Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quadrant analysis

Mark Rathel's comments on the lesson, "Are you ready?" use Paul's points in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 to dileneate the characteristics of the following groups of people--unprepared unbelievers, unprepared believers, and prepared believers. If we admit one other category, prepared unbelievers, a chart can be constructed that's divided into four quadrants. The left-horizontal axis would be labeled "unbelievers," and the right-horizontal axis "believers". The top-vertical axis is labeled "prepared", and the bottom axis is "unprepared". Write the characteristics of each group in its corresponding quadrant.

Consider leading your class to complete this chart (drawn on a marker board), by reading the focal passage and suggesting one-word descriptions for the characteristics pertaining to each group. Do this one quadrant at a time. This should get members into reading and analyzing the text in the context of an interactive discussion.

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