Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the December edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
Whew! It's been a busy month! Normally, I have this e-zine out at the end of the previous month. But it didn't work that way this time. But it's finally here! So...
Without further ado...
Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering in this issue…
1. Tip of the Month – Give your Bible study time a new look.
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" her at Bible-Student-Online.org!
Alright…let’s get to it!
Bible Study Tip of the Month
This month, I'd like to introduce something a little different. Bible study is important. Nothing is more important than God's Word.
But that doesn't mean you can't try something different every once in a while.
Now, I have to say I'm not introducing anything earth-shattering here. But I would like to introduce the idea of Bible memorization to your devotional time.
Part of any study is memorization. Think about when you were in school. When you studied for a test, you were trying to "memorize" the material so you would do well on it.
How much more important is God's Word than a math or English test? We should be reading, studying and memorizing it.
So try working out a plan to add Bible memorization to your study time. You might want to memorize a verse or two from the passage you're studying for that week. Or if you're doing a study topic, find a verse or verses that support the topic you're studying and memorize those.
You can do just about anything you want. There aren't many restrictions to this. The important thing here is to...
MEMORIZE GOD'S WORD!
But keep a few parameters in mind...
1. Don't try to take too many verses. Some people memorize faster than others. So don't try to race your spouse or your brother-in-law to see how many verses you can stuff into your head in a week's time. The important thing is to be able to recall what you've memorized.
2. Make "study sheets" by cutting small index cards in half. On each card, write one verse to study for that time. If you really want to get organized, punch holes in the corner of the cards and keep them on a snap key ring. That way you can carry them around and study them all the time.
3. Find a system that works and stick to it. Consistency is important in any study of God's Word, but especially Bible memory.
4. Always...always...always ask God to teach you something through your time in Bible memory. God's Holy Spirit is the Illuminator of God's Word. So ask Him for help as you memorize.
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. Find all the verses in the Bible that deal with glorifying God. These can be situations where individuals do the glorifying or where we as Christians are commanded to do it. Make a chart and categorize each type of situation where glorifying God is mentioned (Luke 2 is a good place to start for this time of year.)
2. Compare the two Christmas stories in Matthew 1 and Luke 2. Answer these questions...
What were the main points of each story?
What was similar in each account?
What were the differences?
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
Matthew mentions a prophecy of Christ's birth mentioned in the Old Testament.
Where was that prophecy found?
How many other similar prophecies of Christ are mentioned in the Old and New Testaments?
Try to find as many as possible.
Contact us through our “Contact Page” and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!
Yep! You've got it right! Still staying busy!
We hope you're recommending this e-zine and our site Bible-Student-Online.org to your friends. We want to present this ministry to as many as possible.
As we mentioned last month, your Christian friends would benefit most from this e-zine and our site. But we have pages for the unsaved seeking Christ as well. We even have a page dedicated to all those skeptics out there. You can find these pages by clicking the "Meet Jesus" button.
Don't forget about our upcoming e-book, I’ve Enlisted…Now What? Successful Strategies for God’s Soldiers. It's taking a little longer to produce than we expected. So it won't be ready for Christmas as we hoped. We'll give you more info a little later.
Just check out our site Bible-Student-Online.org to get the latest news. Here's a few of our goals with this book...
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 this month. We hope you enjoyed this resource provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.