Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the November edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
We've got a great lineup of Bible study helps this month. Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering in this issue…
1. Tip of the Month – Don't let your personal Bible study be a washup. Energize your time with God!
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? – What's our focus? Where are we going in the future? Find it in this section.
Alright…let’s get to it!
Bible Study Tip of the Month
I wanted to try to keep this month's tip simple and to the point. So...
A tidal wave of work, worries and worldly concerns many times drown our good intentions for Bible study.
"Sure, Lord!" we say enthusiasically, "I'll study more this month...I promise!"
And then the tsunami of busyness washes away any semblance of resolution we had to "do better."
So...what do we do?
The problem can best be wrapped up in this quaint saying...
"People don't plan to fail. They only fail to plan."
The person who articulated those words understood something about life that many miss in their own Bible study lives...
We must have a plan when studying God's Word!
Here are a few simple rules to follow...
1. Schedule a time for study everyday. Make sure it's a time when you can concentrate on what God says to you through His Word. Many authors on the subject demand everyone to be a morning person! But I have advice for them and you...
If you're not a morning person, don't have your main devotion time in the morning. It's probably best to have some time with God before you start your day. But do your serious study time when you're awake and unhindered by distraction.
If you are a morning person, then by all means, do your study then. Don't do it before bed and fall asleep studying! The point is...
God made everyone different. Study when your body and your schedule tells you it's the best time. But make sure to schedule that time!
2. Make sure to study something of interest to you. I like to study passages, examining the ins and outs of sentence patters and grammatical nuances (I know! It really is exciting!(: )
OK...so that may not be your thing. So try choosing a subject and and do a topic study. You can use a good concordance or Bible study computer program to help you. We have some good ideas for topic studies in later sections of this e-zine.
You may want to study one book, studying its theme and content. Write down some of the interesting ideas you find. Figure out what the most important subject about that particular book is.
However you do it, stick to your plan. And make sure it's a plan that interests you.
3. Find an "accountability partner," someone who will help you stay on track. A pastor or close Christian friend would make great accountability partners. Use caution though...
Accountability partners should be people you trust. Make sure of their character. And choose someone of the same sex as you. This job will require spiritual intimacy, something you may not feel as freely to describe to someone of the opposite sex. And other problems may arise as well. It's simply wiser to choose someone of the same sex when deciding on an accountability partner.
Well...that's all for now. I hope I've helped give you a little extra incentive to study God's Word.
Keep up the good work. And...
Keep the Faith!
Bible Study Starters of the Month
Here are a few ideas to jump-start your brain for your personal Bible study…
1. Find a contemporary, hot button issue (i.e. abortion debate, same-sex union, creation/evolution debate, etc.) On a piece of paper right down in two or three sentences what you believe about the topic you chose. Now, from your Bible, prove why you feel the way you do about that issue. Use a good concordance to help you if you have one. Now answer these questions...
*Did you discover anything from Scripture you didn't know before about your topic?
*What books or verses of the Bible did you find most helpful in your study?
*Did this study change your view at all about your topic?
2. Read through the first ten chapters of the book of Acts. Find all instances when believers gathered together. Log what you find on a piece of paper. Then answer these questions...
*How often did believers gather for worship?
*What kinds of activities did believers of that time engage in during worship?
*Did the early church believers ever have to deal with problems in their church? If so, what kinds of problems did they face?
3. Read and study Psalm 1. On a piece of paper, put two columns, one labeled "Blessed Person" the other labeled "Evil Person." Now, write the characteristics of each kind of person in the correct column. Discuss with someone what makes a person a "spiritual success" or a "spiritual failure."
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
God provided one Way to Heaven, Jesus Christ. What verses prove Jesus is the only way to Heaven?
Contact us through our “Contact Page” and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!
Still staying busy!
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1. We want to lay out a spiritual “battle plan” to help you overcome any defeat you may have endured in your spiritual life.
2. We want to provide a practical guide to living in a world populated by unbelievers.
3. We want to see you succeed as a soldier in the Lord’s Army, an elite company of spiritual soldiers, ready for any battle Satan tries to bring.
4. We want to help you live a life honoring and glorifying to our Commander, Jesus Christ.
That about wraps it up for today. We hope you enjoyed this resource provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.