After discussing the core message of Scripture and its value for us, the next step is to become more familiar with how to study the Bible and how various translations and resource tools make the experience more exciting and fulfilling, opening our minds to new ideas.
If possible collect several Bibles in various versions, several different commentaries, handbooks, and dictionaries. You can probably find these in your church library or your pastor may supply them, if asked.
This exercise is an opportunity to study one of the stranger stories in the Bible, just to see what you can find out, find whether there is anything inspirational in it to you personally. Read Jesus’ story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Check it out in different versions, look it up in whatever helps you can find, and see what you come up with for historical context, literary context, and whether or not there is anything inspiring in the story.
Most especially consider this issue: This parable of Jesus seems to suggest that there is life after death—that there is, right now, a heaven and a hell where people go after their life on this earth. How would you answer this issue?*