I am convinced that God has spoken in Scripture in such a way that believers can achieve a sufficient, basic understanding of the text without advanced training in backgrounds. Yet the use of background studies does have the potential to greatly enrich our understanding of the Bible.
What kind of Bible study leads to transformation? It’s the kind that helps group members discover biblical truth, apply it to their lives, and develop spiritual habits. Here are four concepts that will strengthen the dynamic of your Bible study.
You don’t have to take a test to examine your Bible study habits. If the Bible doesn’t seem engaging or your readings seem arbitrary, something needs to change. Maybe the way you’ve been taught to study the Bible doesn’t work for you.
Bible reading plans don't have to follow any set rules or patterns. If you completed something more traditional in 2013, you could change things up in 2014. Here are some suggestions for doing just that.
As you make your list of resolutions for 2014, consider adding more food to your diet... the Bread of Life. A new year brings new opportunities to recharge your spiritual life, and one of the best ways to do that is to set a goal to read the Bible each day.
There is a temptation for older Christians to settle into a routine — into a self-perpetuating "system" of Christianity. We attend church, listen to Christian music, give our offerings, and occasionally attend prayer meetings. It's very easy for the machinery of Christianity to act like a boat which will carry those who step aboard with very little effort on their part.