“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
In order to know what to hope for, what and whom to have faith in, and what true love is, we must study God’s word.
We are blessed to have God’s word at our own fingertips.
A person new to God and his word may be intimidated when approaching personal Bible study. They may believe you have to be a great scholar to understand the Bible. You need not be intimidated.
Encounters with God: Transforming Your Bible Study by Henry, Melvin and Norman Blackaby is a good book on how to study the Bible. They cover the styles of literature and different approaches to Bible Study. But more importantly, the Blackabys remind us that the Bible is not a dry, ancient history book.
“If, however, you come to it [the Bible] with the expectation that God will speak to you through the Holy Spirit as you read, you are more likely to be listening carefully.” (Encounters with God: Transforming Your Bible Study)
The authors remind us that it is God’s way of communicating with us.
The book is broken in to three sections:
· Section One—Coming to God in His Word: The Invitation
· Section Two—Receiving from God in His Word: The Communication
· Section Three—Changed by God Through His Word: The Transformation
If you are new to studying God’s word, The Bible, Encounters with God: Transforming Your Bible Study is a good tool. If you have been studying awhile, you may be inspired by the reminders of God’s invitation and communication with each of us as individuals and that it is through His word that we are transformed.
“As you study the Bible, you will be challenged to respond to what God says through His Word: for once you understand what God is saying, you cannot remain the same.” (Encounters with God: Transforming Your Bible Study)
God will teach you what to hope for, what and whom to have faith in, and what true love is, you only have to listen to what He says.