Priscilla Shirer’s 5 P’s

This weekend I had to opportunity to attend a telecast of Priscilla’s Shirer’s first Going Beyond International Event. It was a rich 2 days and I am still processing everything I was taught. One thing Priscilla taught on was a particular way of studying the Bible more in depth. She called it the 5 P’s of Bible Study. Being a mom of 3 young boys herself, I think this method was developed in an effort to maximize study even in short spurts. Here’s what we learned:

1) Position yourself to hear from God.
2) Pour over the passage and paraphrase the major points
3) Pull out the spiritual principles
4) Pose the questions
5) Plan obedience and pin down the date.
We were given a chance to practice this technique, here are my notes:
Exodus 14:13-14
13But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
14″The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.”
1 and 2) Find a quiet place, the car, bathroom, closet somewhere! and read the passage a few times.
3)Pull Out
v.13 God will save us and protect us from evil.
v. 14 God can save me and fight for me while I say silent (He doesn’t need my help!)
4) Pose
v. 13 Do I trust God to answer my prayer or am I fearful?
v. 14 Do I believe God can answer my prayers w/o my medalling? Can I stay silent and watch God work?
5) Plan
v. 13 starting NOW, I will pray and thank God for answering my prayers in His timing. I will wait and watch with an expectation to see Him work and will praise Him when He does.
v. 14 I will watch silently, I will not try to strategize on how to “help God” fix things! 🙂
3 statements Shirer made throughout this teaching time really stuck out.
1) “God does not speak to be heard, He speaks to be obeyed.”
2) 2 Chronicles 16:9 God is not keeping you from something He is keeping you FOR something.
3) Conviction is always paired with grace, condemnation is never from God.
If you are having a hard time feeling that you are reading these verses in context, I would suggest using a study Bible like a Life Application Bible, or using the Life Way Strong’s Concordance resource. Shirer has put together a 6-week study on practicing these principles. You can check it out here.
originally posted 4/4/2011

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