Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!

January 2009
Volume #002
Issue #001

Hello <>!

Welcome to the January edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.

It's been another busy month. But that hasn't stopped us from bringing you great new site content and another great edition of our e-zine. 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

I've written before on the subject of setting goals for study time. But what better time to revisit this subject than this time of year...the beginning of a new year.

The effectiveness of your Bible study time will be dependent on how much your prepare. And this all begins with how you organize your time. I'm not talking about every second of every minute, mind you. I am talking about scheduling. Let me explain...

If you have a definite routine set for your study time, you'll be more likely to study every day. Here are a few tips and tricks to help...

1. Get a pocket scheduler or small calendar and plan what you'll be doing for the next week. Write what you'll do each day for that week on each day. Your daily plan will be dependent on your style of studying.

I wouldn't advise planning too far ahead. Some people feel they can plan out their entire devotional life for the entire year. If that's you...go for it. But most people can't do that (although they do try.) I would advise a weekly, or at most, a monthly schedule. That way you can adjust your study time according to God's leading if need be without throwing off your whole year!

I use a study plan based on a computer generated schedule created by the Logos Bible program I have. But here's the key...

However you do it, put some effort into planning your study time.

2. Find a time slot during the day where you can devote your time to God. If you're a busy housewife, wait until the kids go to bed or study first thing in the morning before they get up. The fewer distractions you have, the better. Remember...

God is worth it! So give Him that time!

3. One caveat to keep in mind...

Make sure when you come to the end of your plan, you remember to create another plan. Those who go with shorter weekly or monthly plans should especially keep this in mind. Plan a time when you "reschedule" your study time. A plan does no good if you don't keep it current.

And finally...

4. I've said it before...I'll say it again...

When you find that perfect schedule and perfect time slot, stick to it. Don't let your devotional time "slide." It's too important. God's Word should be a passion we all share as believers in Jesus. So don't let your study time slip away. Stick to that schedule and time slot.

Next month we'll go more into the specifics of our Bible study time. But until then...

Keep up the good work. And...

Keep the Faith!

God bless!
WJB


Bible Study Starters of the Month

Here are a couple ideas to jump-start your brain for your personal Bible study…

1. The book of Jeremiah tends to come across as depressing to students of God's Word. It does contain many negative themes. But there are also those places that encourage and uplift. So find all the places where the Lord speaks (for example "Thus saith the Lord" or something close to that.) Determine what the tone of the message is (negative/positive.) Look at the message and determine how it might fit into your life or some events that might be going on around you.

2. Look for the word "new" in the New Testament. A Strong's Concordance or good Bible computer program may help. Then answer these questions...

What are some of the situations in which God mentions "newness" in His Word?

What does each example of "newness" represent?

How does this "newness" affect you?


Bible Study Project of the Month

Put on your thinking caps this month...

Romans chapter one (1) stands as one of the most important and contorversial chapters ever written in the Bible. Study that first chapter in detail this month. Outline the various themes of that section and determine if they are to be taken literally or figuratively. Also, "map out" the progression of man's descent into sin. Determine how this affects you and all those around you. You might find a few hints to this in the following chapeters of Romans.

This may seem like an easy assignment with only one chapter. But give yourself the whole month to do it. There's a lot there. And you may find yourself delving deeply into the whole book to find some answers.

Contact us through our “Contact Page” and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!


What’s New?

If you've been to Bible-Student-Online.org lately, you've probably noticed some upgrades. We've inserted reference tags for all Bible references on our site. This will enable you to more readily reference Bible passages without having to open new windows to do it.

The tags reference the King James Version of the Bible. For some verses, archaic language might stand in the way of you understanding it. So...

If you click on the tag, it will open a new window and take you to a page where you can find the passage in just about any version you can imagine. This way you still have to open a new window, but only if you don't understand the archaic language of certain verses. For the most part, the KJV should be self-explanitory. But in those cases where it might be hard to understand...

Just click! An explanation is only a click away!

Also...

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.

God bless!