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The Christadelphian | November 2013

In the magazine this month:

  • Editorial Increased knowledge
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Sunday morning “Break up your fallow ground …” | Jonathan Cope
  • The Lord & the nations 05 – Gathered to Armageddon | Andrew E. Walker
  • Israel’s Geography 11 – The house with one wall | Nathan Kitchen
  • Surtsey: a pattern for creation? | Nigel Bernard & Don Pearce
  • 100 years ago
  • For better, for worse … 11 – Adam & Eve | Mark Vincent
  • An urgent reminder: Don't let your Bible study slip | Ray Ginn
  • Faith Alive! Ruth the Moabitess, wife of Mahlon | Paul Movassaghi
  • Christadelphian Jewish Clothing Relief | David & Jacqueline Griffin
  • UKYPreach | Steve Harris
  • Signs of the times A persecuted religion
  • Israel and their Land Earthquakes
  • Readers’ Q&A
  • Epilogue What I have learnt | Leslie Broughton
  • The brotherhood near and far

A sample article from this edition:

An urgent reminder:

Don’t let your Bible study slip

“When the brethren put away their concordances and lexicons we will be in trouble.”

THESE are the words of a brother who has been in the Truth for many years. He is right – it is of vital importance for our community to continue with, or get back to, the regular, individual study of the Bible. By that we do not mean potted study (just using someone’s notes). That can be helpful, but it is the back-to-the-grindstone original study, using the concordances, the lexicons, the Bible margin and digging deep that is required.

No one can express the joy of discovering something in the Bible for oneself. Sometimes, we take our new discovery to a brother or sister only to learn they discovered that gem twenty years ago. That does not matter; it only confirms that the Bible speaks to us all.

There is no excuse for us – we have some of the best Bible study tools available. We have time – we just need to manage it correctly. The Apostle Paul tells us to redeem the time. The word he uses for ‘redeeming’ signifies ‘to buy up the time for yourself’. We really must do this. The best way is to allocate regular Bible study and thinking time. Just an hour each day will help to achieve an amazing amount of study in a twelve-month period.

“The art of Bible Study is, to some extent, one which each man has to learn for himself, but there is a good deal which may be passed on from one learner to another notwithstanding.” (The Joy of Bible Study, Harrington C. Lees)

We have had, and still do have, some of the best Bible students at our disposal.

To the younger students among us: have you ever thought to ask an older brother or sister about their Bible study methods? It is amazing what they have to share with you. Perhaps they can provide a lead into a new area or some ways of Bible study.

Again to the younger students among us: what are the areas of the Bible that you might like to study? Our suggestion is to study broadly for a few years and then concentrate on one book or theme or person until you ‘master’ that area. Then move on to other areas.

Bible study methods

What can we study? The Bible presents us with such a gold mine! Here is a list of some ideas for your Bible study. It is just a list of ideas so don’t be bound by it, but it might give you a starting point.

The study of words

“In no book in the world can we find more exquisite gems of phrase and thought than in the Bible.” (The Joy of Bible Study)

It is a real thrill and an adventure to get out your Bible word books and start to study deeply words in both the Hebrew and Greek. Often after reading from a chapter you can spend profitable hours going through the meaning of selected words. This is where Strong’s Concordance excels. It has that wonderfully helpful numbering system that is linked to so many other Bible study tools, making them so easy to use.

Some Bible students and writers have dedicated much of their lives to this type of study and they can be of great help to us – but do your own work first, and then go to others for help. There is nothing like finding gems for yourself.

All you really need for this type of study is Strong’s Concordance, the Bible text of the KJV and marginal references. You could add The New Englishman’s Hebrew and Greek Concordance (Wigram), New Testament Words (William Barclay), Word Studies in the Greek Testament (Kenneth Wuest), Word Studies in the New Testament (Marvin Vincent).

The Study of characters

This is a great study method and will reward you time after time. Select a character and then look at the record of their life. Read the record over and over and look for the lessons that you can draw from their lives. All you need for this study is your Bible text, your Bible margin and perhaps a concordance.

The study of Bible books

Start with a smaller book – but please do start. The Minor Prophets have some wonderful lessons for today. Smaller New Testament letters are fascinating to study. The top tip in this type of study is to read the section you are to study at least seven times in the KJV and then once or twice in another version. You must get to know the text before you begin to study it.

The study of Biblical themes

This is a wonderful way to get to know your Bible’s message. Take a theme and pursue it through the Bible. What to study? Here are some ideas: grace, love, mercy, Israel, forgiveness, kindness, hope, peace, joy – to name but a few. Note the chain of thought.

“The study of the Bible is like moving amid Alpine scenery; we are continually reminded of our littleness, yet all the time stimulated to climb, and refreshed by the delight of the rare atmosphere.” (The Joy of Bible Study)

Ray Ginn

 

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