WHY SHOULD WE REALLY DESIRE TO KNOW THE WORDS OF GOD IN THE BIBLE STUDY
Charles e Whisnant, Teacher
April 12, 2015
Lesson 1: What is Scripture, and why?
Lesson 2: The Bible as God’s Message
Lesson 3: Scripture Teaches Us
Lesson 4: The Bible in discernment
Lesson 5: Studying the Bible
Lesson 6: Asking and Thinking with the Bible
Lesson 7: What Does ‘Biblical’ Mean? (you just read this!)
Lesson 8: Some Key Concepts of Bible Study
Lesson 9: Words For Describing the Bible
Lesson 10: Devotional Bible reading
The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God himself. A. W. Tozer
The Bible were not written over 2000 years, and lived by many, to be kept and collected and piled up , just to be put into a basket for holding God’s wonderful, life changing truths and stories with morals that have good effects.
Thirty million sought psychotherapy. “People go to therapy to cope with disorders, relationships, stress, grief, to figure out who they are and learn to live life to the fullest.”
First Peter 2:1 “desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby..” Growbylearning.org.
Thirst to know…. To learn of God requires that you thirst to find out. Just to know plenty is not good enough.
It means to be intentional -be eager to learn. Be disciplined. Question, challenge, wrestle, and sometimes even insistently reject what you hear. Some time you need to disbelieve your knowledge, and disbelieve your doubts, and don’t believe everything that you think and hear.
Learn to trust that the Spirit is at work, and it is this same Spirit that communicates the truths of the Scriptures beyond anything thing else. God wants you to know. And to thirst to know God, the Lord Jesus Christ is the best avenue.
HOW TO LEARN FROM THE BIBLE:
One: read the notes Pastor/Teacher Charles gives you and take them home and study them, made a devotion out of them.
Two: listen to the sermon again on you tube or vimeo.
Three: study it yourself, study it with others, live how the Word leads you by the Word. Live it out with others that are living it out, and also others who are not living it out.
Your mind will change as you learn – and if you are not – then you are not really learning. You can learn to think biblically, you can learn to change your behavior, you can learn to be lead by the Spirit. Practice the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
DON’T JUST READ THE WORD OF GOD, DO SOMETHING WITH IT. WHEN GOD SPEAKES THINGS HAPPEN.
The truths in the Word of God can effect and rub off on just about anybody. The applying of the Word will not come back empty.
READ THE SCRIPTURE WITH ATTTIUDE
Read with faith that is right, and with passion.
Pastor Charles loves bibles, but not for the paper that its written on, but for the person whom speaks through them.
The truths that are in the Bible teach that which is the foundation for depth and exploring, mining and understanding all dimensions of God’s truth.
THE BIBLE IS THE VOICE OF GOD, not a Charles Martin, or Lisa Harris, or Melody Carson novel.
TRY THE FOLLOWING
Choose a book of the Bible you’ve never read before, and read it aloud at the loudness and speed you would use in ordinary speech. Read it all the way through, even the technical parts. This can be done a chapter or two a day, which gives you more time to think about it.
Or, choose a poetic passage, such as in the Psalms, Song of Songs, or Lamentations. Read it aloud, slowly, giving yourself time to savor it and let it sink in.
Think of Scriptural ideas, symbol, or passages that have affected your life through non-Christian or general-public sources or people. (They’re all over the place, but you may have to think a bit to find them.)
Name one thing you have learned from the Scriptures.
When you’re studying the Gospel, try memorizing some of the key summary lines Jesus says, or scriptures of encouragement, or some of the promises Jesus makes to His followers.
If you’re reading the Bible in a church study group, try asking yourselves the question: What does