In the summer time, I like to take a break from my normal routine of teaching through a book of the Bible and have some more interaction with my students. Through the month of June, each Wednesday night I discussed the gospel: what is it, how to present it, and what are its effects. Throughout the month of July, I am taking my students through the basics of Bible study. This is profitable for me as I consider how I study the Bible, but maybe more profitable is discerning how to help others study the Scriptures who have not been to Bible College or seminary.… Continue reading
One of my favorite New Testament churches is the church at Corinth. They didn’t always get everything right, and they caused Paul a lot of trouble, but when viewed through his apostolic eyes they are rightly seen as a trophy of God’s grace (1 Cor. 1:4-9; 2 Cor. 7:16).
While recently preparing to teach 1 & 2 Corinthians in our Sunday school New Testament survey, I got a little bit carried away in the details of Paul’s interaction with the church there, from his first visit in Acts 18 to his last recorded departure in Acts 20 – and is there ever a load of information to get caught up in!… Continue reading
My wife and I have regular discussions about Bible study. We both attended Moody Bible Institute and therefore have a good foundation on how to study God precious Word. But not everyone has this privilege. May, if not most, Christians have never been to a Bible college and therefore church and discipleship are the only training they have to do Bible study. So how can they (you!) get the most out of Bible study?
About 16 months ago, I wrote a blog that answers this very question and I want to renew it today. It is helpful and practical.
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Studying the Bible is a task that takes time, effort, and work.… Continue reading
Maybe you are a new Christian with energy enough for all of us to save the world just like God saved you. Maybe you have been raised in the church and don’t really remember when you were saved, but you know you are. Maybe you have been a Christian for a long time. No matter what stage in your Christian walk you are currently in, we are all to “let the word of Christ richly dwell within [us]” (Col 3:16).
“But,” I hear some of you saying, “I’m not a preacher. I have never been to Bible College or seminary. How can I, a lowly Christian, let the Bible dwell in me when I am not sure how to study it?”… Continue reading
The word “doctrine” has almost become a dirty word in many churches. In fact, so has the word “preaching,” but that’s another post! Many don’t think doctrine is practical or important. It’s all just academic stuff for the theologian or seminarian, and if anything, does little more than cause discord in the church. It’s unfortunate that so many think this way, but it’s because today’s churches have a poor understanding of the meaning of “doctrine,” and because of this poor understanding, they perceive doctrine negatively, thinking it doesn’t apply to real life situations or real spiritual growth. In many circles, the word “doctrine” is considered synonymous with “vain genealogies” and is perceived as nothing more than the discussion of the number of angels on the head of a needle.… Continue reading