Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the October edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
After one severely injured back, one case of the flu and a miriad of other speed bumps experienced along life's road (including formatting problems for this e-zine), we finally got out The Encourager for the month of October...a week late. But we got it out! All we can say is...
What a rush!
And of course, in all of life's experiences, good and bad, God is always good.
We have a dandy issue for you.
...without further ado...
Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering in this issue…
1. Tip of the Month – Supercharge your Bible study time with these great ideas.
2. Starters of the Month – Can’t find anything to study? Look here for “starter” ideas.
3. Study of the Month – We’ve posed a question that we would like you to answer by making a thorough study of the Bible. Feel free to use resources. But the applications need to be your own.
4. What’s New? – We have several projects going (and are we busy!) Find out the "new news" here at Bible-Student-Online.org!
Alright…let’s get to it!
Bible Study Tip of the Month
Making Time for God's Word
William J. Brown
I've found that at times I get sloppy with how I handle my devotional time. It happens to all of us at one time or another.
The Bible is such a precious book. Yet, sometimes it occasionally sits forlorn on the nightstand, waiting for me to pick it up and read it.
Have you had the same experience? Have you ever asked the question, "Why do I do that?"
I have, many more times than I'd like to admit. And throwing out my back and lying in bed moaning in pain for four days gave me lots of time to think about it!
So why do we sometimes "run out of time" to study God's Word? Here are a few reasons I've struggled with personally...
1. Inconsistent planning - We don't plan to fail. We just fail to plan. I normally plan my week's Bible study time the week before. The times I run into trouble are when I don't do this. It's always best to have a plan well before you plan to use it.
2. A wrong mindset - Philippians 2:5 says...
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
Granted this passage goes on to speak of the servant's attitude all Christians should have. But the point of this verse is to have the mind of Christ. That means in all areas of life.
At times I forget about the Savior's mindset. I go out on my own and try to do things in my own power, forgetting that Jesus always focused on His Father in whatever He did.
When this happens, Bible study suffers. For good study habits, a Christ-like mindset is a must. Jesus must be at the heart of everything we do...including Bible study.
3.Wrong priorities - When other jobs clamor for my attention, when daily chores crowd my life, when a torrent of tasks wash over my schedule, Bible study time is normally the first to go.
Bible study must be priority. Whether we're pastors or house wives, God's Word must take first place if we want to be effective followers of Christ.
The Bible is our marching orders.
The Bible is our divine love letter.
The Bible is our guide book.
The Bible is our holy motivation.
In short, for the Christian, God's Word represents His real presence in our lives. We may not be able to physically see God. But every time we look at The Book, we remember who we are and to whom we belong.
Don't neglect God's Word. Cherish it. Study it. Know it...inside and out. God sacrificed so much for us. Is it too much to give a little back to Him by listening to His voice through His word?
That's it for this month. I hope this was a help. We'll have more next month.
Keep up the good work. And...
Keep the Faith!
Bible Study Starters of the Month
Here are a couple ideas to jump-start your brain for your personal Bible study…
1. Read Romans 6. Answer these questions...
What did Paul mean in the opening verses of this chapter?
Does God expect us to strive to live our lives actively avoiding sin?
How does Romans 6:23 tie in with the rest of the chapter?
2. Study the book of Job, paying attention to the various themes and Job's attitudes toward God.
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
Why do you believe the way you do? Many people claim they believe a certain way because of what the Bible says. Yet, when you pin them down, they can't tell you a single verse to support their view.
Choose a doctrine that you or your church holds to (i.e. eternal security, election, baptism, soul-winning.) Find as many verses that support what you believe, listing them as you find them.
Group them in similar themes. Try to put them in a logical order as if you were arguing your case in a courtroom.
You might just be surprised at what you find.
And of course...
Contact us through our “Contact Page” and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!
We've already started adding new pages to the site. We haven't put up any new Bible studies. But more are on their way. Visit us and find out what's new.
Also, we apologize for any formatting problems in this issue. For some reason the system that helps us publish this e-zine isn't working well right now.
The issue might be resolved. We don't know. But we can't wait any longer to send out this edition.
So if you find your issue "all scrunched up", please contact us so we know that this is still an issue that we need to resolve with our web host.
And of course...
We know we say this from month to month. But we feel it's so important!
Please pray for the ministry here as well. Putting our ministry on your prayer list would be such a blessing and a help. Thanks everyone!
That about wraps it up for this month. We hope you enjoyed this e-zine provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.