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To prepare for this week’s learning, read the items below: • Read pp. 36-49 in B

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To prepare for this week’s learning, read the items below: • Read pp. 36-49 in Bible Study that Works • Read Chapters 6, 11, and 15 in Living by the Book • Read the “Short List of Structured Relationships” WK2 Devotional Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel Philippians 1:27 International travel requires a passport — this document that proves your citizenship. These days, even travel to such far off places as Canada requires a passport to enter. You must show proof that you belong to a certain country, to a certain group of people. Truth is, your passport is not simply a travel requirement — it’s actually part of your identity. A passport yields power in unexpected ways, the power of our citizenship to define us, the power of being labeled as a person from a particular home country. Even though we may be aware of our passports and their importance, do we think about what it means for us to live as a citizen of our country? What does it mean for you to live as a good, engaged citizen? The truth is that citizenship comes with rights, the benefits of belonging to a country, and with obligations, the responsibilities and actions that are expected of citizens. You see, a key question in the early part of Philippians is, “How will you respond to hardship and persecution?” To answer this question, Paul intentionally uses the metaphor of citizenship in 1:27: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” The interesting thing about the phrase “conduct yourselves” is that it carries with it the meaning of “conduct yourselves as citizens.” Live as citizens and live up to the call and reality of being a citizen of Christ’s kingdom. Embrace the freedoms, and the obligations, that come with representing the place that is your true home. The folks in Philippi would have heard this message loud and clear. The Greco-Roman background believers would have known the benefits and the responsibilities that came with their Roman citizenship. The Jewish background believers would have understood what it meant to be Jewish, to be those who belonged to Zion, God’s holy city. They all would have clearly understood that the blessings of citizenship brought with them certain ethical and societal responsibilities. Paul used a metaphor that would have resonated well in Philippi. Paul goes on to say, it’s the same way with your life “in Christ.” Your citizenship in heaven determines how you live. You have benefits of being in Christ, as well as obligations of how you should live based on your citizenship. Don’t separate these two. Don’t embrace the benefits of grace and citizenship in Christ without also understanding and embracing the obligations grace puts on your life. Above all else, live your life and conduct yourself as a citizen of the kingdom in a manner worthy of the gospel. Consider this: This message would have resonated with Paul’s audience, and it should resonate with us. No matter what, our call is to live as citizens of His kingdom and to live worthy of the gospel of Christ. What is your response to this? WK2 Infer Key Questions Discussion Objective: Infer key interpretive questions within a passage. • Read pp. 44-49 in Bible Study that Works. • Read Chapters 6 and 11 in Living by the Book. • Look at the long list of questions that you have from doing your observation. • Choose the 3 most important questions that you have asked. These three questions should be the questions that are most crucial to answer to interpret the passage accurately. • Discuss why you think each one is a key question that must be answered to really understand your passage. • Engage with other students and their questions as you make your peer responses. Allow others work to help clarify yours. WK2 Observation Reflection Discussion Objective: Reflect on the experience of doing detailed observation. This week as you reflect on your experience doing detailed observation and really looking at the passage, think about something that you would have missed seeing in the passage had you not done detailed observation. What do you see now that you would not have seen without the discipline of slowing down to do detailed observation? Discuss one or two key things in the passage that you see now, but would have missed, without learning to do detailed observation. Interact with your classmates and learn from their experience as you make your peer responses. WK2 Detailed Observation Chart Instructions Objective: Strengthen the ability to make detailed observations of a text. This week you will again do detailed observation of a passage. You will carefully read the passage and observe the text. This week, however, you get to choose the passage you will observe. You may choose any paragraph sized passage in Jonah that you were interested in learning more about. • Choose a passage in Jonah that is a paragraph in length. This will be the passage that you will focus on as you do detailed observation. You will also live with this passage for the rest of the class. You will need to clearly identify the chapter and verses of your paragraph. • Create a chart to document your detailed observation from the passage in Jonah. Your chart must look like the example of a chart. You will use two columns: one column will be where you note your observation and one column will be where you note any questions that arise from your observation. • Make sure that your observations are specific and directly related to the text. You also need to make sure that you only write one observation per line in the table. This will become important because observation is where you are gathering all the detailed facts about a passage. • You will also need to make sure that you include at least 25 unique, specific observations of this passage. Fewer than 25 will result in points being deducted. All written assignments should be formatted using APA 6th Edition. WK2 Structural Relationship Response Previous Next Instructions Objective: Identify the main structural relationships in a passage. As you observe your passage, you will also be looking for structural relationships at work. Remember, structural relationships are the way that authors arrange their writing so that their main points can be communicated clearly. You can notice structural relationships by looking at the way the sentences in your paragraphs interact or relate to each other. • Read pp. 36-43 in Bible Study that Works • Read Chapter 15 in Living by the Book • Read the “Short List of Structural Relationships” • Identify 3 structural relationships at work in your passage. o Then for each structural relationship you identify, give the details from your observation of that passage that prove that particular structural relationship is at work in your passage. All written assignments should be formatted using APA 6th Edition. “Short List” of Structural Laws or Literary Components/Devices Literary Component: Descriiption: Cause-effect The reason for an event is given, followed by the event itself Effect-cause An event is followed by the reason for its occurrence Comparison Similarity between two or more particulars; association of like things Contrast A difference between two or more particulars which in a broad sense are comparable Climax A series of advancing events or ideas, with focus on the highest or greatest point being realized Cruciality/Pivot A movement of events or ideas to a crucial point in which subject matter turns in another direction Generalization An inclusive reference or statement that embodies one or more particulars; a movement from the specific to the general; one to many Particularization One or more specific references or statements which are part of a more inclusive reference; a movement from the general to the specific; many to one Preparation/Introduction The background or setting for events or ideas that enable the reader to understand what follows Repetition/Recurrence A recurrence of the same terms, phrases, clauses, or statements Continuity A recurrence of similar but not identical terms, phrases, clauses, statements, or events Explanation An event or idea is followed by an interpretation or illustration Complementation Two paired items wherein one is the counterpart of the other; the latter fulfills what is called for in the former (question/answer; if/then; promise/fulfillment; problem/solution; disease/remedy)

 

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