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The FOCUSed15 Podcast - Bible Study Tools and Tips in 15 Minutes
19 minutes | 3 years ago
Which type of commentary should I use?
Though certainly not absolutely necessary for Bible study, having access to commentaries when you are studying a passage of Scripture can be super-helpful. However, if you've been down the commentary aisle at a bookstore, or searched Amazon for one ... it can be pretty overwhelming to know which to chose. We're here to help! Listen in to this 15 minute episode for answers to your question, "Which type of commentary should I use?!" IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: How to select a commentary to match your skill level The importance of understanding the goals behind the publisher of every book, and who their target audience is Clues you can find from the back of the book that will help you know if it is a good selection for you How looking up theological "hot spots" can help you determine if that author is theologically sound The importance of asking your pastor and/or leaders in your church that you can trust for commentary How to think out of the box when it comes to finding help on a passage The best bang for your buck when it comes to investing in commentary Why it's a bad idea to buy a full set of commentaries RESOURCES MENTIONED: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Christ Centered Expositional Commentary series - We love this series! It is geared toward the pastor BUT I (Katie) find it very readable, relatable, and helpful! BestCommentaries.com PreceptAustin.org Matthew Henry Commentary Chris' Sermons Grand Island Baptist Pioneer Baptist The Village Church Sermons Desiring God Sermons The Girlfriend's Guide to the Bible Series - Stacey Thacker Is Jesus worth It? - Hebrews When Grace Walks In -Ephesians New American Commentary Series ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more.
20 minutes | 3 years ago
What do I need to know about Song of Solomon?
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The author, audience, and aim of Song of Solomon. Chris' thoughts on the male lover debate - who is the main character in the book? Why did Solomon write this book and why is in included in Scripture? What we can learn from studying Song of Solomon: The importance of "don't awaken love until it pleases" The value of healthy sexuality within the confines of marriage The goodness of romantic love RESOURCES MENTIONED: Song of Solomon video study by Tommy Nelson Author - Audience - Aim: Find the worksheet in the resource library! Subscribe to the free Enjoy the Word membership for access. Other books authored by Solomon: Ecclesiastes Proverbs ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. Precepts Austin - This is a TREASURE TROVE of resources for the entire book of Bible. SERMONS ON THE BOOK OF Song of Solomon: Sex in Salvation History by David Platt The Long Game by Matt Chandler:
27 minutes | 3 years ago
What are the little numbers in my Bible? (AND a personal update!)
Studying the Bible can be complicated. And especially if you are new to the Word of God, there are features in your Bible you may be missing out on. In this 15 minutes episode we chat through what the itty bitty super-scripted numbers and/or letters that may be in your Bible. They’re there for a reason! SHARE THIS >>> I’M LISTENING TO: What are the little numbers in my Bible? IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: What are all the little letters and numbers in the Bible? What is a footnote? What is a cross-reference? WHY they are in our Bibles. How cross-references lead us to those “ah-ha!” moments. Helpful tools to use for cross-referencing. Plus a personal update from Chris and Katie! RESOURCES MENTIONED: Our first study together! Philippians Does it matter which translation of the Bible I use? (Season 2 – Episode 2) FOCUSed15 Bible Studies ESVBible.org and the app ESV Study Bible – A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. OpenBible.info
19 minutes | 3 years ago
Is the Bible really error free?
For some of you, your answer to this question may be a no-brainer. Or, maybe you are currently wading through theological waters to find the answer to this question. Either way it is important not only for you to know your answer to this question but also WHY. In this 15 minute podcast episode, Chris and I chat about whether or not the Bible is really error free. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Whether or not the Bible claims to be error free What to do with the supposed errors in the Bible An example of how Katie came across a passage that didn't seem to line up and looked inaccurate Three reasons to hold tightly to the inerrancy of Scripture RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Are there errors in the Bible? - This brief article from NAMB gives quick explanations for 16 different categories of supposed errors. What is Inerrancy? A quick and helpful Ask Pastor John audio interview. Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem - This is a resource packed with loads more than just info about Biblical inerrancy. Is Inerrancy a Historical Doctrine? In this video interview, Keith Whitfield sits down with Nathan Finn to talk about inerrancy and church history.A helpful look at the understanding of inerrancy throughout church history
16 minutes | 3 years ago
What do I need to know about Ecclesiastes?
We've been working through the Wisdom Literature this season. We've hit on the book of Psalms as well as Proverbs and now it's Ecclesiastes' turn! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The AUTHOR, AUDIENCE, and AIM of Ecclesiastes. The similarities between VH-1's Behind the Music and the book of Ecclesiastes. The main themes in the book. How a meals at Denny's and Ecclesiastes led Katie to marry Chris.
