Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the July edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
What do garden hoes and God's Word have in common? Give up? Read on to find out what gardening and Bible study have in common. Plus find other great Bible study ideas.
...without further ado...
Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering for this summer to get your Bible study moving...
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
Mary, Mary, How Does Your Garden Grow?
William J. Brown
Months of work and preparation have finally paid off. No, I'm not talking about a great ministry opportunity or even a new Bible study method. I'm talking about our garden. You're probably wondering how this relates to Bible study. Hang with me. We'll get to that in a moment.
Our garden is finally producing the fruits and veggies we've waited on for so long. Our squash are making their presence known. Our strawberry crop is pretty much finished. We've got raspberries coming out our ears. And we'll soon harvest a few peppers and tomatoes.
Yep. God has been good to us this year. The garden is producing, and (with the exception of an ocassional, obnoxious woodchuck that harvests certain crops before we do) we've had quite a bit to show for it.
I have to admit. My wife is the gardener. I help, but she does most of the work. And, boy, does she work hard! She puts a lot of effort into our garden, and we reap the rewards of it.
That just happens to be how Bible study is too. It's like a garden. No effort, no rewards. Really, rewarding Bible study produces great rewards, just as a garden does. The fruit of our labor may not shoot up overnight. But indepth Bible study will ultimately produce an abundant harvest.
The key is to remain faithful. I know, I know. I've ranted and raved on this subject many times before. But as many times as I've convinced myself how important consistent Bible study is, there are times when I haven't been as faithful as I should have been.
I have to keep convincing myself to keep on keeping on. To put the necessary effort into it, and then some. With Bible study, the more we put into it, the more we receive.
It's summer where my wife and I live. It's a wonderful time of year. But there's always a danger in it. The summer calls people to do more outside activities. That means more exercise but less study time.
God's Word is too important to play follow-the-leader to sunscreen, swimming pools and surfboards this summer (or any other time of year for that matter). We must see the importance of a daily diet of God's Word, a diet consisting of the fruits of great Bible study.
So keep your mind sharp, your body health and your Bible study plan current. We'll learn much more if we remain diligent.
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. Study the "fruit of the Spirit" metioned in Galatians 5:22 and Ephesians 5:9. How do they compare? Are there any striking contrasts between the two lists? Try doing word studies on each of the individual "fruits" mentioned in each passage.
2. Choose a psalm and note the various subjects it contains. Write these subjects down on a piece of paper and ponder them. Then take each and find other verses that relate to each subject.
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
Study the life of Solomon, beginning with II Samuel 12:24. The majority of his life is recorded in I Kings and I & II Chronicles, but don't forget other sources for information on him. You can find much of his personal wisdom in Proverbs as well as a detailed autobiographical sketh in Ecclesiastes.
Find out all you can about this wisest of kings. Focus on who he was, what he did and what conclusions he came to at the end of his life.
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 can't stress enough how important Bible study is. God's Word has the words of life recorded for us. For those of us who call ourselves Christians it is our life stream, God's instructions to us.
Don't neglect those words. Cherish them. They are God's message to mankind.
Also please keep our organization in prayer. We're going through a period of growth right now. We praise God for it, but it does present new and nearly overwhelming challenges. Our request is that you keep this ministry on your permanent prayer list.
That about wraps it up for this month. We hope you enjoyed this e-zine provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.