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Studying the Bible Using the C.O.M.A Method

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A great way to study the Word together is using the “C.O.M.A.” method (taken from David Helm’s One to One Bible Reading).

– What kind of genre is this passage? (Letter, narrative, poem, proverb, apocalyptic, etc.)
– Who is it written to? What circumstances or passages surround the text that might help us understand the purpose of the text?

– What words or phrases stick out to you? Is anything repeated or emphasized?
– What do you think are the main points of the passage?
– Is there anything surprising in this text?

– What does this passage teach us about God?
– How does this passage relate to Jesus?
– What does this passage teach us about ourselves?
– Do any other Scripture texts come to mind when reading this passage?

– How does the passage challenge or confirm my thinking?
– How does this passage challenge the way I live?
– What sin might this passage reveal in my heart?

Bob Martin

Bob first joined staff at College Park as a Pastoral Resident in 2011 and has served in several important roles since that time. He now serves as the Pastor of Membership & Connection. Bob is passionate about seeing men and women enter into community with others to find hope together. He enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

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