Bible Study | The Practical Disciple - Part 3

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How to Study a Book of the Bible in Five Easy Steps

How to study a book of the Bible

When I first started reading the Bible my sole focus was to read the entire Bible in a year. That’s not uncommon. In fact, I bet some of you are doing so as a New Year’s resolution. Once you read the Bible and familiarized yourself with the big picture, studying individual books of the Bible can be rewarding.

Why do book studies?

Each book of the Bible was given by God for a unique purpose. Think of the Bible as not just one book but a whole library telling God’s story. Every book gives you insight into core themes and God’s identity.

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God Help Me Start Over

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“God help me start over.” That’s what I was feeling recently. I wasn’t pleased with my life; particularly, my relationship with the Lord. I wasn’t pleased with how I was spending my time, failing to meet goals, or my blog. Somehow I allowed myself to get off track and God was in the margins. Have you been there?

Praise God that our God believes in starting over. God calls us to start over. He yearns for us to start over. We see it in the story of the prodigal son. We hear it in the call to become a new creation. I don’t know what starting over means for you,

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Don’t overlook the basics–Starting the Day in the Word

As some of you know, over the last three months I was on a Sabbatical. A Sabbatical is a dangerous thing. Your time is almost entirely your own. You have no one to point a finger at if you miss your morning devotional time, fail to work out, or some other basic activity of a good life. I learned a lot about myself during that time and why I do or don’t do things.

The hobgoblin of my missed morning devotional is busyness. When I do fail to get my Bible reading done in the morning, the simple and undeniable reality I find is that it’s because I simply failed to make it a priority. I allowed other activities to nudge there way to the

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Growing Your Skills to Give God Your Very Best


How are you doing so far this year as a disciple?  That’s the question I asked myself this morning in my prayer closet.  Can you believe a month of 2012 is already gone?   I paused in my prayer closet today to specifically evaluate how I am doing at my 5 SPARK intentions for the year: Study, Prayer, Action, Rest and Kindling.  I want to share with you a quick look at how my intentions are going so far and then share with you the importance of growing your skills for the work God has given you.
 

My SPARK benefits have been:

  • More time in prayer. I spend anywhere between 30 minutes

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My Favorite Bible Study Resources



I have four bible study resources that I reach for regularly: The New Westminster Dictionary of the Bible, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, the New Inductive Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible. If you are not familiar with these resource, then I highly recommend you watch this short video for a quick tour of each. Then I recommend you get at least one of these resources to begin adding depth and breadth to your reading.
 
Note: For those of you who are taking my freeThrough The Bible in a Year online course and want a more thorough companion than just the quick notes I provide, you

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Double Your Chances of Staying On Schedule with Your Bible Reading Plan With One Simple Solution


 
You can nearly double your chances of staying on track with a bible reading plan just by having a set time each day for reading. That’s what I discovered when I surveyed people who are in the Through The Bible in a Year Program by The Practical Disciple.
 
Thus far 18 people have responded to a survey I released a couple of days ago. The pie chart on the left above represent 10 people who have set times for reading. 70% of them are on schedule with their Bible reading plan. Whereas, the pie chart on the right represent 8 people who do not have a set time for reading. Only 37.5%

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