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We want to experience God through the Bible… we really do!

But our good intentions fall flat when reading the Bible just doesn’t seem to help us experience God in a real way. What should feel dynamic and important and alive often feels confusing and boring and irrelevant. But it doesn’t have to.

In this podcast, pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by walking listeners through her Alive Method of Bible study, helping us personally encounter God through his Word by giving us a practical, clear road map for understanding, interpreting and applying Scripture to our lives.

How to Study the Bible Nicole Unice

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 205 Ratings

We want to experience God through the Bible… we really do!

But our good intentions fall flat when reading the Bible just doesn’t seem to help us experience God in a real way. What should feel dynamic and important and alive often feels confusing and boring and irrelevant. But it doesn’t have to.

In this podcast, pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by walking listeners through her Alive Method of Bible study, helping us personally encounter God through his Word by giving us a practical, clear road map for understanding, interpreting and applying Scripture to our lives.

    (Rebroadcast) What to Do When You Get Stuck

    (Rebroadcast) What to Do When You Get Stuck

    While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study.

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    In this episode, we’ll look at the three most common issues that can derail our Bible study and how we can overcome them:

    Problem 1 - These passages contradict! How can I possibly find the meaning?

    Questions to ask yourself: What else happens in Scripture related to this topic, beyond this verse? Is it bound in a cultural time or is it a timeless principle?

    Problem 2 - It seems like the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament disagree.

    Questions to ask yourself: What if I’m wrong? Have I read both the Old and New Testament in their entirety? Have I explored the backstory?

    Problem 3 – The Old Testament doesn't seem relevant in my life.

    Questions to ask yourself: Have you read large passages (several chapters or even an entire book) of the Old Testament at once? Can you read it for the larger story and not only read at the verse level?

    Resources Mentioned:
    The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight: http://urlme.cc/Ll8q

    For more, check out:
    Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: http://urlme.cc/vzQp

    You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

    • 19 min
    (Rebroadcast) Unpacking Principles and Finding Meaning

    (Rebroadcast) Unpacking Principles and Finding Meaning

    While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study.
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    “The minute you have asked ‘why?’ – you have become a theologian.” – Carolyn Custis James

    First, the bad news: you might be a little uncomfortable with this part, at least a first. But the good news (and it really is good news!) is that as you know more, it more it becomes easier to pull the principle out of Scripture.

    In this episode, Nicole talks about the five filters we use to understand what a passage is teaching us about God, ourselves, and the world we live in:

    1. Is the principle or theory reflected in the passage?
    2. Is the principle timeless?
    3. Does the principle transcend culture, gender, age, status, etc.?
    4. Is the principle harmonious with the rest of Scripture?
    5. Is this principle relevant then and relevant now?

    For more, check out:
    Take the 30-Day 'Help, My Bible Is Alive' Challenge: https://nicoleunice.com/help-my-bible-is-alive/

    Grasping God’s Word by Duvall and Hays: https://amzn.to/3rn2gE9

    You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

    • 17 min
    (Rebroadcast) Digging Deeper - What’s the Backstory?

    (Rebroadcast) Digging Deeper - What’s the Backstory?

    While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study.

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    If you’ve ever gone to a play, you’ll have been handed a playbill before the program began. This playbill gives you some important information like the characters, the setting, and the scenes you’ll see when the lights dim. The backstory helps us engage with what’s in front of us.

    When we read the Bible, we also need a backstory. The problem is, we often want it to ignore the backstory and apply the Word immediately to our lives instead of asking what it meant to the original audience. But when we do this, we misapply Scripture.

    Join Nicole in this episode as she unpacks how we can understand what’s going on behind the scenes of the passages we read.

    Nicole’s Favorite Study Bible: The NIV Study Bible - https://amzn.to/3tvGzEN

    Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word: https://amzn.to/3A7Yy5j

    You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

    • 18 min
    (Rebroadcast) The Basics of Bible Study

    (Rebroadcast) The Basics of Bible Study

    While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study.

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    Here’s a secret of the universe: there are always basics of everything. If you want to be physically fit, you have to do cardio and strength training. If you want to be a good cook, you have to learn how to chop, mix spices and know how flavors complement one another. And if you want to be good at reading and understanding the Bible, there are basic skills you need to learn as well.

    In this episode, we’ll unpack just what those fundamental skills are, through Nicole’s 'Alive Method,' by asking four basic questions of every passage of Scripture.

    Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK

    You can find more from Nicole at https://nicoleunice.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleunice

    • 17 min
    (Rebroadcast) Three Common Obstacles to Understanding the Bible

    (Rebroadcast) Three Common Obstacles to Understanding the Bible

    While Nicole is taking a much-needed break, we are re-airing her first episodes on the basics of Bible study. If you didn't catch these episodes when they first aired, be sure to listen. These episodes lay the foundation for Nicole's simple but powerful approach to Bible study.

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    Most of us want to hear from God, but when we actually go to the Bible, it feels irrelevant, archaic or just plain confusing. In this episode, Nicole addresses three of the common obstacles we face in spending time in the Bible and how to get past those into a vibrant relationship with God through His Word.

    Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - http://urlme.cc/OroK

    Follow Nicole:
    Her Site | Facebook | Instagram

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Tetiana5

    • 17 min
    Romans Week Sixteen: Wrapping It All Up

    Romans Week Sixteen: Wrapping It All Up

    Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible:

    1. What do the verses say?
    2. What's the backstory? What's the context?
    3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage?

    What does it say?

    Over the past 16 weeks, we have learned the truth about sin, the power of faith, and the fulfillment of the law with love.

    In closing this book, Paul encourages us to be wise about others and wise about the way we love and create unity within the body of Christ.

    What does it mean for me?

    Be able to tell someone what the book of Romans is about! What would you say if someone is curious? What would you say to them that would inspire them to read the book for themselves?

    Nicole’s Wrap-Up of Romans:

    “The book of Romans: the truth about sin, the power of faith, alive in Christ, released from the law, free in the spirit, suffering for a reason, more than conquerors in this world! Mercy always reigns -- for Israel and for us. Now we are transformed! So, at home and at work, whether weak or strong, we fulfill the law with love! We need each other, and everyone matters. But let’s be wise --seek unity and love, not division or strife.”

    Resources:
    Help! My Bible Is Alive

    Follow Nicole:
    Her Site | Facebook | Instagram

    Episode Image Credit: Getty

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

Reva1964 ,

Romans Chapter 13 Podcast

Nicole’s Romans Chapter 13 podcast is the best commentary I have heard to counter the upheaval we see in this country. It really does just come down to your neighbor: love them and do no harm. The grandest principal in the Bible - love your neighbor. It’s all about love!!!

Bennett, Fred ,

Tension

I love the idea of living in the tension of what is known and unknown about God!

steve, davis ,

Awesome

I love the way Nicole breaks down the Bible I can never understand when reading myself but learning a lot listening to Nicole’s podcast thank you

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