Walking The Tightrope


Being a fundamentalist today is like walking a tightrope. You’ve got to make it past Lordship Salvation without getting wrapped up in it.. You’ve got to make sure you’re a dispensationalist. You’ve got to avoid Ruckmanism/Pearlism/Hyles-ism/ Riplinger-ism. You’ve got to avoid THeological liberalism.

Every teaching tool you turn to, you’ve got to be careful. Many commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, harmonies, teaching tools of all kinds, are written by theological liberals.

Logos is the most serious Bible study tool I’ve ever owned. But I’ve got to wade through interviews of people who’ve uncovered “Startling new discoveries on salvation” on the homepage – and what it boils down to is, it’s a heretic with a new book Logos is triyng to sell. Logos runs it by their resident scholars, who are theological liberals, and they see nothing wrong with it, because they don’t believe ether.

Accordance is written by a woman who’s devised a great study tool, but it’s clear from her blog entries on the Accordance web site that she too is caught up in THeological Liberalism.

Bound up in ALL of this is CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Roman Catholicism, because all Christian denominations should be one and united, despite serious doctrinal error and the basic facts that most people who claim to be Christian are not saved.

We need to be TOGETHER, and UNITED! It would be RUDE to tell someone who believes in Salvation by works that they’re hellbound! Why, it might make them feel bad!

“What about the eternity in hellfire part?”

“That’s not my responsibility.”

It IS your responsibility. If you partner with some theological liberal and don’t bother to tell him he’s hellbound, what will you say to him at the Great White Throne judgment when he says, “Why didn’t you say something?” Yes, you’re going into heaven. But he’s going to Hell. I have ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT that the resident scholar at Logos is not going to be with me in Heaven, but will be screaming in torments forever, in the lake of fire. So much so, that when his materials are free giveaways by Logos, when his classes are avialable, I avoid them like the plague. The same goes for NT Wright, and this new guy that looks so grim when he talks about his new discoveries about salvation being works oriented. The same goes for David Stern, the mis-translator and author of the Jewish New Testament translation. And CS Lewis. Etc.

I can understand why many IFB just lock themselves away with their King James and plug their ears. I’ve been tempted to do that myself. But I’m learning HUGE amounts about the Bible.

THe single hardest thing for me is, staying away from other translations, to stay away from other denominations. Wow, it would be GREAT to stop fighting, to stop swimming against the current. But we’re in the middle of the great falling away, the great apostasy. To give in is to join up, to help establish the wordwide faith that will help the Antichrist move into power. And I don’t want my eternity in heaven to be tainted with the knowledge that because I gave up, because I stopped fighting, I helped establish the Antichrist.

WAAAY too many people are going to have their eternity tempered with that realization. Way too many.

Don’t you be one of them.

How to find a Biblical Church


How to find a Biblical church.

In today’s world, finding a Biblical church sooner or later is going to become a necessity. The church you’re in right now probably has plans to turn into something that’s not a church, if they haven’t already.

The first thing you should ALWAYS do is ask to see the statement of faith. If they don’t have one on the website, be worried. A statement of faith nowadays has to be incredibly long, not a short little three paragraph thing.