15 minutes | 4 years ago
How do I incorporate prayer into my study time?
Today we tackle how to incorporate praying while we study the Bible. There are many potential ways to do this. In this 15 minute episode, Chris and I share what works for us! THREE WAYS TO INCORPORATE PRAYER INTO YOUR BIBLE STUDY TIME: Before you study: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18 ESV). Before you begin to study, take a moment to ask the Spirit to illuminate your time in the Word. Approach God’s Word with a HUMBLE heart. While you study: “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45 CSB). When you come to a verse you are uncertain what it means, ask God to open your mind to understand it! Study God’s Word with a DEPENDENT spirit. After you study: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22 ESV). Once we’ve identified the main idea of what we are studying, we need modify our lives to what we’ve learned. Leave God’s Word with a posture of RESOLVE to obey what we’ve seen. RESOURCES MENTIONED: (Affiliate links are present. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks for your support!) Praying the Bible by Don Whitney Pray With Your Eyes Open by Richard Pratt ADDITIONAL PRAYER RESOURCES: Val Marie Paper – These are the prayer journals I use. I CAN’T WAIT for the 2018 journals to get here. I’ve pre-ordered mine!!
16 minutes | 4 years ago
Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible?
Though you don’t need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible, having a general understanding of how to access the original language can be a helpful Bible study tool. No need to head to seminary or give in to defeat because you can’t. In this 15 minute podcast episode Chris and I share a few simple tips to begin your journey through the original languages of the Bible. Click to tweet >>> I’M LISTENING TO: Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible? HOW TO GET STARTED WITH GREEK AND HEBREW TIPS ROM THE SEMINARIAN (Dr. Orr): Start out with word studies Pick a verb you want to study Look at the semantic range – all the different ways the word can be translated Look at how else the author uses this word Once you are familiar with these steps and are ready for more, look in to the following: voice – is this active, passive verb? tense – is this word a past, present, or future, or perfect (completed) verb? mood – is this a command (imperative)? an indication (indicative)? TIPS FROM THE BEGINNER (Katie): Try this simple, three-step process used in the FOCUSed15 Bible studies DECIDE – pick a KEY word to look up. (Don’t waste your time looking up the word “the.” Pick a word central to the verse.) DISCOVER – find the original word as it was originally written DEFINE – that original word More tips and insight in the full episode! RESOURCES MENTIONED: BlueLetterBible.org FOCUSed15 Bible studies YouTube video tutorials Greek/Hebrew worksheet (subscribe to the newsletter for access) If you’re already a subscriber, check the bottom of last blog post email you received from me for the link to the resource library!
18 minutes | 4 years ago
What do I need to know about Proverbs?
From the ideals promoted in the “Proverbs 31 Woman,” to the promise of Proverbs 22:6 (Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.) there is much we can glean from the book of Proverbs. Yet many struggle to understand exactly how to apply these wisdom sayings to everyday living. In this 15 minute podcast episode, we chat about some of the important principles to keep in mind as you study this book of wisdom. Click to tweet >>> LISTENING NOW: What do I need to know about Proverbs? WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROVERBS? Proverbs is one of the books of Wisdom Literature AUTHOR: There are several authors First 29 chapters were written or collected/adapted/grouped together by King Solomon Proverbs 30 – written by Agur Proverbs 31 – first half written by Lemuel AUDIENCE: Fairly broad audience. Solomon was a collector of wisdom, and spent much time collecting AIM: To provide wisdom from God for everyday life. INTERPRETATION NOTES: The wisdom found in Proverbs is intended to be general principles, not guaranteed promises. The Proverbs should be read like poetry, with imagery present. Not everything can be taken literally. Make sure any potential interpretation from a proverb can be confirmed by the rest of Scripture. Listen in to the podcast for more tips! SERMONS ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS: Desiring God Library Radical.net The Village Church
16 minutes | 4 years ago
What if I don't enjoy studying the Bible?
