In our two previous Facts we emphasized the importance of (1) regular times of prayerful meditation on Gods word (Quiet Time), and (2) Scripture memory.
Next, the discipline of Bible study. The writer of the Book of Hebrews castigated his audience for their pitiful shallowness relative to Gods word: By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square onebaby's milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God's ways; 14 solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong (Heb. 5:12-14 Msg.).
If we are serious about growing to spiritual maturity, we need to get rid of the plastic floats under our arms and venture out into deep water and swim. There comes a time to move on from spiritual childhood to adulthood. Q and A studies are OKfor a season, but we need to matriculate into serious inductive Bible study.
Here is what I mean by inductive Bible study: 1
Choose a passage of Scripture, from three to a dozen verses. Or choose a chapter from a book of the Bible. Ask the following questions about the passage:
Who is writing or speaking, and to whom?
What is the passage about?
When does this take place?
Why does the author write what he does?
What problems or challenges are the recipients facing and how does the passage address them?
How does this passage fit into the context of what is said before and after it?
This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
11 Adopted from God Squad, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, Googled from the Internet.