  • What’s their stand on the Bible? Any Bible? The Message? Do they believe the Bible was inerrant and Inspired ONLY in the original manuscripts, or do they believe the one in your hands is inerrant and inspired?
  • What’s their stand on Salvation? I ask this becase literally, the most popular and famous Christian writer today – N. T. Wright – is preaching heresy, and so many Christians are dazzled by his writings that they’re not stopping to say “wait a minute…” Does this church believe salvation is a free gift of God and not of works, in accord with Eph. 2:8-9? Don’t assume they believe a Biblical message of salvation. If their altar call doesn’t mention Repentance… worry about it.
  • Do they baptize by immersion? If they teach baptism is not for today, avoid that church. I mentioned Jason Cooley a couple of times on this blog until I realized that was his stance, and now I reccommend people avoid him. If they offer you a choice, or baptize infants, leave that church.
  • Does it feel like a house of God, or a rock concert? I strongly feel that churches should play doctrinally strong hymns and not rock music for the service. While there are strong arguments for and against Christian contemprary music, there’s one thing you cannot deny – once a church makes a move for including modern music in its service, the doctrinal positions soon change. That’s not even a 70% type of statistic from what I’ve seen, that’s a 100% statistic. That alnoe should make you nervous. find me one church with a drummer, a bass player, and guitar solos that preaches the wrath of God against sinners and a literal eternity in burning fire and torment for anyone who is not born again. You can’t play half the service of universalist man-centered music and then preach a God centered message – it won’t last that way for long.
  • Do they preach a literal eternity in a fiery Hell for any who are not saved?
  • Do they accept EVERYONE who names the name of Christ as saved, despite evidence to the contrary?
  • Are the Deacons saved? Big question.
  • Are the walls painted black in the sanctuary? Really. I’m not kidding. There are several churches in my town whose walls are painted black, so that the light show works better.
  • Do they preach the whole word of God?
  • Do they make their doctrines based upon emotions, feelings, and what’s pleasing to the flesh – or do they base their doctrinal stand upon the Bible? THat’s a strong question nowadays. Believe it or not, David Cloud’s latest book makes the charge that Southern Baptists respond institutionally more by emotions than the word of God – and I can’t refute that.
  • Do they join hands with those who take unBiblical doctrines, or do they advocate Biblical separation from those in error?
  • Do they preach a Biblical pre-tribulation rapture, or do they assume somehow that there won’t be a rapture, or that “The Church” must go through part of or all of the Rapture? This is a big issue. Like the contemporary music issue, it’s the tip of the iceberg that something is wrong.

Okay, now let’s examine the other side of the issue.

  • Does the congregation look like they’re afraid to raise their eyes to look at the pastor?
  • If you try talking to someone before the service, do they cast a fearful eye at the pastor first before answering you?
  • Do the congregation member’s eyes pass by you as if you don’t exist? I learned in seminary that “As the congregation is, so is the Pastor first.” If the congregation ignores you, so wil the pastor.
  • Do they kick the homeless and needy out of the church – or does the Deacon pull them aside and give them money so they can get some real food? Big issue for me. I saw the Deacon in my old church pull a homeless man who was begging during the service out of the sancutary – and then empty his wallet into the man’s hands. That deacon remains my hero, dsepite my leaving that church. By the way, that Deacon was a military retiree, on a fixed income.
  • Is there a constant theme of, “you’re not getting this kind of Biblical truth anywhere else!”
  • Does the church have pictures of Jack Hyles or Peter Ruckman prominantly displayed?

As we get farther and farther into the age of apostasy, it’s getting harder and harder to look for a Biblical church. So many churches are starting to remove denominational names from their church name (Baptist is not a denomination, but you know what I mean). And some are even removing the word “Church” from the name.

If they’re taking the word Church from the name… it’s a hint.

Use of the word Pharisee


I constantly encounter the word Pharisee by Christians, mostly Evangelicals. Recently, I encountered a hyper-grace believer on this blog, who was quick to try to subtly worm her way in by asking questions, subtly finding a way to slam Fundamentalists, and seized on that as a chance to argue with me that I was a Pharisee, full of works, because I wrote about… repentance and prayer.

Okay, Let me translate the word Pharisee for my Gentile readers, and let’s see if you understand how that word sits in my ears.

“Fundamentalist narrow minded Pharisee!”

In my ears means, “You Bible believing Jew!”

Jew.

You know, It’s been many years since I was called “Jew Boy” in school. Anti-Semitism still reigns in today’s society. Obama’s America in the last years of the reign of his regime had institutionalized Jew Hating. Schools of higher education were encouraged to be racist – against Jews. They used phrases to disguise it – “Divestiture”, “Censure”, “Israel”.

What it amounted to is that America has become increasingly intolerant, in the name of tolerance.

It’s bad enough I have to endure that from the unsaved, but to have my Christian brothers and sisters routinely engage in antisemitism is too much.

When you call someone Pharisee, understand this – you are being a racist. You are being a bigot. You are being an anti-Semite. You’re being a Jew Hater.

in 2008, one night late at night, while reading a book by John MacArthur and searching for the truth, I broke under the weight of my guilt over sin, and I cried out to God to save me from Hell. I called upon Jesus Christ in desperate need, and He answered. At that moment, my heritage ceased to be of importance. yet it’s thrown in my face over and over again.

We as Christians should not be racist. You should not say hurtful words. Don’t you think, if you call someone a Pharisee, you might have to explain that to Jesus Christ? When God says Israel is the apple of His eye, don’t you think you might want to be cautious about that?

