New Testament Gospels Bible Study Assignment Instructions

General Instructions:

For this assignment, you will be studying a story from the Gospels. More specifically, you will be studying Jesus encounter with Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. You will use the template below in order to complete a study of this passage. In your study, you will use the skills of Observation, Interpretation, Correlation, and Application that you have become familiar with through your reading in Everyday Bible Study. Refer to the “Course Policies” in the course syllabus for the formatting expectations in this course.

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Submit this New Testament Gospels Bible Study assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6.

BIBL 104 – NT Bible Study Assignment Rubric

Criteria Levels of Achievement
 

Content

Advanced Proficient  

Developing

 

Not present

Understanding

/21

19-21

Answers provided demonstrate thorough understanding of the related material from Everyday Bible Study.

15-18

Answers provided demonstrate basic understanding of the related material from Everyday Bible Study.

1-14

Answers provided demonstrate minimal understanding of the related material from Everyday Bible Study.

0 points

Not present

Observation

/21

19-21

Answers provided are correct and reflect the skillful and careful observations needed in studying passage from the Gospels.

15-18

Answers provided are mostly correct and reflect basic skill in making the careful observations needed in studying a passage from the Gospels.

1-14

Answers provided are somewhat correct and reflect minimal skill in making the careful observations needed in studying passage from the Gospels.

0 points

Not Present

Interpretation

/21

19-21

Answers provided are correct and reflect skillful and thoughtful interpretation of the selected passage.

15-18

Answers provided are mostly correct and reflect basic skill in interpretation.

1-14

Answers provided are somewhat correct and reflect minimal skill in interpretation.

0 points

Not present

Correlation

/21

19-21

Answers provided are correct and reflect skillful and thoughtful correlation to the Scriptures and the person and work of Christ.

15-18

Answers provided are mostly correct and reflect basic skill in correlation to the Scriptures and the person and work of Christ.

1-14

Answers provided are somewhat correct and reflect minimal skill in correlation to the Scriptures and the person and work of Christ.

0

Not present

Application

/21

19-21

Answers provided are correct and reflect skillful and thoughtful application consistent with a passage from the Gospels

15-18

Answers provided are mostly correct and reflect basic skill in application.

1-14

Answers provided are somewhat correct and reflect minimal skill in application.

0

Not present

 

Structure

Advanced Proficient  

Developing

 

Not present

Format and Completion

/45

41-45

·         Thoroughly follows the format prescribed in Everyday Bible Study and the provided template for studying a passage from the Gospels.

·         All questions in the assignment are fully and completely answered.

32-40

·         Mostly follows the format prescribed in Everyday Bible Study and the provided template for studying a passage from the Gospels.

·         Most questions in the assignment are fully and completely answered.

1-31

·         Somewhat follows the format prescribed in Everyday Bible Study and the provided template for studying a passage from the Gospels.

·         Some questions in the assignment are fully and completely answered.

0

Not present

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Studying the Gospels

Passage: Luke 10:38-42

 

Instructions:

For this assignment, you will be studying a story from the Gospels. More specifically, you will be studying Jesus encounter with Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. You will use the template below in order to complete a study of this passage. In your study, you will use the skills of Observation, Interpretation, Correlation, and Application that you have become familiar with through your reading in Everyday Bible Study.

  1. Observation
  2. I have read Luke 10:38-42 in both a formal translation (KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, or CSB)

and a functional translation (NIV, NLT, or NCV). Highlight the correct answer. You will find a copy of the NASB, ESV, CSB, and NLT in your myWSB Library.

 

  • Yes
  • No

 

  1. Identify the basic elements of the story you are studying
  2. Main characters: (List them)

Jesus, his disciples, Martha and Mary

 

  1. Plot: (50-100 words)

Jesus and his disciples were on their way to Jerusalem, then Martha welcomes Jesus to her home. Martha was preparing to serve Jesus and his disciple during his stay in their home. While Martha was cooking for Jesus, her sister Mary choose sitting next to Jesus’s feet. Martha was upset by Mary’s gesture because she was not helping in the preparations. Martha got agitated and asked Jesus to intervene and ask Mary to help her. Jesus told Martha worried too much on non-pertinent matters, yet she could listen to Godly teachings like Mary.

