God commands us to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger—we are to study God’s Word with eagerness, patience, and diligence before teaching it to others, and accept what it teaches us rather than rebel in anger. We are to seek to live righteously and humbly obey what we learn. This is not to frighten you away from teaching the Word, but to encourage you to spend more time understanding it. Unsure how to do that? Here are a few steps you can take each time you prepare to teach on a passage of Scripture.Read More
My dear sister who loves theology, I must ask: Has this knowledge and theology changed you yet? Has your abounding comprehensionfound its way to your heart so as to shape your life? Do the words you speak, the thoughts you think, the actions you commit represent the information in your mind?Read More
This message is one I am preaching to my own heart as much as I am preaching it to you. I do not do well with memorizing Bible verses, and I have very few memorized (mostly by accident). Growing up, I was never encouraged to memorize Bible verses in Sunday School. We didn’t get gold stars for reciting the passages we had memorized. Once I became a Christian, I never saw the point of memorizing Scripture. I thought, “Why bother take the energy to memorize a verse when I can look it up online? What good will it do for me to memorize Scripture?”Read More
The Holy Spirit not only gives us the ability to understand Scripture, but He is also the One who enables us to obey it. The enemy is fighting fiercely against us, throwing his best weapons of temptation our way and giving us many reasons to disobey what we have learned. Thankfully, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us.
Today in our series on Bible Study for Heart Change, we are looking at how the Holy Spirit fills us and enables us to obey God’s Word.Read More
When we study the Bible, we may be tempted to take pride in our knowledge, practice, or ability. But if we only had our own talent to get us through Scripture, it would not be enough. Like in the entirety of the Christian walk, we are completely dependent on the Holy Spirit in our Bible study. It is only because of the Holy Spirit that true change can take place in our hearts when we study Scripture. He not only helps us understand the Bible, but also convicts our hearts of sin and directly applies the Word to our hearts.Read More
We don’t approach God’s Word the same way we approach a book of fairy tales, our “beloved” math textbook, or the latest Christian nonfiction book. Because God’s Word is immensely different from each of those. God’s Word is true, authoritative, sufficient, inerrant, and perfect. The Bible is breathed from God. It calls for a different response than any other book we will read.Read More
In the same way us camp counsellors had to check our appearance before the parents arrived to pick up their children, we need to check our hearts and attitudes before approaching God’s Word. We learned last week that Scripture is from the very mouth of God, holds His authority, is completely perfect, and sufficient for all our needs as a Christian. Such a Word requires a godly attitude from us.Read More
In this series, I want to focus in on the life-giving Word of God. Before we begin learning how to study the Bible though, we need to set our foundations. It is critical that we understand the purpose and characteristics of the Bible if we want to study it well. If we are to rightly delight in the Word of God, we must begin with a knowledge of it.Read More
At first glance, this passage may look too personal for us to share in or take away from as he discusses his own concerns for these specific churches. But we know that the entire Bible is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Perhaps this passage of Paul’s “wish list” will challenge you and what you desire to see in your local church, and how you go about making it happen.Read More
Suddenly, one-by-one, the people stop what they are doing and begin to look up. You turn and look up to the highest place of the town. On one side, a group of fair young women are calling out harmoniously. On the other, a woman dressed in scarlet cloth and revealing attire sits beckoning to the crowd.
Both sides are calling out, so it is a bit difficult to decipher what is being said, so you turn to the young women to focus in what they are saying.Read More
Proverbs 4 may sound a bit like that when you first read it. The father (Solomon) repeatedly tells his son to be attentive, to accept, to listen to, to remember, and to keep wisdom. But there’s a reason for this continual emphasis. Though we may reply, “I know, I know,” we still forget and still turn away from wisdom when foolishness appears better. We need to be reminded of why this pursuit of wisdom is so important, and we need to be encouraged to keep chasing after wisdom because we will never fully attain it.Read More
We struggle with finding time to read God’s Word whether it’s our time-consuming job, business, children, family, responsibilities, or ministries. So to help you brainstorm and figure out a way to create your own devotional time, I have asked 8 busy women who love the Word to share with us how they find time to devote to God praying and reading Scripture.Read More