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What a Privilege: The Joy of Personal Bible Study

I believe if you could evaluate all the schemes of the Devil against Christians, the one that would stick out the most is distracting us from time with the Lord.  The easiest way to get believers to stumble is to get them to neglect spending time with God. That is what personal Bible study is, fellowship with God. Rick Warren in his book Bible Study Methods points out 4 reasons why personal Bible study, or quiet time, is a privilege.  I would like to highlight these for you to consider as you personally devote yourself to Bible study each week in preparing to teach God's word.  It's easy to let time get away from us, and we get to a point where we just don't devote adequate time to preparing to teach. Those of you who are teachers shouldn't just prepare a lesson in order to have something to say on Sunday.  Your Sunday lesson should be an overflow of your own personal time with God and His word during the week. It is a privilege to meet with God and study His word, a

Spiritual Listening: Meditating on and Teaching the Psalms

Augustine is quoted as saying about the book of Psalms "what is there that may not be learned in the Psalms?".  Martin Luther said of this precious book "the Psalter is a little Bible, and the summary of the Old Testament.  One verse of the Psalms is sufficient for the meditation of a day; and he who at the end of the day finds himself fully possessed of its sense and spirit, may consider his time well spent". (Plumer, p.7)  It is a cherished book that provides us glimpses of praise, hope, grief, abandonment, love, and wonder in the lives of it's authors and in the history of Israel.  It's an ancient hymn book that still has meaning and application for us today.  It provides us a full theology of God and prophecies of His coming Messiah. As rich as they are, they can be a challenge to study and teach.  Pastor Dr. Mike Miller of  FBC Dickson, in his study A Heart for God's Word: Walking Slowly Through  Psalms ,  says it is important to read and study th

Teaching for Transformation, Part 3: Actions

 "People do not drift toward holiness". ~D.A. Carson This is the last of three posts on teaching for transformation.  I've already mentioned that the first part of transformation is the affections, what we desire, value, and will.  This transformation also leads to a change in our thinking.  These changes are internal.  They are issues of the heart and mind.  They are important but intangible.  The final part of transformation is obedience, or our actions. Ephesians 4 and 5 have a lot to say about this.  In Ephesians 4:22-24, Paul says "you took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God's likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth". (HCSB)  He is saying that transformation is like removing an old garment and replacing it with a new one.  You removed your old self and "put on" the new self wh