The best Bible study I have ever done

Without a doubt, the best Bible study I have ever done is the Precept Upon Precept Bible Study entitled Covenant: Knowing God’s Covenant. I have heard Kay Arthur, the author of the study, say many times that it is the most popular of the Precept Upon Precept series. It is one of only a handful of topical studies offered in this series.

Here’s how Precept Ministries describes this study: “See this incredible thread running from Genesis through Revelation. God enters into a binding agreement with His people and always keeps His promises. Trusting Him as a covenant partner frees us from the bondage of worry and anxiety. This study will transform the way you read the Scriptures!”

I couldn’t agree more. My understanding of the Bible as a whole was revolutionized as a result of learning about the incredible covenant-making and covenant-keeping God I serve. I believe yours will be, too.

Two helpful books to accompany this study are The Two Covenants by Andrew Murray and The Blood Covenant by H. Clay Trumbull. But don’t forget: do your own in-depth study of God’s word using Precept’s workbook on Covenant as a guide¬†before you read books about the subject that have been written by man. It is always best to see what God has to say first!

Key Word Symbol – “peace”

This is my symbol for the word “peace” when I am marking my Bible and doing inductive Bible study. Remember the peace sign from the 70’s? Actually, who needs to remember since it is in vogue again and plastered on everything from purses to jewelry to bumper stickers to you name it. The peace sign that most of us recognize was actually designed back in the 1950’s as a symbol of British nuclear disarmament. A few years later, it came to the U.S. and become synonymous with the anti-war movement.

My symbol for peace is loosely based on the old school peace sign, but the cross is right-side up and isn’t broken. I used a red cross symbolizing Jesus because He is the giver of true peace (John 14:27).

For more ideas on how to mark key words go here. For a free downloadable and printable introduction to inductive Bible study go here.

Sweets for your heart

I love the book of Psalms. It is my favorite book in the whole Bible, and Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite chapters in this incredible book. It is all about the Word of God and how precious and vital it is to our lives. Sweeter than Chocolate by Pam Gillaspie is an inductive study of Psalm 119.

Precept Ministries describes it this way: “Psalm 119 is the definitive chapter on the value of the Word of God and is one of those chapters of the Bible that gets less attention than it deserves. All who desire to know the Word of God and the God of the Word benefit tremendously from this passage of scripture. From cover to cover, Sweeter than Chocolate invites the student to dig in, digest Psalm 119 and taste how sweet the Word of God can be. Sweeter than Chocolate Bible Study can help you find sweet words and real solutions from God’s Book!”

Click here to order this workbook that will lead you through a 6-week study of Psalm 119. Chocolate is sweet, but NOTHING is sweeter than the Words of God!

I want a Kindle.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 4 years, you have heard of the Kindle. But just in case you’ve recently returned from a 4 year stint in a remote location without telephone, television, internet, or any other contact with modern civilization, let me tell you a little about the Kindle. And since I am not a technology wizard, I am going to use simple layman’s terms.

The Kindle is a wireless reading device developed by Amazon and first released in 2007. With the Kindle you are able to choose from hundreds of thousands of books, newspapers, magazines, etc., which you can download to your device. One of the most amazing features of the Kindle is the screen. Instead of looking like a computer screen, the Kindle screen actually looks like real paper. It is easy to read and hold, is lightweight, and has a long battery life. All of your favorite books and publications are a quick download away.  Click here to read more about the amazing Kindle.

There is so much more I could say about the Kindle. But I’ll stop with this: I want one. Bad. The end.

19 Gifts of the Spirit

Spiritual gifts are one of those topics that can either unite or divide theologians, Bible study students, or even friends. The subject of spiritual gifts is covered in 4 main Bible passages: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, 1 Peter 4, and Ephesians 4. In each of these passages, unity in the body of Christ when dealing with spiritual gifts is emphasized . In Ephesians 4:3 – a key passage dealing with spiritual gifts – the Apostle Paul urges Christians to be “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” So why is there such division in the body about this subject? I believe it is because many people have not actually studied the Bible to see what it says about spiritual gifts.

After studying through the 4 main passages listed above, a good commentary on this subject is Leslie B. Flynn’s book 19 Gifts of the Spirit. Easy to understand and thoroughly researched, this book provides excellent insight into each gift listed in Scripture. Other commentators may number the gifts differently – and you may, too, after you have thoroughly studied. That’s okay. Flynn’s book is still a valuable tool when studying spiritual gifts.

At Precept Camden we are currently studying this subject using the Precept Upon Precept workbook on Spiritual Gifts to guide us through the scriptures. If you’d like to study with us online, you can go here to see how to do that. Once you have learned everything you can about spiritual gifts, go here for help on how to find out what your gift is.