Are you an elder? Do you hope to become one? Are you trying to raise them up in your church? If so, Donald Norbie has some practical advice. In his booklet, Shepherd the Flock, Norbie summarizes the qualifications and functions of the elder. One qualification is being “able to teach” (1 Tim 3:2). Teach what? The Bible.
When I was in seminary, only one professor that I can recall ever said that we should pray and ask God to help us understand the passage we were studying. His name was Zane Hodges. Zane pointed us to verses like Luke 24:32, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us
I am amazed at the number of free Bible study resources that are available online. Of course, the pre-eminent Bible study software is Logos, but it is expensive. If you’re a pastor or Bible teacher, it may be worth the expense. However, for everyone else, these websites can help you with your studies. At least, these are the tools I use
If you want to grow spiritually, you must read the Bible everyday. Or you should listen to the Bible being read. As the Psalmist said, Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of
“For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well from whatever disease he had” (John 5:4). A friend sent me Dr. Michael Heiser’s LogosTalk article “Who Took John 5:4 Out of My Bible?”
I get weekly phone calls and emails from people seriously hungry for a Free Grace church. They don’t have one in their area, and they suffer for it. Bob and I usually encourage people to begin a Bible study at home and grow from there. But that is hard to do. Or we tell them