  1. Story structure: (50-100 words)

Introduction: 

Jesus visits Martha and Mary’s house. Mary sits adjacent to Jesus’ feet while Martha prepares to serve the visitors. Simultaneously, Mary listens to Jesus’ teachings instead of helping her sister with the preparations.

Inciting Incident: 

Martha gets agitated by Mary overlooking the preparations; thus, she is left to do the tasks alone.

Rising Action: 

An angry Martha cuts short Jesus’ teaching depicting displeasure about Mary’s defiance to assist her. Martha asks Jesus to compel Mary to leave the meeting and join her so the tasks.

 

 

 

Climax: 

Jesus tells Martha no to worry about less important activities. The Lord affirms that Mary was doing the right thing, unlike her, who was upset. Jesus makes Martha reckon that Godly teachings were more important than what Martha wanted from her sister.

Falling Action: 

Jesus exhibits calmness when He tells Martha to let go less important things and join her sister

Resolution:

God asks Christians to have time with him, just like Mary forgoes the preparation to listen to teachings.

  1. List basic observations about this passage using the “Key Question” for observation. 

Remember to consult the list of items from the observation section in studying the Gospels in Chapter 36. This will help you be more detailed in your answers to “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “why,” and “how.”

  1. Who:

Jesus, his disciples, Martha, and Mary. However, Theophilus and Luke play a part in passing the message.

  1. What:

Martha is perturbed by the tasks she is doing while her sister is affluent, listening to Jesus’ teachings.

  1. Where:

In Bethany near Jericho, to the east of Jerusalem and at the slopes of Mt. olive

At Martha and Mary’s place

 

  1. When:

When Jesus came to Minister God word on earth

Jesus and his disciples were headed to Jerusalem.

  1. Why:

Why would Jesus and his disciples make a stopover at Martha’s home?

Why did Jesus side with Mary even though Martha wasn’t doing something wrong?

  1. How:

How did Jesus handle the conflict between Martha and Mary?

How did Jesus react to Martha’s claim? Even though Martha focused on serving “others” in this regard is Jesus, thought listening to His teachings was more important.

  1. Interpretation
  2. Determine the author’s main point. In 1-2 paragraphs (100-400 words), explain what you think the author is trying to communicate in this passage. Remember to take into consideration that this passage includes a conversation that Jesus has with Martha. Thus, this passage is both showing and telling us something. 

The key message the author as putting across is that service to please others can wait. Christians should be spent more time with God and be willing to serve him. Mary acts as the model for others to embrace what God wants. We shouldn’t be worried about less significant tasks.one should not be caught up in less important activity instead of devoting their time with God. The passage acmes why Martha was wrong while her sister chose the appropriate decision. Jesus wanted Martha to behave the same as Mary. Christians, like Mary, should value the word of God and listen to Jesus’ teachings. Again, Jesus puts more emphasis on listening and serving God instead of worrying about petty concerns. Consequently, there are services that we deem necessary, but God asks his children not to give them top priority because they are not necessary.

  1. Based on your answer above, write out one principle from this passage. You should be able to express this Principle in 1-3 sentences.

Having time with God is the most important thing in life. We should always ready to listen to Jesus’ teachings. Worrying about petty concerns like Martha could dent one’s relation with God.

III. Correlation

  1. How does this passage from Luke’s Gospel fit within the metanarrative of the Bible? State what type of story you believe this to be (creation, fall, redemption, or new creation) and explain why you believe this to be so. Your explanation should be 1 paragraph (100-200 words) in length.

Luke passage compares well with the grand narrative in the book of God. This narrative is interesting because Jesus was en route to Jerusalem day before his crucifixion. He halted his journey to check on his friend Martha in her home. As Jesus was teaching Mary and his disciples, Martha interrupts asking Jesus to compel Mary to assist her. However, Jesus rebukes her request. This is a clear indication that God wants us to change our perceptions, listen to his teachings, change our practices, and have trust in him. We should not miss out on God’s grace while working on non-pertinent issues. Jesus’ calm request towards Martha asking her to join the teaching shows God gives people second chances to correct their mistakes and take his path. Again, we should not express anger on people who are serving God just like Martha was angry towards her sister.

