In 1 Timothy 4:7-8 we read that we are to train, that is discipline, ourselves for Godliness. Physical training we are familiar with in our body-image culture, but while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Furthermore, we are told in Philippians 2:12-13 that we are to work out our own salvation knowing that it is God Who is at work in us for our sanctification and for His will.
Our first area of spiritual discipline is Bible Assimilation. We must spend time reading the Bible; listening to the Bible; studying the Bible; memorizing the Bible; and meditating on the Bible. In today’s lesson we only dealt with our listening to of Bible, but we also began to look at how to study the Bible.
Listening to the Bible being read is a wonderful way to take in God’s Word. We listen each week as we come together for worship and Bible study and we can listen throughout the week to audio Bibles, podcasts, Christian radio, and wide range of digital sources via our smartphones, computers, and tablets. We can listen as we drive, as we work, and during any activity where we normally listen to the radio or a podcast.
We also began a look at print and digital resources for studying the Bible. We only scratched the surface, but I would strongly suggest that you get a good study Bible. I shared a link in today’s class to the Lifeway list of Study Bibles. Because Lifeway is the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention you can feel safe in knowing that a Study Bible you purchase from them will be doctrinally sound. That link is lifeway.com/en/shop/bibles/study-bibles .
Other digital resources are at your fingertips. You know what I mean. Begin exploring the Word by exploring your devices for ways to read, listen, study, memorize, and mediate with the Bible. Those devices are used daily for darkness. Let’s use them for light.
This Bible study was presented to the Agape Life Bible Study Class of the First Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, on Sunday, May 21, 2023. It is part of a series of Bible study sessions entitled Living the Agape Life – a Bible study curriculum developed by Bob Young with input from the members of the Agape Life Class. Handouts with slide content can be requested at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Handouts are also available at: fromthebackporch.org .
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