Looking for a Precept class in your area?

To find a Precept Bible Study meeting in your area, click here for the Precept Class Locator. You can search every state in the U.S. for a class. You can find the course being offered, where it meets, when it starts, whether or not childcare is offered, and information to reach a contact person. Even if you can’t find a class in your area, don’t despair. A class is only listed if the leader adds the information himself. Another way to find a class is to call Precept Ministries Headquarters (1.800.763.8280) and ask if there is a trained leader where you live. Since training is required to leadPrecept Upon Precept Bible Studies, they usually have names of trained leaders on record.

And then, if all else fails, you can take a Precept class online with us here at Precept Camden! Click here for info on the study we will be starting next week.

Sweeter than Chocolate Online Study-Starting 9/9/10

Pam Gillaspie, author of Sweeter than Chocolate! Psalm 119, is leading an online study through her book on Psalm 119 starting September 9, 2010. She says of this study:

Psalm 119:68 is a gem lying right out in the open for any passers by paying attention. In just six English words (only three in Hebrew!), the psalmist hits theological bedrock —God is good and does good! The whole of Psalm 119 delivers the goods about what God’s Word is and does. It makes staggering claims — among other things it revives, delights, gives counsel and comfort, is better than gold and sweeter than honey — you almost need a scorecard to keep track of the benefits God’s Word provides. But behind it all is a simple truth about God: He is good and does good! Talk about sweet words!

Click here for more information on joining and ordering a book.

Two Books on Covenant

If you want to better understand the concept of covenant taught in the Bible, then you need to read both of these books: The Blood Covenant by H. Clay Trumbull and The Two Covenants by Andrew Murray. Both are great companions to the Precept inductive Bible study called Covenant: Knowing God’s Covenant which Precept Camden will be starting on August 31, 2010. For information on how you can join us in person or online, go here.

Studying the Bible inductively means that you use the Bible as your main text instead of books about the Bible. However, that doesn’t mean that other books cannot be helpful and enriching to your study of the Word of God. It just means that you should start with the Bible and dig every nugget of truth out of it before you turn to the opinions of man written in books by man.

The Blood Covenant and The Two Covenants are great additions to the Precept Study on Covenant. Both are available in Precept Camden’s store.

Key Word Symbol – “shield”

As I mentioned in this post, I love the Psalms. Here is another symbol for a key word found throughout the book – shield. I use a black gel pen to draw a shield-like shape over the word and then color it in with a purple pencil. (My tools of choice are these pens and pencils.)

“But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” Psalm 3:3

For more suggestions on how to mark key words when doing inductive Bible study, go here.

Joy

I’ve been a little short on joy lately. Life has been hard. And, yes, I know that as a Christian I am supposed to “count it all joy whenever I encounter various trials.” (James 1:2) Believe me – I know the correct responses to my circumstances. The problem is that I needed a reminder to actually put into practice the things that I already know.

That reminder came in the form of this article by Dr. Charles Stanley in his In Touch Magazine. If you find yourself feeling less than joyful in your current circumstances, I encourage you to read what Dr. Stanley has to say, look up the Scriptures he suggests, and thoughtfully answer the questions at the end of the article. I have read the article several times and am taking my time meditating on the Bible verses. And guess what? It’s helping me to place my focus firmly on Jesus and not on the people and situations around me. Slowly but surely, my joy is being restored.

If you’d like a free subscription to In Touch Magazine, just click here to sign up.

Covenant for Kids

Okay, so I’ve already told you about my favorite Bible study of all time here. It makes the whole Bible make sense. From Genesis to Revelation, it just all comes together in the most amazing way. Well, Kay Arthur and Janna Arndt have teamed up once again to author the latest in Precept Ministries’ Discover for Yourself (D4Y) Series for kids. It’s called Cracking the Covenant Code and it is the kid’s version of this.

Available in September, it can be pre-ordered here. Check out the other titles in the D4Y series here.

Key Word Symbol – “salvation”

My favorite book of the Bible is Psalms. I so easily relate to the psalmist whether it is David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, or any of the other people credited with writing the 150 chapters in this book. The writers are all real people with real problems who cry out to God in their distress and praise Him in their pain.

A key word in the book of Psalms is salvation. When doing inductive Bible study, this is the way I mark it. I use a green gel pen (these are my favorites because they are erasable) to make a semi-circle over the word. I fill it with a green colored pencil. (I’m loving Crayola’s Twistables.) Then I put  a small cross on top with a brown gel pen. (It looks red in the picture, and that would seem entirely appropriate as well.)

You might think that is a lot of work to mark one word. But when studying a passage of Scripture inductively, part of the process is reading and re-reading the text multiple times. I will make the initial semi-circle the first time I read it. Then I will add the other markings during subsequent readings. There is no rule about how to mark words. The important thing is to slow down, read with a purpose, and look for key words. You can adapt my symbol for your own use. Or mark it however you want.

I will be sharing more symbols for key words found in the Book of Psalms in the coming weeks so keep checking back.