There are many personal reasons that I have started this blog, the most important being that I want to get to know my Saviour Jesus Christ more closely. I feel the best way to do that is to spend time in His Word. The world has many distractions; many paths leading away from Him. I am using a specific method with a few basic guidelines that will help to keep the study in the word and also give insight into the teachings found in the Bible.
- Work through a whole book, passage by passage, not verse by verse.
- Before reading each passage pray and specifically ask the Holy Spirit to guide and show God’s Will in each passage.
- Blog at least once weekly on each passage covered, or as often as possible.
- Give personal thoughts and observations on each passage.
- Seek to understand the context of the passage.
- Use IVP Bible Background Commentary, Strong’s Concordance, and a Bible Dictionary to gain further insight into the passage.
- Finish each post with a written prayer.
What I hope to see from you the reader…
- Take this as an opportunity to study for yourself. Too often we listen to other peoples religious experience or ideas and never form any that belong to us.
- Follow the “daily” schedule; and post as a comment your own observations on the passages.
- Direct comments about what I have written are also welcome, but your own personal discoveries on the passage are desired.
- Let’s become friends and journey with Jesus together! 🙂
A little more about me…
I am not a theologian. I have been regularly studying the bible for the last 6 years. I do attend a bible believing & Christ centered church regularly as well as regular bible studies with fellow believers. I am also a teacher at my church.
It is my belief that the Holy Spirit will show me truths I need to see for my personal walk with Christ, if I ask. Truth will always be truth. I do think that our individuality shapes our understanding of it, in the context of our own lives.
When studying the bible we must remove our own wants and needs and ask for His Will to be revealed without our will being there to shape it. God’s Will is perfect; ours is tainted by sin and selfishness.
I believe we are to be taught by the Holy Spirit and Jesus, our only rabbi, first. To quote a bible scholar, Lee Gugliotto, we should “…instead of learning about Christ, Bible Study is actually learning from Christ, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. That’s why Christ told his disciples to, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me.” Matthew 11:29.
There is biblical precedent for this belief:
We must remove our indoctrinated beliefs when we study God’s Word and ask for His will and teaching to be revealed without our will being there to shape it. God’s Will is perfect, remember that. We should seek to learn from Christ and Christ alone!
We should also test what we learn with others. Find out what your fellow Christians think about text’s and learn from them as well. We must support each other in these final days of earth’s history.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you gain from it as much as I hope to gain from it.