Well, in case you are just joining in with us here on the Cultivate blog, we’ve been talking the past few weeks about a few ways that you can practically engage with the Bible. I am of the personal belief that having regular time interacting with Scripture is the single greatest thing we can do to grow our faith and build a stronger relationship with Christ.
Two weeks ago, we talked about a plan to help you get into reading the Bible and last week, we talked about an app for your phone, tablet, or mobile device that can help you read the Bible when you’ve got some free time during the day. Today’s tool is actually one produced by Suncrest to help you understand how to study the Bible.
The tool is actually a message series that Suncrest did a few years ago called “TXT: How to Read the Bible.” As the title suggests, this message series was all about how to read your Bible. Greg and a few other of our teachers here at Suncrest walked us through some of the key questions that we should be asking as we study the Scriptures. We need to think through principles like the context in which the Scripture was originally written. We need to think about the language that’s being used in the text we’re reading. We even need to be aware of who the author is writing to as we unpack the Scriptures. And those are just a couple of examples of some of the things you want to keep in mind as you study the Bible for yourself!
In the TXT series, we walked through the book of Philippians as an example of how to read the Bible. Whether you’ve heard the messages already from a few years ago or weren’t even aware of them at all, I’d highly recommend you taking some time to download these messages and listen to them. I really believe they will help inform you as you make the decision to read and study the Bible on your own! And best of all, they are free! And who doesn’t like free?
You can get the messages in a number of ways. The easiest is simply by clicking on this link, clicking the “series” header, and then scrolling through the options until you find “TXT.” Also, you can receive hard copies of the messages if you attend Suncrest by filling out one of the message request cards at your campus.
It’s my hope that you’ll take the time to listen to these messages and apply them in the way you read the Bible. But again, over and above it all, it my prayer that you would just start reading. The Bible is a truly living and active force in our lives if we will simply expose ourselves to its truth.