In the Beginning was the Word…

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Bible study | 0 comments

I am fulfilling my promise to launch a how-to series on inductive Bible study today, but first, let’s take just a minute to orient ourselves to the main purpose of Bible study of any kind, any method.

Our focus is to be on God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s not about what we can find for ourselves as the main goal. So often, our approach can be to find comfort and help in time of need but if that is our main objective in approaching Bible study, the focus is on self instead of our triune God.

With that said, I want next to remind us that the Word of God has been around since the beginning of time. See John 1?  Not the pages, but Jesus Christ, the Word incarnate. If you’ll keep that in mind as you read all of Scripture, you’ll have a strong headway in understanding the entirety of the written Word of God because within the 66 books that were canonized, are things that point all of God’s people to the promised Messiah. We clearly see God at work in fulfilling his promises in and through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ. And we see the Holy Spirit active in the midst of it all.  This is what we call the meta narrative of Scripture – the overarching picture of Christ in all the Bible. Keep the Trinity at the center of your reading as you see Christ the hope of glory revealed book by book.

Now that you have a better idea of the direction from which I and other Christians approach Bible study, let’s get busy!

ASSIGNMENT 1 –  Over the course of this week collect your supplies listed below: 

  • colored pencil set of 8-12
  • a pen or pencil (I like the erasable Frixion pen from Target or an office supply store)
  • blank notebook paper or notepad
  • a Bible
  • a printed copy of Ruth, either in your Bible or printed on 8.5 x 11 paper leaving wide margins- I will be using the ESV translation and highly recommend it to you as a more literal translation of the Bible. It will be easier for you to hang in there with me if we are literally on the same page, too. Due to copyright laws, I am not at liberty to distribute the text in a downloadable and printable format, but you can set up a free ESV account at this link and from there, you have their instructions on how to copy and paste text into your own document. You can do this as we go through each chapter. You can determine your preference for margin width, too. Good margin space leaves room for notes.
  • an audible copy of Ruth – again at esv.org is the ability to hear the audible text for your own listening purposes via the esv app, you can play it through your smart phone while accessing specific text.
  • a dedicated spot for studying. Clean up a study spot in your home by getting your supplies ready and arranged on a desk or putting them in a tote and placing it beside that chair that holds your clean or dirty laundry. Wash and/or put the laundry away.

ASSIGNMENT 2 – Pray. Thank God for his Word, ask him to still your heart as you devote attention to this particular book.

ASSIGNMENT 3 – Listen to Ruth via the app at one sitting, at least three days. So instead of scrolling mindlessly through Facebook or Instagram, listen to Ruth instead while doing nothing else. You could listen in the morning.

ASSIGNMENT 4 – Read the text of Ruth in its entirety the other four days when you weren’t listening to it. Instead of going down rabbit trails of links on Facebook, set aside the time to read Ruth. And if so inclined, read it aloud. Read it at the end of the day if you need a more specific plan.

Come back next Friday for the next assignment. If you have any questions feel free to contact me using the form below and I will be happy to get back with you.

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