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When we say the 2nd step of FLCR Bible Study is to find the Lesson—what is a Lesson? A Lesson is a principle that states what you can learn from the passage. Let me give you an analogy. Outside of the Bible, there are some kinds of stories or fables that include a "moral" at the end that summarizes the point of the story like,

  • "truth always wins" or
  • "leave well-enough alone" or
  • "face your fears."

A Lesson in the Bible is like a "moral" from a story. It describes a general principle that can be learned from the Bible passage like,

  • "We should believe what God says" or
  • "Sometimes godly people fail" or
  • "Sometimes God wants us to take action without having all the facts."

It is a general principle that comes from what you see in the verse.

How can you find a Lesson in a passage? The best way is to identify and write down what seems unusual to you in the passage. Then as you think about it, write down what you can learn from that unusual thing; and write it in the form of a principle or "moral."

How do you know if you are right? You don't. But you know that the more you do it, the better you'll get at it. For those of you who worry that your Lessons might contain an error, realize that the Bible is self-correcting. If you get off, on a point or two, keep studying. As you move forward, God will make whatever corrections are needed (Philippians 3:15).

If you feel a bit lost on this step you're in good company. This is probably the trickiest step of the 4 steps. Be patient with yourself. Study passages you have answers for, like the ones on this page, then check the answers. As long as you keep exposing yourself to examples and let your understanding come, you will reach that day when the penny drops and you get how to do it. If more tips on finding the Lessons would be helpful to you, check out the section "Finding the Lesson" in chapter 3 of our
book. If you want more examples with answers, check out our Study Guides.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • Write down what you can learn from the verse.
  • Is there an example to follow, an idea to believe, or a comfort to accept?
  • State it as a principle.
  • To find a Lesson identify what seems unusual to you in the passage.
  • Write down what is unusual about it.
  • Then you are in a good place to see and write down what you can learn from the passage.
  • At this point it is more important to keep studying than to be perfectly correct on every point.
  • Don't require that your work be flawless while you are learning. Practice makes perfect.
  • The Bible is self-correcting. If you are not completely error free in one or two of your Lessons, keep studying. God will improve your understanding as you go (Philippians 3:15).

Example (Psalm 34:19)
Now we look at a single verse from the book of Psalms. Notice the use of the word "righteous." Most of the time when the Old Testament refers to a group of people as "the righteous" they are contrasting them with another group of people described as "the wicked." Most of the time when the New Testament makes reference to "righteousness" or "the righteous" they are describing people who have the theoretical quality of sinless perfection. So, when you are in the Old Testament, like in this verse, and come across the phrase "the righteous," you can generally substitute the phrase "God's people" and be in sync with the verse.
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#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • The people of God have many afflictions.
  • God does not keep His people from difficulties.
  • God delivers His people from difficulties.
  • God delivers His people from each and every difficulty.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • Affliction is more the norm for the people of God rather than the exception.
  • God is actively engaged in delivering His people from every affliction.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Am I OK with affliction being a normal part of my life, knowing that God will deliver me from every one of them?
  • Can I believe God is engaged and actively delivering me from my current affliction(s) even when I can not see it?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Father, I thank you that walking with You is not fragile and that you are at work on my behalf to deliver me from the difficulties I am facing. I love it when you said, "out of them all." Thank you for Your work on my behalf.

Example (Psalm 56:3-4)
The book of Psalms is the most popular book of the Old Testament. One of the reasons is because we can identify with the emotions expressed by the author. Here is someone who believes in God and is trying to do the right thing, but he is facing significant obstacles and danger. As he is feeling the gamut of human emotions, he writes about how he applied what he knows about God to help him get through his difficulty. Notice how he addresses his fear in this passage.
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#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • This is about what to do when I am afraid.
  • When the author is afraid, he puts his trust in God.
  • The author determines to shift from fear to trust.
  • Men do not have power over the author because he is trusting in the one that created these men.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • When I feel afraid, I should put my trust in God.
  • God is more powerful than mere men.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Is there one situation today in which I would be willing to exchange the fear of men for trust in God (knowing that God is more powerful than mere men)?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Father, I am happy to see your concern for me when I am fearful. And I am happy to see that trust in You has power in this present life and eternally with you. Help me find a situation today to exchange fear for trust in You and give me the courage to do it.
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