I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve blogged! Things get so busy when I’m concentrating on schoolwork and friends. Lots have happened in the last couple months… we moved into a little studio apartment on campus (that I LOVE) and Corey found a great job that he loves that we’re still thanking Jesus for.
I am really enjoying college and all that I’m learning. My favorite classes this semester are Bible Study Methods and Gospels. In my bible study methods class we are doing just like the title suggests – learning how to study the bible.
Now, the bible isn’t exactly a foreign concept to me. I grew up going to church, had Christians around me constantly, and even my grandfather and uncle have been pastors all my life. Yet still, I’ve never really learned how to study the bible. No one’s ever taught me.
I’ve heard that I should study the bible, but never how to actually go about doing it. This class is really helping with that and I’m fascinated with how much I’m learning, and I’m learning how much I don’t know! It’s quite humbling, to say the least.
I’m just about done with reading a book for this class called, “Living by the Book” by Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks.
This book has pretty much transformed how I read the bible and how I understand it. I recommend it for anyone that has never learned how to study the bible or that would just like to deepen their studying of the bible. It’s broken down into three major sections which are observation (what do you see), interpretation (what does it mean), and application (how to live it).
In the first couple chapters, the book explains why it’s so important to study the bible. Now, if you’re like me, you’ve had pastors tell you all your life that you need to be reading your bible…and blah blah blah, in one ear and out the other. However, it’s so true! Studying the bible is essential for our spiritual growth, maturity, and effectiveness. There’s a quote on page 24 that says, “The mark of spiritual maturity is not how much you understand, but how much you use. In the spiritual realm, the opposite of ignorance is not knowledge but obedience.”
Therefore, I’ve also learned that studying the bible doesn’t mean jack… unless I actually put it to use, which is the hardest part! It’s easy to read something and have the knowledge in my brain; it’s an entirely different ballgame when I let it change my actions, way of thinking, and most important of all, my heart.
I highly recommend “Living by the Book” and I’d be glad to lend it to someone once I’m finished reading it. Have a great spring break! =)