'Bible' Tagged Posts

'Bible' Tagged Posts

What Does the Bible Teach About Heaven?

What does the Bible teach about heaven? In his commentary on Mark, Danny Akin includes some great lists to help provide clarity. What Will Heaven Be Like? Heaven is being prepared by Christ Himself – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:3). Heaven is only for those who have been born again – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I…

7 Simple Steps for Scripture Memory

Scripture memory is a powerful catalyst for discipleship. Something happens when the Word becomes portable with you.  Your spiritual growth is exponential.  The discipline of mediating and memorizing Scripture turns God’s Word Bible from a book on a shelf to words on a heart. Meditating on it day and night (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2), we lay these words on our hearts (Deut. 11:18) and they become the joy and delight of our hearts (Jer. 15:16).  We store it in our…

66 Themes [Memory Verse from Every Book in the Bible]

The lost of art of meditating and memorizing Scripture is a key discipline in the life of the disciple.  Most believers know that Scripture memory is a good discipline but just don’t know where to start.  If no one has ever trained you in this work, here is a workable method that might help. One Scripture memory collection that I encourage you to consider is to memorize a theme verse from every book in the Bible. Coming up with the list…

The Difference a Study Bible Can Make in Prison

A few months ago, our staff received a letter from prison from an individual with a simple request: he wanted a study Bible.  Since I had been given some extras from someone, we put it in the mail and honestly forgot about it. Weeks later, I received a letter that floored me.  His gratitude was overwhelming, but his perspective was convicting. When was the last time you were this grateful for having a copy of God’s Word? The Letter August…

How Long Does It Take to Read Each Book of the Bible?

Bible intake is essential to Christian discipleship (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Josh. 1:8; Rom. 15:4; Heb. 4:12). If you don’t have a plan, you will find your Bible reading sporadic.  Don’t read the Bible like a yearbook (looking in the back for pages that apply to you) or a fortune cookie (hoping that the random passage will be God’s answer for you today).  The Bible has a beginning, middle, and end.  Each book has a logical train of thought.  God designed it that way.…

7 Reasons Your Bible Reading Is Inconsistent

For many years, Christians have called time in the Word and prayer a quiet time. While Christians talk about the importance of a quiet time, it is rare to hear people articulate how someone trained them to do a quiet time. I don’t have a perfect recipe, and I am by far not a perfect example, but I do feel the responsibility to share what I have learned along the way (Col. 1:28-29).  If Scripture teaches us to train ourselves…

Let’s Give the Gospel of Mark to the Hunsrik People

As we study through the Gospel of Mark together as a church, my personal life has been deeply impacted.  I have grown so much by studying the message and ministry of Jesus that I can’t imagine not having the ability to read this book. 3 million Hunsrik people of Brazil do not have the Gospel of Mark in their language.  We need to do something about it. As we studied, I really wanted to help other people around the world…

Biblical Patterns

Studying the Bible can be a daunting task.  The sheer size and amount of content can appear overwhelming to students who desire to know more.  While gleaning insights from individual passages is important, it is also important to understand the biblical patterns and how all of the content fits together. Download Handout – Biblical Patterns Stats on the Bible The Bible is 1 narrative composed of 2 testaments made up of 66 books. The Old Testament has 39 books and the…

What are Epistles?

Have you ever wondered what the “epistles” are? We have heard people talk about them in church, but have we ever stopped to understand what they are?  Essentially, the epistles are personal letters written to churches and individuals. Elmer Towns says, “While they follow the typical form of first-century letters in the Roman world, they uniquely express Christian truth.”  These authors wrote to express great truths of the Christian faith. They also wrote to explain how a Christian should exhibit…

Bible Study and Discipleship

A key component in personal discipleship is the practice of spiritual disciplines.  Spiritual disciplines are not meant to make you more liked by Jesus but more like Jesus.  We discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness (1 Tim. 4:7). No discipline is more important than regular Bible study because it encourages every other spiritual discipline. Download Handout – PD 05 – Bible Study and Discipleship 7 Reasons Bible Reading Is Inconsistent You don’t know where the finish line is.  Don’t approach…

Why Reading the Entire Bible Is Important

for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  -Acts 20:27 In Paul’s farewell speech to his beloved family in Ephesus, he makes a startling and yet glorious statement.  In his 3 years in that city (Acts 20:31), he taught them the complete counsel of God.  He wanted to make sure that they understood the entirety of God’s truth.  He didn’t neglect the hard portions of Scripture.  He taught them all. How is your grasp…

Colossians Overview

On Sunday, we begin a sermon series through the Book of Colossians verse by verse.  I am so excited to spend three months walking through this wonderful text on what biblical discipleship looks like within the context of a local church. This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the Book of Colossians. The Bible Project is a non-profit creating animated videos that explain the narrative of the Bible. These videos are free to use for personal…
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