Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
On the journey of life each of us are traveling, trustworthy guides are rare. Popular trends and philosophies are changing at such a rapid pace that no single person could ever claim to be “on top of things.” What we need to keep ourselves on the path toward spiritual growth is an unchanging map. God has given us just such a map! As the Psalmist celebrates, God’s word is “a lamp for my feet” on the path of life. God’s word is a sure guide in the midst of a dark world. We have a map.
A problem arises in that many of us do not know how to read the map. When Josh was in elementary school, ages ago, I was helping him with an assignment dealing with National Parks. I got the atlas out of our car thinking the National Parks would be marked. Rather than putting the atlas in front of Josh and telling him to find the parks, I helped him understand how the atlas was laid out and what to look for on our quest to identify National Parks in the United States. With a little guidance he was using the index of parks in the front to locate the pages where the parks could be found. He then looked for the area that was shaded in purple and with the practice he located all of the parks for the assignment. We even added a list of the ones that we had personally visited. All it took was a little guidance in what to look for and Josh was using the map well. As I was working with Him I learned a few things about what was in our atlas, too.
Does your bible reading or bible study seem more like someone has put a map in front of you but you don’t even know what to expect or how to understand the information you are sure is there. Most of us own a bible and maybe even three or four, but far too often reading the bible in a meaningful way seems elusive or reserved for only the super spiritual. If the bible is, as we believe, God’s revelation to man and our complete guide for life then we should be equipped to read it well. On June 20, we are offering an Equipping Class designed to help you learn how to read the map of life. Please join us, open up the bible and watch the light come on.
Bible Study Methods will meet on Saturday, June 20 from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Lunch will be provided and we will work through lunch. The topics will include simple method for bible study, an overview of the different genre’s of scripture, a method for doing a word study and how to study a single book in depth.
This is not a survey class but will focus on the details of interpretation in depth with many hands on examples. I would love for you to join us.