When God says those who bless the seed of Abraham shall be blessed and those who curse Abraham’s seed will be cursed… you might want to be more careful?

You Gentiles reading this, understand this – you are a wild olive branch, grafted onto the vine of Israel. You’re joined into the vine along with me. We’re together. You have to live in the same place I do – forever, and ever, and ever.

Christians as a whole have examined their racism, realized its a sin, and repented of it. Except where the Jew is concerned. You look at someone who embraces the Bible as God’s instructions, and you snarl, “Jew!”

You say “Pharisee”, but I hear “Jew.” And it’s right back to 6th grade, and people shouting Jew Boy, and doing the Sieg Heil salute in my face, and shouting “Heil Hitler” as they spit on me.

I’ve gotten over that – certainly 6th Grade was a long time ago. But that feeling comes back when I hear Christians say, “Pharisee”.

To explain it, the Sadducee party disappeared in AD 70 with the destruction of the Temple. The only group to survive was the Pharisees. Jews today are the heirs of the Pharisees, and certainly it took a long time to break free of the mindset of the Chassidic teachings I’d learned, the Orthodox lifestyle. Seriously, it took a long time for me to be able to cut my fingernails without water nearby (if you don’t understand that, it’ll take too long to explain).

If you want to call me Fundamentalist, that’s fine. If you want to call me a literalist, someone who believes the Bible literally, that’s great! If you think I’m self-righteous, say that!

But anti-Semitism should NEVER be in the mouths of Christians. NEVER. If you harbor any anti-Semitic thoughts, pray about them. It’s like all sins we struggle with.

Don’t ever call anyone a Pharisee ever again.

Being a Pastor 7 – Preaching


Let’s move on to some of the more serious elements of being a pastor.

The primary job of the pastor is this – feed my sheep.

Something to remember – the congregation is composed of people just like you. There’s no distinction between “Clergy” and “Laity” in the Bible.

Everyone in your future church has the same sin issues you do. At any point in time, at least a quarter of any given local church will be in a state of backsliding to some degree or another. And any given message you preach, if it’s Biblical, is going to offend someone.

I would try this – be honest with your congregation but not in a mocking or cocky way. Honest, and with humility, remind people that preaching the Bible requires stepping on toes.

“One of the hard things about preaching, is that often some of us are struggling with the flesh. Our Old Man rises up in us routinely. There’s only two states a Christian has – when you know the Old Man has risen up, and when you don’t know the Old Man has risen up. And sometimes it will seem like I’m preaching to you directly. I’m not – God just delivers a message home without me.”

That had an ABC structure, and it was honest. A. We struggle with our flesh. B. It’s part of the regular Christian life, for ALL CHRISTIANS. C. God is the one who convicts.

Honesty will go a long way with your congregations.

There’s a funny phenomenon I’ve noticed. Most Pastors think “Preacher manner” is to… um… become effeminate in the pulpit. Our voices raise and soften, our gesture minimize, for fear of frightening our congregations. Many preachers micro-shrug when they preach, not knowing that’s perceived subconsciously as lying. Believe it or not, this softening of your mannerisms does not convey a message of caring to the congregation, but rather one of weakness.

Independent Baptist Pastors, on the other hand… tend to macho up.

Try this. Be strong. Be unassuming. Be Humble.

WHo’s got good preaching manner? Johnny Mac is good. john Macarthur spends much of his time breaking every rule about preaching. He’s looking at his pulpit most of the time. He doesn’t pace, he doesn’t even move. But he’s… strong in mannerism,

Danny Castle is a… wow. I could never be Danny Castle. Man, he gets FIRED UP when he preaches! If that’s you naturally, go for it. If it’s not… don’t affect it!

Be bold, but not cocky. You are preaching the word of God and it is never something to apologize for. When you get up there, and your hand has the fingers slightly curled as you gently wave it from the pulpit, you’re softening the message, believe it or not! You don’t have to pound your pulpit, you don’t have to do the “Kararte chop” for emphasis, but understand…. what you do physically is recieved louder by the congregation than what you actually say!

So… preach in front of a mirror while you’re in the first month of Seminary. Or video tape it, and ask someone to critique it for you.

Okay, let’s work on tone of voice. Your preaching tone of voice literally should be the same pitch as your speaking tone of voice. Don’t raise it in pitch to project.

