References to: Bible study

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

Reviewed by Terry Akers

bookNow in its third edition, with more than half a million copies sold, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth has become a standard resource for the Christian lay person.

Related Articles & Content: 

Other articles about this topic: 

Greek, Hebrew and the Middle-Aged Man

What on earth was I thinking of? To paraphrase the comedian Steve Martin, the problem with foreign languages is that they have a different word for everything. But I wanted to understand the Bible better, so knowing that Greek and Hebrew have a different word for everything, this middle-aged man embarked on a mission to learn the biblical languages.

By: 

Mark Tracy Porter
Related Articles & Content: 

Other articles about this topic: 

God Speaks to Us!

man reading a Bible near a windowThe Bible is a window. Have you opened it lately?

Almost all American households have one or more Bibles. Yet more than half of the adults in these households do not read their Bibles during an average week, and only 10 or 15 percent do so daily.

By: 

Paul Kroll
Related Articles & Content: 

Front Page Location: 

Other articles about this topic: 

Other articles by: 

Home Keys

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Home Keys

When you try to understand the Bible, certain basic principles act as a starting point. Once you get those principles right, the rest begins to come clear.

(3.6 minutes)
Program download options:
Biography:
Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

Learn More:

Perhaps you know of someone who might like to watch this program. If so, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Email this page." Fill out the short form, and share the good news! There's also a way to share the page on Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, and other websites.

If you'd like to support this ministry, click here.

The ability to type was once a very useful thing to know. Being a good typist opened up many job opportunities. But today, it is not even an option. We depend so much on computers that being able to use a keyboard has become absolutely essential.

I learned to type back in the days before computers and word processing. I sat in front of an old IBM Selectric and laboriously pecked away without being allowed to look at the keyboard until the movements became instinctive.

Related Articles & Content: 

Other programs in this series: 

Other articles about this topic: 

Other articles by: 

Bible Study Secrets

"I’m not getting as much as I would like to out of my personal Bible study. Do you have any tips on how to study the Bible?"

What advice do biblical scholars give to people who want to improve their Bible study? “People ask me this kind of question often,” said Willard Swartley, professor of New Testament at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart. Indiana. ‘“Usually I ask them if they have any method for studying the Bible.”

By: 

George Hague, 1996
Related Articles & Content: 

Other articles about this topic: 

Other articles about this part of the Bible: 

Jeff McSwain: Reading the Bible With Jesus as the Guide

Jeff McSwain

Jeff McSwain: Reading the Bible With Jesus as the Guide

We all bring a personal persuasion to our interpretation of Scripture, so it's important for us to read the Bible through a Christ-centered lens.

(35.8 minutes)
Program download options:
Biography:
Learn More:

Perhaps you know of someone who might like to watch this program. If so, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Email this page." Fill out the short form, and share the good news! There's also a way to share the page on Facebook, Twitter, and other websites.

If you'd like to support this ministry, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about Trinitarian theology, check out Grace Communion Seminary. It's accredited, affordable, and 100 percent online.

For an edited transcript of all six of our interviews with Jeff McSwain, click here.

Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Why should we speak of both the Holy Scriptures and Jesus Christ as the Word of God?

2. How do you understand “Jesus Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God?”

3. What are some of the pitfalls in the attitude, “Don’t give me any theology, just the Bible”?

4. Please share your thoughts on the so-called “literal” view of Scripture.

5. How are figures of speech (for example, metaphor and hyperbole) important to biblical understanding?

6. Why is humility and repentance important in biblical interpretation?

7. Why is it important to read Scripture through holistic and incarnational lenses?

8. What was meant by Christ being the key to interpreting all of Scripture?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian Theology. Today we’re talking with Jeff McSwain, Founder and Executive Director of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Master’s Degree in theology studying with Alan and J.B. Torrance in Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Jeff, thanks for being here.

Related Articles & Content: 

Other programs in this series: 

Other articles about this topic: 

Other articles by: 

Pages