The value of today’s link recommendation is actually two-fold, providing you with a simple overview on the subject of personal Bible study which is actually part of a much larger series of proven study materials designed for spiritual development.
A LESSON ON PRIVATE BIBLE STUDY METHODS
First, there is a succinct stand-alone lesson on “Private Bible Study Methods.” This relatively short lesson is a great starting point for a single class on the topic of how to study the Bible, as well as a nice tool to print and give to a new Believer. The lesson presents four different essential aspects of personal Bible study, including:
- Proper Attitude for Bible Study
- Tools Needed
- Suggested Methods
- Life Application
I especially like how the lesson author sets the stage at the beginning of the study by quoting Martin Luther, who apparently studied his Bible the same way he searched for apples when he said:
“Search the Bible as a whole, shaking the whole tree. Read it rapidly, as you would any other book. Then shake every limb — study book after book. Then shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters when they do not break the tense. Then shake each twig by a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences. And you will be rewarded if you will look under each leaf by searching the meaning of the words.”
Instead of restating more of the lesson here, I’ll simply encourage you to check it out for yourself.
TEN BASIC STEPS TOWARD CHRISTIAN MATURITY
In addition to the lesson just discussed, the TenBasicSteps.org web site has another 68 lessons total divided into ten different categories or “steps,” all designed to a facilitate growth in the Christian’s life. Starting with an overview of what it means to be a Christian, the ten basic steps studies are as follows:
- The Christian Adventure
- The Christian and the Abundant Life
- The Christian and the Holy Spirit
- The Christian and Prayer
- The Christian and the Bible
- The Christian and Obedience
- The Christian and Witnessing
- The Christian and Giving
- The Old Testament
- The New Testament
At this point, you, the reader have likely fallen into one of two camps, as it were. There are those of you to whom all of this sounds pretty familiar, as the Ten Basic Steps toward Christian Maturity have been around for awhile. You know that this material was written by Bill Bright and used by Campus Crusade for Christ (which he founded) as a discipleship tool for new Believers. You may have even been trained on some basic concepts using these study guides or maybe used them to train others, so you are already familiar with the value of these tools.
If, however, you are in the camp of not having experienced the Ten Basic Steps materials before, (and depending on your generation you may be in good company), I encourage you to look at the lessons in the different steps, including the one on “The Christian and the Bible” (Step 5) and the last two which present an overview of the Old and New Testaments.
These are all good, proven resources that make a great foundation for both individual and group study, as well as a starting point for Bible study discussions. It’s great to see the entire series be made available for free online.
Private Bible Study Methods link:
Ten Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity link:
[Blog Author’s Note: If you are interested in purchasing any of these books for personal or group study, I encourage you to visit Christianbook.com. You can order “Step 5: The Christian and the Bible,” which includes the lesson on “Private Bible Study Methods” here.]