Here are some links that we think you'll find useful in your studies.
How's Your Bible Reading Going? (The Gospel Coalition)
Regardless of your Bible reading plan (or lack thereof), you probably had a general desire for your Bible reading to be better in 2013 than it was in 2012—to read more, to read more consistently, to read more thoughtfully, to read more passionately, and/or to better apply it to our daily life. So how's it going?
Maybe so far in 2013 your Bible reading hasn't gone according to plan; it hasn't increased or improved as you'd hoped. Let me suggest several possible reasons why Bible reading might feel weak and wearisome, and suggest some ways in which those weaknesses might be helped.
The Authority of Scripture and the Christian Mission: A Closer Look (David Hesselgrave)
The Bible is not only true; it is also powerful. When God breathed into Adam's nostrils Adam became a "living being" (Gn 2:7). Similarly, as the product of the creative breath of God, Scripture has the ability to effect the salvation of sinners. Now Paul adds another dynamic. He adds that Scripture is beneficial in spiritual ministries designed to produce healthy believers and healthy churches. These ministries include: (1) teaching: teaching is the primary means of discipling believers in accordance with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20; (2) rebuking: the Holy Spirit uses Scripture to rebuke or convict us concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment according to John 16:8; (3) correcting: the Greek word contains the root ortho indicating that God's people are to "measure up" biblically and be "straight," or orthodox, in doctrine and practice; and, (4) training in righteousness: in the context of Scripture, righteousness has to do not only with a right relationship with fellow human beings but also and especially with God Himself as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21. Finally, Paul adds still another dimension to the dynamic of Scripture: the Bible is profitable for the man of God because when God's messenger employs Scripture in the foregoing ways he himself is made "complete" or "competent" and "equipped for every good work" (2Tm 3:17).
Ten Basic Facts about the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize (Canon Fodder)
One of the most formidable challenges in any discussion about the New Testament canon is explaining what makes these 27 books unique. Why these and not others? There are many answers to that question, but in this blog post we are focusing on just one: the date of these books. These books stand out as distinctive because they are earliest Christian writings we possess and thus bring us the closest to the historical Jesus and to the earliest church. If we want to find out what authentic Christianity was really like, then we should rely on the writings that are the nearest to that time period.
Why Learning Styles Are Essential for Groups (Bible Study Insider)
Having been deeply involved in the world of small groups for more than a decade now, I’ve learned a lot of new concepts and interesting ideas. But if I had to pick one area of study that’s had the greatest impact on the way I lead my own small group, I wouldn’t hesitate at all. It’s learning styles.
[Editor's note: Links to posts do not constitute an endorsement of all content on a website or blog. Be discerning with anything you read and test it against Scripture.]
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