 

  1. B. How does your Principle from Luke 10:38-42 fit with the rest of the Scripture? This Principle is the one you have written out in 1-3 sentences in the Interpretation section. If your Principle is a true Biblical principle it will be reflected throughout the Scriptures. Where is the Principle discovered in this New Testament narrative found elsewhere in the Scriptures? Your explanation should be 1 paragraph (100-200 words) in length.

Martha focused on concerns that were not germane. She devoted her attention and energy to chores that made her miss Jesus’ teachings. Jesus’ stopover at Martha’s place was not a mere visit, but Jesus came to save her and Mary. The Scripture Luke 12:25, Jesus avers, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life. It would be noble if Martha let Jesus handle her worries and spent her time listening to his teachings. She should have humbled herself before the Lord like Mary sat beside Jesus feet. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This Scripture backs that Martha didn’t know how important it was to spend time with the Lord. However, in john 14:27, Jesus tells people to be troubled by worldly things; instead, they should seek peace from the word of God.

  1. How does this passage from Luke’s Gospel reflect the person and work of Jesus Christ? State and explain at least one way that the Principle of this passage identifies something of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Your explanation should be 1 paragraph (100-200 words) in length.  

This passage shows that Jesus expressed God’s love. He doesn’t want people to lose the soul, which matters the most. Through Jesus’ teachings, we ought to be his followers and let go of the care of the world that is not important. Even though Jesus sided with Mary, He came to save people from sin and worldly activities that can affect their relationship with God. For instance, Jesus made fishermen like peter; James and Andrew serve God’s purpose. His calm pose towards Martha shows that the lost can find rest in Him. Listening to God’s teachings is always the better choice, even if it means halting personal activities or pleasing Jesus with food.

  1. Application

What points of application can be made using the Four Questions for Application? State and explain 1 point of application for each of these four questions. Your explanation for each of these points should be 1 paragraph (100-200 words) in length.  

  1. The question of duty

Martha thought it was her duty to exhibit hospitality to Jesus and his disciples because they had visited her home. She felt that Jesus had to feel comfortable and replenish him because he is the son of God. However, those preparations distracted her from what more important. Martha’s primary duty would be listening to Christ first instead of stressing herself with the preparations. Martha didn’t see the essence of Mary sitting beside Jesus’ feet rather than helping with the tasks. Mary knew having time with Jesus was the best decision. It was her obligation to sit next to Jesus feet and grasp Godly teachings. Just like Mary and the disciples, Christians should pay attention to their master. Christians should not let distractions hinder them from getting what has more impact in their lifes. It’s the duty of Christians like Mary to halt their activities and seek God first.

  1. The question of character

The passage exhibits how kind and humble we should be. On the other side, Jesus exhibits how God loves his children. Martha hospitality highlights kindness even through Jesus overshadows it in favor of Mary’s humbleness. Jesus’ calm response to Martha short of rebuke shows how Jesus loves everyone. He asks her to relax and urge her to avert distractions. A person should behave like Jesus by exhibiting care even when others make the wrong choice. Christians should be loyal to their creator; just like Mary devoted her time to listen to Jesus.one should exemplify Godly character by serving His purpose first and give inferior attention to less significant activities.

  1. The question of goals

Mary is a model example of how to set a goal. It narrows down on how to get priorities right. Mary placed her valuable time sitting beside Jesus’ feet. The ultimate goal in Christianity is to use time wisely. People should avoid distractions that demean their relation with God. People should spend their precious time with Jesus, listen to his teachings, and act as God wants them to do. They should prioritize more on learning good behaviors and build a connection with God.

If they seek God first, they will serve others better. The paramount goal is to become Christ-like, follow Jesus, and have faith in him.

  1. The question of discernment

The key objective is to avoid sinful behavior. This passage differentiates what it is meant to be close to Jesus and falling in distractive traps that affect one’s faith. Martha displeasure confers how distractions are worldly and distances people from their creator. People should discern, serving God, and listening to what he wants. Yet again, Jesus’ calm response to Martha means God is forgiving and gives people second chances to correct their mistakes. In this case, Martha was asked to join the teaching and leave the distractions. Even though serve to humankind is a kind gesture, being close to God is always the right thing to do. Like Mary, people should make the right decisions.

 

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