This is a simple guide to help you dig into God’s Word.
These steps you are about to embark upon are not difficult. In fact they are quite easy, there are no elaborate condescending methods, just a common sense approach to get all we can from God’s most precious Word. I first developed this study over 15 years ago, and have taught it to countless groups from Junior Highers to Pastors. I carefully honed it and it has become very practical and beneficial.
Just like learning a new compute program, there is a learning curve, even when the program is easier. Remember the old days of computers, learning all those “DOS” commands. Now we just scroll the mouse and click. This book will allow you to scroll and click with ease. These “steps” will become second nature like a seasoned pastor spends a fraction of the time in his sermon preparation than when he first came out of seminary. You too can become a “pro” into God’s Word!
This book is for the new Christian, who has never picked up a Bible before and for the seasoned Bible teacher to be refreshed, because we all still need to be learning and growing. Besides an old dog can pick up some new tricks!
The primary purpose is to show you “How” in a logical clear and concise way to study His Word. This guide is not an exhaustive scholarly endeavor. There are many works that fit that bill, but they are not for the average Christian. They tend to be so technical that people will buy the book, but soon give up with it, and thus give up with knowing the Bible deeper.
This Guide will provide you with the “map” of questions, tools, and a chart; but you must provide the will. To surrender our will to God’s will is the essential element of being a growing Christian. God’s Word provides the way; you simply provide the means.
There are many ways we can study the Bible effectively. There is no “best” way, only that we do it! Many Christians feel all they have to do for Bible lessons is sit in a pew, turn on the television or radio, or naturally receive their knowledge for being a Christian; but this is not how to transform our lives. We must read and get into the Word of God ourselves: Through prayer, hard work, discipline, concentration, application, and even more prayer!
“For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
(Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
So set aside time each day free from distractions and go for it with passion and vigor. As you start to dive into these steps and gain more insights into His marvelous Word, you will find your life transformed; not because of this book, because of His book. You will find a growing sense of anticipation as you approach your study time, and that the study of His Word becomes fun and enjoyable. You will discover more in a few minutes than what you ever did before. You will find that over an hour of your “old” way of just reading it like a textbook will no longer reveal the results that these “pointers” will in a fraction of the time!
So let Christ transform you through His Word.