Topical Studies

  • The Most-Read Bible Study Articles of 2012

    Inside BST
    The Most-Read Bible Study Articles of 2012 We featured a number of Bible study articles on the site in 2012 that helped you dig deeper in your understanding of Scripture. Here are the ten most popular.
  • Ethical Issues

    R. Keith Whitt
    Ethical Issues The overarching issue facing believers continues to be, Will we stubbornly cling to our personal views or will we commit to biblical standards? Will we follow the absolute principles of the Word of God or be tempted to devise our own guidelines as we are influenced by culture?
  • The Most-Read Bible Verses of 2012

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    The Most-Read Bible Verses of 2012 Now that Christmas has passed, a new year is almost here. Before we get there, however, we wanted to take a quick look back at what you've been reading this year on BST. To kick of the festivities, here's a look at the most-read Bible verses of 2012.
  • Preaching Advent as the Return to Paradise

    Harold C. Perdue
    Preaching Advent as the Return to Paradise The words of the prophet Isaiah speak to a longing to recover what is now only a memory. So no wonder that Christmas is so marvelous, that Advent is such an important group of Sundays for us.
  • Verses for Giving Thanks

    Verses for Giving Thanks As you celebrate Thanksgiving today, use these verses to remind yourself the real reason we have to be thankful.
  • What's the Best Thanks to Give?

    Deborah J. Thompson
    What's the Best Thanks to Give? In the harried frenzy that surrounds the holiday season, we sometimes forget the purpose of it all—to give thanks. So what's the best thanks to give this year?
  • An Attitude of Thanksgiving

    Michael Milton
    An Attitude of Thanksgiving Psalm 136 is a psalm that Spurgeon called one of Israel’s favorites because it was so simple. The refrain of this psalm is a refrain of praise to God’s grace--grace, mercy, and loyal love that leads us to thanksgiving.
  • Who Are You Serving This Thanksgiving?

    Mark Altrogge
    Thanksgiving is a great day to imitate Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. Here are a few ideas.
  • Did Paul Write Philippians in Rome?

    Matthew Harmon
    Did Paul Write Philippians in Rome? While some have suggested that Paul writes to the Philippians from Caesarea or Ephesus, I am persuaded the evidence points to the traditional view of Rome.
  • The Sacrament of Evangelism: We're Missing Out

    Stan Guthrie and Jerry Root, Authors
    The Sacrament of Evangelism: We're Missing Out This book is about evangelism and discipleship, but on an even deeper level it is about the presence of God in the life of the believer.
  • All Saints' Day, November 1

    Alex Crain
    All Saints' Day,  November 1 The Bible doesn’t teach us to pray to the saints, through the saints, or for saints. Rather, we remember the saints and to allow the testimony of their faith spur us on.
  • Overcoming Anxiety for Jesus

    Stan Guthrie
    Overcoming Anxiety for Jesus Somehow we think we still have the power to mess things up. But God's care is not theoretical. It is intensely practical.
  • Bible Study Won’t (Necessarily) Change Your Life

    Trevin Wax
    It is possible to know the Scriptures, read the Scriptures, revere the Scriptures and miss the point entirely.
  • Fruit of the Spirit: The First Steps to an Enduring Marriage

    Deborah J. Thompson
    Fruit of the Spirit: The First Steps to an Enduring Marriage In order to love one another with a godly love, we mere mortals need a little help. That is where the “Fruit of the Spirit” comes in...
  • Who Were the Godfearers, and Which "God" Did They Fear?

    Chelica Hiltunen
    Who Were the Godfearers, and Which The meanings of words change over time, which is why we need to consider original historical, social and religious contexts of terms like ‘Godfearer'
  • Does God Care How Much We Give?

    Francis Chan
    Does God Care How Much We Give? God didn’t just give a little for us; He gave His best. He gave Himself. John says that it is no different for us: True love requires sacrifice.
  • Curiosity and Christ

    David Murray
    Curiosity and Christ Should Christians support and celebrate the Mars Exploration Program? More importantly, does God?
  • Romans: Cornerstone of Christian Living

    Charles Swindoll
    Romans: Cornerstone of Christian Living Why must righteousness be a gift from God? Because all humanity is unrighteous, corrupted by sin and unable to live according to God's perfect standards. So suggests Paul in his "grandest, most comprehensive statement of the gospel," the letter to the Romans.
  • When Christians Sin

    Sinclair Ferguson
    When Christians Sin Does the church too often reverse the gospel or react without a proper sense of biblical responsibility?
  • Breaking Free From Worry by Knowing Jesus

    Greg Laurie
    Breaking Free From Worry by Knowing Jesus Are you a person who is gripped by worry today? Before you can know the peace of God, you need to have peace with God. But this is only possible through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.