OK, so I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes when I hear God prompting me to do something. I tend to resist. Not too dissimilar from Paul where in Romans 7 (15-20) he says “…for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate…”. I kind of relate to the fact that when God asks me to do something, I will resist it for awhile. I wish I would just quit resisting or questioning it and just DO IT! Oh well, that is another topic for another day.
I’m going to go back a little bit in history and tie this post to some upcoming posts and the “Inductive Bible Study Method Introduction” post that I did back in March of 2014.
In a older post I talked about being intrigued by actually studying the Bible. I’m not talking about reading it. I mean really studying it. This inductive method that I have been working with for a little over a year now has been very eye opening. I’m finding that I can actually understand God’s Word better. OK, time for me to be completely honest with you.
I admit that for whatever reason, when I read the Bible, yes, I do get stuff out of it and it does have a life where God shows me things or speaks to me through His Word. However, for me, the reading felt more like just a task to do and I never really got excited about His Word. Then there came messages I have heard from many different ministers and Christians in general saying “you have to apply God’s Word to your life”… But the funny part is this – whenever I asked them “HOW do I apply God’s Word to my life?” I never really got any great answers. I would get the typical blank stares or “well, it’s different for every person” or “you just apply it”. ughhhh.
Then, one day when I was at a garage sale back in about 2012 or so, I found a book by Kay Arthur. Specifically, it was the “Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days” book that she wrote. It was only a dollar at the garage sale and was in good condition with no markings in it, so I bought it. When I got home, I read through the “Before You Begin” and Introduction sections, but for some reason, it wasn’t clicking with me at this time. So, I put the book with my other books I have on my “like to read someday” pile.
For some reason, in mid to late 2014, something (yes, I know Who) prompted me to pick the book back up again. So, I started reading it. The book is actually laid out very nicely and it walks you through the inductive method of studying the Bible by starting out slowly. Kind of a get your feet wet first, then go a little deeper and then a litter deeper still. I have to admit, I was hooked. Looking at king Josiah and how he became king and how he was upset when they found the Book of the Law (God’s Word). I never understood why he was upset until I got through the quick high-level inductive study of this portion of scripture. It was like the Bible came alive to me like it never had done before. Yes, at some point, I will do a full review of this book on my blog.
So, I had to know more about this Inductive process. That’s when I started the infamous Google search for the Inductive Bible Study Method. There were some websites that had good information about it, but the ones that I found did more of an explanation of what it is and less of how to do it.
That’s when I found it. a set of YouTube videos that were recorded at Faith at Sellersville Baptist church in Sellersville, PA (close to Philly). There was a gentleman (Pastor Ron Jones) who was conducting a class at his church for 10 weeks for an hour each week and they recorded the sessions. These videos were explaining how to do an inductive study of the bible. I watched all 10 hours or so multiple times. I fact on the 2nd and 3rd time through it, I had two computers in front of me. One was to watch the video and the other one was to take copious notes for myself. My most sincere thanks go out to Pastor Ron of Faith at Sellersville Baptist church for doing these training sessions and to whoever posted them to YouTube.
So after I watched those training videos, that’s when I heard something. It was a small voice inside that was saying “you should teach people at your church how to do this too”. It must have been the pizza that I ate, right? So in typical Paul-like fashion, I promptly ignored that voice. But in His wisdom, he kept prompting me. So, I approached our Elders at the church and told them what was going on with me. I presented it similar to how I just wrote it for you. Then after presenting it, there was a very brief moment of silence which seemed to last forever to me. In that moment, my thoughts were “please someone have an issue with this. Somebody, please disagree”. Then when the moment of silence (which in reality was about 1.78934 seconds) passed, they all said unanimously “Yes, that would be a very good thing to do. Go for it”. Ugh.
So, I will conclude this post as a “to be continued…” for now. But in summary, Kay Arthur’s book…. VERY good. Pastor Ron Jones videos on YouTube… VERY good… God asking me to head up a training class at our church… well… let’s just say that sometimes I question God’s judgment, but then again, He knows best and I will eventually come around. 🙂
….more to come still