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 2PROAPT: An Overview

P Pray: Make a habit of always beginning your time in God’s word by talking with its Author. Ask God to calm you down, help you bring your problems to him and clearly understand and hear his voice as you read the text. This is not the time for long petitions, but rather to turn yourself over to God and say “I’m here. Let’s spend some time together. What do you want to say to me?”

P Preview: Preview the entire passage (or a bit more) by quickly reading all of it from beginning to end. Don’t worry right now about the details, just get an overall “road map” for what the passage looks like and where it sits in relationship to the verses before and after it. (e.g. for Habakkuk 1:12-2:1—Habakkuk has just learned that God is going to raise up the Babylonians to conquer Judah as judgment on their rebellion and is now questioning how God can do this because he is a holy God. God is then going to respond to this complaint in chapter 2.)

R Read: Now go back through the passage reading it much more slowly. Try to capture the exact essence of each thought and write it down as clearly as you can. The key question here is: What does the text say?

O Observe: Looking over your “Read” section and the text, highlight those 1 or 2 sections which really catch you at the moment. It may be helpful to try and outline parts of the passage, or focus on particular challenges or questions, or note words or phrases that don’t seem to make sense so that you can look at a commentary. Where do you sense God nudging, drawing your attention, or comforting you. The key question here is: What does the text mean?

A Apply: Now that you have spent some time digging in the text, plant your feet in the application section for a while—do not rush. One of Satan’s greatest ploys is to convince us that we are too busy or have something more important to do than sitting at the table with God. Focus on how God wants you to respond to this passage in very specific ways. As a result of God’s word to you in this passage:

 What are you going to do

 How could you change the way you think about God or relate to him

 What aspects of your life do you need to bring to him for guidance or healing


Now, and this is the most important thing, as a result of hearing God speak to you, you need to answer in a concrete, specific manner:

How will this affect my schedule over the next 2 days?

How will this affect my relationships over the next 2 days?


If you fail to make concrete plans regarding these two questions you will quickly find your time with God turning very inwardly focused, without much impact in your day-to-day lifestyle. When that happens, it becomes easy to start seeing God’s word as a burden instead of a joy.

P Pray: Once you have heard what God wants you to do, you need to ask for his help, power and wisdom to be able to carry out this application. Just because we know what God wants for us does not mean that we will automatically be obedient or able. In fact, most of what God calls us to do are things which we cannot do on our own, although we often try.

T Tell: Now that you have carefully placed yourself in a place where God can speak, listened intently for his voice through his word, discussed what it is he wants you to do/think/say as a result of your time with him and asked him to help you carry this out, it is vital that you tell someone else about this. The purpose of doing this is so that they can encourage you, pray for you and help you see how things are going. Most often we fail to realize that true community, biblical community, requires this sort of vulnerable, intentional, entanglement in each other’s lives. It is a purely secular point of view which says that my relationship with God is a private affair with no connection to other believers. God always relates to us in the context of a community.

Our Identity in Christ top
Good chapters to read about our identity in Christ: Psalms 139; Ephesians 1

Psalm 139:13-16 
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

1 Peter 2:9 
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light

Jeremiah 29:11 
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Ephesians 1:4-5 
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-

Ephesians 2:10 
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Psalm 139:1-4 
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

Colossians 2:13-14 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

John 1:12-13 
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

Galatians 4:6-7 
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

1 Samuel 16:7 
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

John 15:15 
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Romans 5:1-2 
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Colossians 3:12 
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Galatians 3:26-27 
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Psalm 138:8 
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever-do not abandon the works of your hands.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:14-15 
because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

Colossians 3:3-4 
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Ephesians 2:19 
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,

1 Thessalonians 5:5 
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

Philippians 3:20 
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Hebrews 3:14 
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

Matthew 5:13 
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

1 John 3:1 
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Matthew 5:14 
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden

1 Corinthians 3:16 
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

Romans 6:18 
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

1 John 5:18 
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 2:5 
you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:6 
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

To get notes on chapter 3 of Reason for God, click on the link below:
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Information on Christ's Resurrection     top 

William Lane Craig presentation on the resurrection (Video)

Craig was commissioned by a university in Munich, Germany to research the resurrection of Jesus.
What about other claims of people rising from the dead?
See this paper

For New Christians (top) (good for people have been Christians longer too):
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