Here’s something I haven’t heard anywhere else, but it’s true. Lower frequencies require twice the db to be as loud as higher frequencies. Most people raise their voice in pitch to shout or be heard. Far better to make sure your church as a good PA system, and not an old Fender 4 channel 100-watt PA system from 1974.

Instead, consciously practice preaching in the same key as your speaking voice… but a little louder. Let the PA do the work. I preached one sermon where the microphone I was wearing had dying batteries. As the sermon went on, my voice was getting quieter. So, I began projecting louder.

Here’s the question… how do you develop a louder voice? The answer is quite simple, and I learned it by accident. When I was 9, my mother bought a book at the grocery store about a boy in Spain who was learning to free-dive for pearls. So he practiced filling his lungs with air, every day – and holding them.

So, being a 9 year old boy, I’d walk around, doing just that. My speaking voice projects… well… way too loud. When I cough, apparently I’m deafening. And my cat runs away from me.

Let’s get to the last part. DON’T SLOUCH. Impossible to get good voice tone (it’s called timbre, by the way – pronounce that word TAMBER, not TIMBER), and it leads to the impression you’re not exactly sure. Stand up on your feet, chest out when you preach! You want to project the impression you are CONFIDENT. TRy to find some of those old public speaking films from the 1950’s, and notice the posture they want you to take (they were usually made by AFI – American Films… And were usually horrible!). Yes, they’re on the internet for free.

Okay, there you go. Starter notes on preaching. tomorrow, I’ll start on how to write a sermon.

preaching

 

Being a Christian – Sanctification.


bibleMany years ago, the Higher Life/Holiness movement produced a book called “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life”. It’s still sold for a couple of dollars in the cutout “Cheap book” bins at Christian book stores.

Countless millions have been led astray by her books. Speak in tongues? Your tongues speaking is an indirect result of her book. Why? That book influenced Frank Sandford, THE mover and shaker in Christianity who’s confused doctrine directly led to the Charismatic movement.

Why do I mention the “Christian’s Secret of a happy life?”

Because Hannah Whitehall Smith had not the slightest idea that there’s a difference between salvation… and sanctification. Literally, she uses the word Sanctification when she means salvation throughout the book!

She obviously was completely confused, and understood salvation to be a process – which it is not. The salvation by faith through grace part seems to compeltely miss her and pass her by – instead, she’s focused on salvation by how you live your life. Or perhaps, she thought of salvation as God’s gift, but you had to maintain it or lose it. Since they were moving in Methodist circles, that’s most likely what it was. I’m hoping for her sake she finally understood salvation.

Why do I bring this up? Most christians make the same mistake, but in the other direction. They assume since they get saved…

…you’re done. That’s it. No more growth.

Those are the same Christians who don’t read their Bibles.

Let me explain sanctification. Salvation is getting saved – free gift, nothing you do, all you do is accept it. No works involved. Ssanctification is “becoming holy” or “Set apart for Holy use”.

“But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: The LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” (Psalm 4:3–4, KJV)

“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” (Acts 13:2, KJV)

ἀφορίζω aphoridzo is the word in Greek. It basically means to set aside, to pull from a group. YOU are set aside for holy use.

ἁγιάζω Hagazio is the word here for Sanctify. The word means to set apart, to make holy.

The two words together give us the sense. You are set apart from the rest of humanity, separated by salvation. After that comes the process of becoming holy, for holy use.

forget all the Catholic interpretations! EVERY Christian is set aside for holy use. And so, you must grow in the Lord. That’s Sanctification. Making yourself holy.

So, how do you do that?

The last two days, we discussed what to write down in your daily studies. Tim LaHeye in his book on How to Study The Bible For Yourself included in his example sheets of what to write down one thing in particular: “A command to keep” or “a timeless principle.”

The Bible is the word for today (John 10:9) – oh, wait, I borrowed someone else’s catchphrase. sorry. Anyway, the point here is, those commands in the new testament actually outnumber the ones in the old. Many are repetitions of the other. Let’s try a command (gasp, LEGALISM!!!!):

Love one another.

Oh. Really? That’s all?

Buddy, when’s the last time you tried being loving to today’s Christians? Man, they will cut you up and spit you out! I try to act in love when speaking to other Christians – the thing I keep finding is (to borrow 19th Century terminology) we have a lot of professors of Christ, verses possessors of Christ.

The most loving thing you can do once you become aware is to tell a professor of Christ is they are not a possessor of Christ. Seriously. “I have a lot of questions about whether or not you’re saved.”

