Why should I trust the Bible? How do I best understand it?
These are questions I did not think to ask when at the age of seven my Dad handed me a pen, wide-ruled notebook, and easy reader Bible and told me, “Just read a little bit every night and write down one thing you learn.”
Okay, sounds fun! Plus, fifteen extra minutes before lights out? Yes, please! And that began my studying of the Bible.
Recently I rummaged up one of my early Bible journals and couldn’t help but laugh. Most of my entries are barely legible and my spelling atrocious. Every once in a while I wrote, “I have no clue what this means, I’m going to bed.” I talked about Noah’s Ark while reading Revelation, and had quite a self-righteous fit over Peter’s denial of Christ.
But again, it would be years before I questioned the Bible’s authority or wondered if I was going about studying it in the most effective way.
I wonder if possibly you too have bended your knee to God’s Word for a long time and enjoyed studying it, but are curious: Where did this book come from? How do we know it is God’s Word? Has it been passed down correctly or changed over the years? Am I gleaning what I’m supposed to out of it? How can I study it most effectively?
On September 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm Women’s Ministries is hosting a seminar to address these very questions. And though the answers to these questions are exciting and will build your confidence in Scripture, we’re not going to stop there. During the second half of our evening we’re going to sharpen our Bible study skills so that even if we were stranded on a desert island tomorrow with nothing but a Bible we would know how to continue our feasting on this Book. There are tools that we all need in order to enjoy God’s Word to the fullest, and it is possible that only one or two are missing from our tool belt. If we but had them, it could make a world of difference.
As we begin a new school year, it is the perfect time to invest in our spiritual education, to renew and refresh our delight in God’s Word, enjoy time with our sisters in Christ, and hopefully leave with a stronger, sweeter, INWORD Focus.