear this?

“This sort of bible study would take a lot of time,” said.

“But would any of that time be wasted?” David asked. He looked at each person, who eventually nodded. “So it would be time well spent.”

“We live busy lives,” said. “We wouldn’t have time for this.”

“Ah,” David said. “We do live in busy times. And how much of our time is wasted in busyness? Consider these poor, illiterate third world villagers. They have no cable TV with 350 channels of nothing worth watching. They have no internet. They have no radio to play contemporary Christian music.” David patted the Bible in front of him. “They have nothing to distract them from reading the bible, following Jesus and being with their families.”

“Lucky them,” said. “When baseball season starts, it’s as if my husband left us.” The group laughed.

“We had this same free time over a hundred years ago,” David said. “And when we were children. Ever said to your parents, ‘There’s nothing to do?'” Heads nodded. “We still have the same amount of free time; we just waste it on technology as a means to avoid what is more important. Would you agree?”

Heads nodded. “How much time do you spend watching reruns of a television show you’ve seen before?” David asked. “That’s the real purpose of technology and entertainment for a lot of people: to avoid life. And to avoid people.”

“That’s why sports are great,” said. “No reruns!”

“Same with the weather report,” David retorted.

John 8:31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,

John 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

John 8:33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, ‘You will be made free’?”

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin.

John 8:35 The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever.

John 8:36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

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