That’s a heavy thing to tell someone.

What other highly legalistic things are Christians required to do.

Pray without ceasing. Be alwayss in prayer. Ya know, it’s kind of hard to sin while you’re in a constant conversation with God. I’m sure most of us can manage to do it, but… try it. I’ve often said, the only way to get some Baptists to pray is put food in front of them.

“You… legalist!”

Forgive one another.

Hm! Let’s tackle some of the other ones. “Study to shew thyself approved.”

Witness. Pray. Give to charity. Tithe. And start putting the old man of sin to death.

If we start taking just one of these verses a week, and try working on it, perhaps we’ll all stop being baby Christians… and grow into what the Lord needs us to be.

I’m aware there’s a growing group of supposed Christians who teach Christians should not do ANYTHING, and call it Free Grace or hypergrace. It’s a serious error. It borders on heresy, because…

The Apostles wanted to see the fruit of salvation before they baptized you. If you’re not showing any fruit of salvation… They didn’t let you join the church. Because you’d be a professor of Jesus Christ, and not a possessor.

 

Being a Pastor 5 and Being a Christian – Bible Study 2


Yesterday I gave a really-way-too-brief explanation on how to combine your devotional reading and Bible Study.

Let’s detail how to do this. Some people simply want to read their Bible without distraction. If that’s your case, then you may want to try reading your Bible readings FIRST, THEN doing your study.

I can keep track of the flow easily as I study. At first, I tried the “read then study”, but I guess over the years I’ve been too interested in the details, and started studying as I read. If you’re this kind of person, great! Start your reading and study at the same time.

The way I’ve got it in yesterday’s article is a whopper. It’ll take you a while every day to study like that. If you want to try… you’re really going to progress in your knowledge of the Bible and your walk as a Christian. If on the other hand you just don’t have the time to committ like that, then… get Cooktimer, and set it for 15 minutes. Cooktimer is a small program that quite simply just counts down.

“What things should I add to my study notefile?”

Let me remind everyone that different Bible programs use different names for notefiles. There’s user books in Quickverse and Wordsearch. There’s commentary in Theword. There’s Study Notes in E-Sword (I presume most of you are using E-Sword as your main program). Scripturepad in Bible Analyzer. It doesn’t matter what it’s called, you just need some way to make your notes, commentary, etc on your study.

So, what should you add to your notes? Overall impressions. A summary of what the chapter is about. What’s its theme? I gave a suggestion of things you should be taking notes of yesterday.

For example, today in my readings…

“And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.” (Genesis 35:1, KJV)

I noted that the second use of “God” in that verse is El in Hebrew.

“But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth-el under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.” (Genesis 35:8, KJV)

I noted that Allon-Bachuth means “great tree of weeping”.

Got a place name? Look it up. Is there a measurement or weight? write down how much it is.

For highlighting your text in Bible programs, it’s important to highlight something so that important words stand out at a glance. Quick, what was created on what day of creation? Highlighting can help those words to stand out. In the Sermon on the mount, I used two different highlight colors to differentiate the “Blassed are you when…” and the reward “for yours is the…”. This way at a glance, I’m seeing the distinctions in the Bible.

I am so craving potato chips right now it’s not funny.

Being a Pastor 5 and Being a Christian – Bible Study 1


I’m writing this one as a combination of both series at once, trying to save on repetitious reading, because probably the non-ministry types (both of you – I say this tongue in cheek because every Christian is called to ministry in some way – but I’m referring to preaching ministry when I say “Ministry”) are reading these too.

Okay, we’re going to detail how to do the Bible study. I’ve done this several times in the past, but now i’d like firm commitments between you and God that you’re going to do this. Just leave a comment saying, “I started!”

First, you need to set up a Bible reading plan in your software, or on your calendar. This year, we’re doing the one I wrote about of Old Testament in the year, and New Testament Twice. It’s not too late to join in, you just need a week of massive reading to get caught up. At the time I’m writing this, I’m at Jacob’s life story in Genesis. You’ll just have to read 30 chapters or so of Genesis and about 8 chapters of Matthew to get caught up.

