Bible Study for the Rest of Us
I had been in a regular Bible study for many years. As a matter of fact, that is how I became a Christian; during a study of the book of John. But that’s another story. This story is how God gave me a fresh perspective on Bible study. It’s what I call “Bible study for the rest of us.”
It was the summer of 2012. Our regular Bible study group had just completed an intensive nine-month study of the book of Acts. I was ready for time away from a demanding schedule and eager to start my regular summer Bible study at a more relaxed pace. In previous summers I had become acquainted with different books of the Bible. I was hoping to do the same that summer. But God had a different plan for me.
Instead of having me study one book, God seemed to be pointing me to a study of the whole Bible. Questions formed in my mind – what did I really know about the Bible as a whole? I mean, what exactly is the Bible? And what is it about? Could I even articulate answers to these basic questions? And why are Christians expected to read and study the Bible? Is it as good or as worthwhile to read as other books? What could be some new ways to approach Bible study on my own? And, was I even capable of doing that?
Well, that “little” summer study stretched into a year-long search. And God was faithful to help and guide me. I learned that the two testaments are God’s promises (or, covenants) of reconciliation to Him through Jesus. An inventory of all the books in the Bible showed me that the Bible is a continuous story of God’s interaction with mankind. And by reading just the beginning of each book, I learned how each book fits into this bigger picture. Although each book is unique, there is still one storyline and one message of the Bible; God’s purpose and plan to live with His people and be their God.
So, check out the Bible for yourself. Ask bold questions. Grab a study buddy. Notice what God says about Himself and His purpose and plan for your life. Psalm 138:2 says, “You have exalted above all things your name and your word.” Seek Jesus anew by finding Him in the scriptures. And God will bless your efforts!
By Mary Gosselin, Hope member and Women’s Ministry Team member