Right out of the gate, let me just say that I love reading the Bible. There is something altogether beautiful and wonderful about spending time with that book. Even when I’m only able to invest a few minutes (special thanks to my offspring), it is the absolute difference-maker in my day.
The writer of Hebrews describes God’s Word as, “alive and active ... it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” While you are reading it, it is reading you. You get this sense that something is happening inside you as you are reading, because it is. It brings light to the dark places and creates soul-lift. It speaks the language of God. Try that with “Twilight.”
So many people ask me which translation or version they should choose. I tell them to go with the one that is easiest for them to read. A sales associate at a Christian bookstore can help you find one that fits.
Since I’m a pastor, I read to be shaped and to share. And really, that is how everyone should read. Allow the Holy Spirit to shape your own life when you read, and then share that with others through your actions and words.
I have a Bible application on my iPhone called “YouVersion” and absolutely love it. It is developed by LifeChurch.tv and contains access to hundreds of versions, reading plans and dozens of languages. It is a free download and the one I read the most.
The perfect setup? My favorite chair. The Bible. Coffee.
Brock Stamps, Harvest Church of God, Anniston
Like building a house
In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul encourages Timothy to study “to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.”
My Bible study time can be compared to a house. When I have neglected my study time more than I care to admit, it can look like an abandoned house that needs an extreme makeover.
When my Bible time is meeting some of my needs and nothing more, it looks like a lit-tle house on the prairie.
Study time should be a time of feasting on God’s Word, eating a little or a whole lot, knowing that there is more to nourish on. Enjoying a great feast looks like a beautiful mansion in a valley surrounded by all of God’s creations. The mansion requires more time, dedication and commitment if we are to be approved unto God.
We study the Bible to learn and understand the character and personality of God. We can’t establish a steadfast faith and belief without studying.
The Bible is communication about the past, present and future. Studying the past lives of people in the Bible is relevant to our present and gives us hope for the future. Studying weaves our head-knowledge and our heart-knowledge together and helps us to know, that you know, that you know.
Alberta McCrory, Gaines Chapel AME Church, Anniston