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18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
After spending a good amount of time reading, thinking about, and studying the passage it is time to record some of your thoughts. Even if you are not planning on teaching this passage to some one else, it is important to write down your thoughts in a careful manner. This does several things. First, it helps you to come to some conclusions. Second, it helps you to crystalize the meaning of the passage in your mind. Third, it helps you to remember what you have studied. Here are some suggestions for how to keep notes in your own personal bible study.
- After studying the passage try to come up with one phrase that sums up the theme of the passage (I will often write out this theme in the margin of my Bible).
- In one sentence write out what this passage is saying.
- In one paragraph write out how the author of the passage argues his points.
After taking these three steps you should be left with a nice and neat title, thesis, and synopsis of the passage (I don’t want to give you mine on Mark 2:18-22 because I want you to do it for yourself). Once you have these note I would also suggest making a list of implications that the passage has on your life (i.e. because this passage teaches this I need to think or act this way)
Just imagine having a notebook on a book of the bible with these notes for every passage–it would be very helpful.
Over the next few days I will post my sermon notes from this passage, and you can compare your notes with mine.