Just as you would not starve your body, the word of God is food that your soul needs to survive. To get to know Jesus better you have to go to the source. John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh. Therefore, since the flesh is not here now, we must get to know Him through that Word. To have a relationship and for it to grow, we have to better understand Him.
Another reason is that we, as humans, can kind of fool ourselves. But, Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word is sharper than a double edged sword and it judges our attitudes and heart. (It keeps us from fooling ourselves into thinking that we are better than we are.)
It makes us appreciate the grace of God and therefore causes us to share that grace with others.
The other reason is to prepare our minds for action, according to 1 Peter 1:13-16. And, it will lead us to be holy. It contains the operating manual for our lives.
There are different techniques for bible study. How you go about it depends on your maturity but, no matter your age, a daily dose of reading is a start. We have provided several different ways to study including our online Bible teaching where we share a verse by verse reading of God's Word followed by our Common Man's Commentary. Through our commentary, we try to put the passage into terms that us common folks can understand (no Bible college degree required). There are many programs that will help you to read the Bible in a year. That can be a good way of getting an overall view and of putting the Old Testament and New Testament together. Generally, these plans give you a set amount of scriptures to read each day.
Some books of the Bible provide historical accounts of the lives and times of God's people (Israel). It is said that a nation that forgets the lessons of its history are destined to repeat them. These books can help to lay a foundation of understanding that can be built upon to grow us in our faith (which is the second purpose of My Christian Space). We are currently offering online studies of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song Of Songs, and Ruth in this category.
Throughout the bible, God selected men and sent them to deliver a message. These men are called prophets and we offer online studies of those that are contained in the Old Testament. We are currently offering Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Each of these men had a message for the times that they lived in but they also can speak to our hearts and inform us of things that are to come.
All of the Old Testament books lay a foundation that helps us to understand the coming of Jesus Christ. These books tell us of the wonderful plan that God had to bring His people back to a right relationship with Him. These books are kind of the first Christian testimonies and will help you to grow and sow your faith into the lives of those around you. Each of the four gospel accounts was written to a specific audience and focuses on a specific part of Jesus' ministry.
The account of Mark was written to a Roman (Gentile) audience. As they were men of action, this account focuses on the actions of Jesus and His role as our Servant Redeemer.
The gospel according to Matthew, was written to a Jewish audience and focuses on the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy.
These books tell us the early history of the church. In them, we see how the good news of Jesus Christ spread and prophecies of what is yet to come. We are always expanding the studies but we are currently offering online studies of the following books: Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.
The "prison epistles" are letters to four of the local churches that Paul had started. The letters were written during his time of confinement in Rome. We offer online Bible studies of these letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
The pastoral epistles are letters that were written by the apostle Paul. These letters, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, & Titus, were written to the individuals who were leaders in the local church. They are commonly called the pastoral epistles because they are basically a textbook on the overseeing and operation (pastoring) of a local group of believers. If you are searching for answers about how the "church" should operate, a Bible study of these letters is the place to start.
Parables are short stories that put biblical principles into situations that are common to the experiences of the time. This is a method that Jesus used often as He used examples of farming, ranching, and fishing. We have attempted to do this as well so that you can get a practical knowledge of biblical truths.
We have also included Bible study on specific topics. This is where we search for related scriptures, pray, and let God put them together in a way that helps us to answer some of our questions.
Is dance appropriate in the church? That is the question that we answer in our study of interpretive dance.
Our holidays page is a topical Bible study that examines the appointed celebrations of the Lord. We have also included studies of other "holidays" such as Valentine's Day in order to help us to understand that these may not be celebrations from the Lord.
Women In Christian Leadership is a topical study on the role of women in the church (body of Christ).
God First is a topical study on priorities. It seems that our lives are moving so fast these days that, without priorities, many important things will not get done. This bible study is an attempt to ensure that we put things in their proper order.