The sheer size of the Bible can be overwhelming when you approach it to study it. Where do you start? How can you possibly know all of the information inside? How can you begin to understand what men and women of God have pondered and debated for centuries?
And the answer could be discouraging:
You, in your own strength and with the power of your own brain, cannot understand this book. It is too much for you.
Before you click away and go off discouraged from studying the Bible altogether, let me assure you:
there is still hope for you.
There is a way you CAN understand the Scripture. But it is outside of you. Understanding comes only from one source – God! The most exciting part of the study of God’s Word is that He (the author of the book) comes alongside you and becomes your teacher!
Today I have some simple things to say about God, the Teacher of the Word. I hope you will find encouragement to continue the habit of studying the Word of God.
We have been working our way through a series called, You DO have Time for Bible Study in the past few weeks. And I am almost ready to talk about the real deal stuff of doing Bible study. These past few posts have dealt with the logistics for starting a lifelong Bible study habit. And I have a post for you next week with a simple way to choose a worthy Bible study, but I feel a pressing on my heart to talk about today’s topic.
Last week I told you about picking a time for Bible study and praying for God’s protection of that time. I told you God will do tiny miracles in your life so you can sit at His feet and learn from His Word. And I know this to be true from experience. But today I want to talk about the language associated with a Christian’s time. I want to examine our language and decide if it can pass the very first test of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true.”
I feel as though I stand on a precipice and I am about to jump into a very deep pool. It is foggy, murky, and definitely unknown. I feel myself stretching out, feeling for something to grasp onto before I jump into the water. I create a plan for jumping in, gather up my courage, and then second-guess myself, and run away from the edge.
Practically, in my head, I know others have done this before. I can see plenty of others in the distant water, splashing and having fun – thriving in this foreign environment. I see they somehow jumped from the place where I now sit perched and survived the fall and the crash into the water. And yet…
I still haven’t jumped in.
This is how I feel as my oldest starts school later this month.
You may have read my initial post on the decision-making process we are currently going through to determine if we are going to traditionally school or home school our oldest child. As I stated in that post, this topic and thought process runs deep and there are many things to consider. So here is the next thing I have in mind as I make the decision to home school or to send our daughter to traditional school: In many ways homeschooling is not an option. We are our children’s first (and I would argue, primary) teachers whether we recognize it or not.
My kids are watching me. Every day they are watching me.
I can choose to think this is creepy (and I do), but I cannot change it.
They are observing how I behave, what I say, how I interact with other people, how I spend my time. And they are creating their perspective of the world and how it works based on my behavior. They are doing it with my husband, too. So they are already learning in the school of life that we established the moment we brought them into our home.
Thus My husband and I are, by default, our kids first teachers. Continue Reading
Most people don’t specifically choose their Bibles. They are gifted one when they become a believer. They use their grandmother’s old Bible. They don’t know what to look for, so they just pick one that is pretty. Some adults even still carry around their very first Bibles (often a student Bible) just because they want what is familiar to them.
But, did you know that you can pick the best Bible for you based on something concrete? Something that is measured by more than familiarity or fancy? Based on the quality and accuracy of the translation. And did you know there is a way to discover if the Bible you hold in your hands is a good and accurate translation?
As most of my regular readers know, I am a Bible study leader for Precept Upon Precept studies. And I am passionate about inductive study. And I cannot express how exciting it is to really understand what the Word of God not only says, but means! And one of the most important tools in our tool box for Bible study is word studies. This is so vital to truly understanding what God said and what He meant when He said it.
But getting started with word study can seem a bit overwhelming. So, I thought I would make it easy on you and tell you the resources you need, how to use the resources for accurate Biblical word study and encouragement for getting started with word studies during your private study. Continue Reading