The Bible is easy to understand. It is people who make it complicated. These lessons are surveys, not in-depth studies. Despite good intentions, many people in our fast-paced world today find it difficult to find time to learn the Bible. If you are one of these, this book is for you. You will be in and out of the study in no time. The questions are easy. They go right down the line, verse by verse and you just fill in the blank. I used the New International Version (NIV) Bible. Each week is subdivided into days so you need not spend more than about ten minutes a day of learning.
Remember, your best learning is done when you are studying alone. When/If you get together with others using this book, since you have already looked up all the verses in your Bible at home, it is suggested hat you go through all the answers in a timely and lively manner. But do take your Bible with you to your study group. Sometimes we miss-read a verse and get a wrong answer (in a hurry that day?) so those are the verses you will want to look up when together with your study group.
For further ease of study, the group may wish to all use Bibles with the same page numbers. In that case, your group leader may wish to supply you with a list of page numbers a week ahead of time for the few scriptures referred to in other parts of the Bible. If you prefer to use a Bible you already had, place a book mark in the Table of Contents of your Bible. Most Tables of Contents are both in alphabetic order and chronological order.
Try to set aside an hour and a half for your study group. Spend your first half hour sharing your past week with each other, followed by a prayer for each other. You can go through all the questions allotted for each week in the remaining hour. Should questions arise requiring more in-depth study, write them down. Then, at the end of your eight- or ten-week study, set aside a month for them. Use a concordance and look up everything in the Bible has to say about that subject. That is easy to do. I guarantee that you will learn so much in just one week, you will be thrilled.
Many people using these lessons say they learn more in one week than they do in a year normally. I hope this does not describe your past; but if it does, tell yourself, "And this is just the beginning!" Should you have any questions, contact me on my website below.
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About the Author
With a bachelor's degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master's degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master's degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications. For several years, she has been sending out every morning a daily scripture and short inspirational thought to some 30,000 people around the world.
She spends half her day writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as text book. She has taught some 5000 Muslims through World English Institute. Students she has converted to Christianity are in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Palestine. "They are my heroes," she declares.
She is a member of Christian Writers of the West and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.