If you’re doing the manual study with Bible and notebook, you’ll need certain tools. A Bible atlas, a concordance, a book of cross references, and a Bible Dictionary. I’d prefer you have a topical Bible too. It seems like whenever I’m reading these articles by other people, how FEW of them tell you to have a Topical Bible! Well, let’s say you’re in Genesis, and you want to look up wells. You can look them up in Strong’s – but let’s not forget, the Bible uses terms that would have made sense to people living in Israel. Some wells are mentioned by name, and not just by “The well”. So, a concordance would’nt llist Beersheba – even though that’s a town built around seven wells. References to Beersheba can be to the town, the people there, or the wells themselves. Topical Bibles will contain that information.

You need…

  • King James Study Bible
  • Strong’s Concordance
  • Nave’s topical Bible
  • Torrey’s Topical Bible
  • Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge
  • Webster’s 1828
  • King James Interlinear
  • Vine’s
  • A notebook
  • Bible marking pens
  • A good pen for writing in your notebook – I’m a huge fan of Tul pens, pronounced Tool (Tul owners often call themselves Tul users!)
  • A good Dispensational Commentary. One of the best is Bible Knowledge Commentary by John Walvoord.

I’ve listed severeal Bible programs if you prefer to do it that way – the ONLY condition is, you MUST be able to do Bible study without distraction. If using a computer distracts you into checking your email, local news, the scores of the New York Whatevers… then close the computer, get all the books I listed off of the bookshelf, sit down in a room with the door closed, and open your Bible.

If, on the other hand, you can use some discipline to study on your computer (David Cloud says he can’t – I can. Different for every person), then get whatever Bible software you prefer for free. My wife actually got rid of Wordsearch recently, as it seems to be in terminal crash mode. She now uses Bible Gateway, which is a good method of study. And free.

I’ll repeat this – if you are in some kind of apologetic or preaching/Teaching ministry, whether live or blogging – you MUST get one of the more serious Bible programs – Bibleworks, Accordance or Logos. I don’t personally recommend Bibleworks, as it’s lacking in many of the library books you need – but if you’re willing to use two programs or a Bible program and lots of hardcover books (that’s what they recommend), you may like it. I personally like to have all my materials in one program.

You need a study notefile. Every Bible software has a way to do this. Just Title it “Bible Study 2017” or whatever you personally call it. It’s called Notes in Logos. Just create a new Notes fiel from the Documents menu.

  • Make sure you make at least ONE note a day on your reading from the Old Testament, and one from the New.
  • If you read the Bible with the intensity of wanting to highlight something every day, and making a note on something every day, you’re studying right.
  • You MUST open a Bible atlas once a day. How far from Gezer to Beersheba? What’s the southernmost town in Israel? Where is Sardis? Is Jericho UP or DOWN from Jerusalem? Make notes on it. Not important? It really highlights why Isaac was so self righteous over the well incident. Count how many miles Abimelech’s men pushed Isaac.
  • You must look up at least two words a day. Don’t assume you know what the words mean. You can look them up in the original languages (DO NOT DO STRONG’S WORD STUDIES IN GREEK OR HEBREW UNLESS YOU KNOW THOSE LANGUAGES! DANGER DANGER DANGER!!!!!), or in Webster’s 1828. Logos does not have Webster’s, unless you build it as a personal book – if you do, complete with headwords, then I want a copy please! If you are using a program that doesn’t have the Websters 1828, then you will probably need to open a program that does have it (such as Swordsearcher, KIng James Pure Bible Search, or Bible Analyzer).
  • You must highlight one verse per chapter.
  • If you’re doing the so-called “Inductive Bible Study” in either Logos or Accordance or your hardcover Bible, that’s great… make extensive notes on what symbols you are using, so you don’t get confused. You can download a PDF of suggested symbols from Precept Ministries. If you’re doing the hardcover method instead of software, print out the PDF from Precept and keep it in your Bible.

Questions!

  • What is the point or theme of this passage?
  • Is there divisions in this passage? Write the outline.
  • What other passages in the Bible speak on this topic? (hint – TSK or Topical Bible)
  • Is there any helpful insight commentators have given? (I’ve found some good in commentaries, and I’ve found utter rot in commentaries. Buyer beware.)

This is really enough for one year. If you do this briefly every day, you’ll make huge inroads. If you do a little bit here and a little bit there, you’ll gain Bible knowledge a little here and a little there. Better not to study at all, if that’s the case. Every Christian owes it to themselves to do this kind of study.

Tim LaHeye says that 15 minutes a day of study is MINIMUM, in addition to devotional reading.

Let’s get started!