Summary: Part 2 of this series. This message focuses on different ways to study the Scriptures so God can use them to transform us to be more like Jesus.
The Foundation of Following Jesus
Part 2 – Studying the Word
January 16, 2004
NOTE: THE ME/WE/GOD/YOU/WE FORMAT IS FROM ANDY STANLEY'S BOOK, "COMMUNICATING FOR A CHANGE."
Audio of his message can be heard at www.aberdeeenwesleyan.org.
Me: I was very fortunate in that immediately after becoming a Christian I wanted to learn more about the Bible.
I hadn’t had a ton of exposure before then, except for what I had been reading the summer before I went to college.
I was also fortunate in that I was able to get involved with a campus ministry that had lots of Bible study groups on campus.
Throughout college, I learned lots about the Scriptures as well as different ways to study the Bible, which made for a really enjoyable experience that laid the major foundation for me becoming a different person, and ultimately, becoming prepared for full-time ministry.
But I didn’t study the Bible so I could be a pastor. At that time, I wasn’t planning on a career in ministry.
I studied the Scriptures because I enjoyed it and I wanted to be better equipped to lead people to Jesus.
We: Some of you had the same experience – you have always enjoyed studying the Bible and you had people who could help you and give you the tools you needed.
But others of you might think of studying the Bible and you say, “I’d rather have a root canal.”
For some folks, the idea of Bible study sounds boring and tedious.
Well, let me be perfectly honest. If you think it’s going to be that way, then you’re probably right. It’ll be boring, tedious, and meaningless.
Others might be thinking that you’d like to get more into the Scriptures than what you get just listening and reading but you never knew how to go about it.
My hope is that no matter what part of the spectrum you’re on, you’ll get something you can use today, and that the Holy Spirit will begin to fan a flame in you that you can’t ignore.
God: I’m not going to cover everything there is to know about Bible study.
First of all, I don’t know everything there is to know about Bible Study. I’m still learning, I’m still finding new ways to get into the Scriptures myself.
Second, we could spend literally weeks just on the stuff I am going to share.
But fear not, we’re only going to spend a couple hours…today.
Actually, we’ll be out of here at pretty much the normal time.
I’m going to start off with four reasons studying the Scriptures is so important and why we shouldn’t be satisfied with just listening and reading.
And then I’m going to briefly cover different ways to go about studying the Bible that anyone here can start doing right away.
Okay? Let’s dive into some reasons to make studying the Bible part of your life.
1. Gaining better overall knowledge.
Getting a deeper and broader knowledge of Scripture or knowledge of a particular topic are great reasons to be intentional about studying the Scriptures.