Ever been in a place where you don't have a desire to study the Bible? If this is you, you are NOT alone. This is a common struggle every Christian has dealt with. In this quick 15 minute episode, Chris and I share a few reasons WHY this might be the case, as well as several practical steps to take in order move forward!Click to tweet: LISTENING NOW: What if I don’t enjoy studying the Bible? What if I don't enjoy studying the Bible? There are many potential reasons for why we may not enjoy reading the Bible, but here are three of the most common reasons why many find it hard to open the Word. Running and hiding - All too often, our response to our failures is to run away from God. Instead of experiencing the mercy of God by drawing near to the throne of grace, we believe the lie that it would be better to hide our sin and keep our distance. Spiritual pride - Some get to the point where they feel they've read it all and have answered all the big questions they've had about the Bible. The felt need for learning more and knowing God better has diminished. Comparison to a past spiritual high - Sometimes we open our Bible and we feel God speaking in incredible ways. This often happens when we first come to Christ, or while attending a conference or retreat. It is exciting to feel the sudden stirrings of a truth that changes everything for us, or a much-needed comfort of a promise delivered during a time of need. But these "feel-good" moments do not occur every time we approach Scripture, and it is easy to get stuck feeling like time in the Word is not worth it if we don't immediately feel something. So, we've all been there. Now what?Here are 6 actions to take if you find yourself lacking a desire for Scripture. Be encouraged! The fact that this lack of desire bothers you is a good sign. God is working in you! Pray. It is God's will for you to be in the Word. If you ask Him to grant your heart a longing for time in the Bible, He will answer that prayer because that request is in line with God's will. Act in faith, not on your feelings. Feelings are deceptive and poor guides. Move ahead in obedience, with the expectant faith that God will answer your prayer to stir up a passion for His Word. Quit comparing. In the age of Pinterest, it is easy to fall into the trap of feeling that our time in the Word needs to look like so-and-so's. Though it can be helpful to see how others spend their time in the Bible, we must not give into trying to one-up what everyone else is doing. Manage your expectations. We must let go of the thought that our "quiet times" must be a certain length, depth, and with a particular ambience to be worthwhile. Have 1 minute? Take it. Not exactly sure what to study? Start somewhere. Have no idea what you just read? Trust that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to what you need to see, when you need to see it. His Word does not return void. Any time in the Bible is good. Remember. Recall what is true about God and who you are because of Christ. God is not going to reject you because you don't always want to open your Bible. His acceptance of you is not dependent on your actions. Preach the gospel to your heart and remember that you are loved unconditionally.
16 minutes | 4 years ago
How do I know when to take the Bible literally?
Have you read a verse and not been sure how to take it? Every wonder of something you are studying should be taken figuratively or literally? Some passages are pretty clear. Others are not. Listen in to this 15 minute episode for a few tips to help you move toward a better interpretation (and thus, application) of these tricky passages. Click to tweet >>> LISTENING NOW: How do I know when to take the Bible literally? HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY? Keep in mind the genre (type of writing) and the context. This goes back to our three "A"s. Author: Who is writing? Audience: Who are they writing to? Aim: Why are they writing it? When reading prophetic Scripture, know that there are Godly, educated, (way) wise(er than us) scholars who differ on their interpretations ... so if you are unsure if a certain passage is literally or figuratively speaking of what is to come, you are probably not going to be able to figure it out either. When it comes to moral issues and daily practice issues, cultural and contextual clues must be considered. When you encounter a teaching that is also taught frequently and clearly in other places in Scripture, then we can apply the Bible literally to our lives. If something is taught sparingly and is unclear, we ought to look at the PRINCIPLE behind the command, instead of the SPECIFICS of the actions. RESOURCES MENTIONED: Go to your pastor (or small group leader) if you have questions. He will LOVE it! Bible Study Hub online study group ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Dictionary of Biblical Imagery The IVP Bible Background Commentary - If you do think something is figurative instead of literal, this resource will help you see the meaning of the words through the eyes of the original audience by spelling out the cultural significance. A solid study Bible will also help with some of these tricky passages. Our favs are: CSB Study Bible ESV Study Bible
17 minutes | 4 years ago
What do I need to know about the book of Psalms?
We're so excited to kick off Season 3 of the FOCUSed15 Podcast! We started off with diving into the book of Psalms, with another What do I need to know about … episode. Here's what we packed into this 15 minute episode. Obviously, we couldn't hit on the depth and width of this great song book, but here is our attempt at pointing out some of the highlights! I hope you'll listen in. Click to tweet >>> I’m listening to this 15 minute podcast episode: What do I need to know about the book of Psalms? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PSALMS: The correct way to refer to the Book of Psalms is plural, whereas individual Psalms are to be stated as singular (ie, Psalm 1 NOT Psalms 1). AUTHOR: Many authors. David (73 named in title. New Testament gives credit for 2 more), Asaph (12) Sons of Korah (11) Then many miscellaneSolomon (1), Moses (1), Ethan (1), Heman the Ezrahite (1) The Psalms are arranged into 5 books, which many scholars believe correspond to the 5 books of the Law. Book 1: 1-41 Book 2: 42-72 Book 3: 73-89 Book 4: 90-106 Book 5: 107-150 AUDIENCE/AIM: This was compiled as a song book for the Hebrew people. There are many different styles of Psalms within the book: Hymns of praise Songs of thanksgiving Lament Historical Songs for a specific event (Example: Psalms of Ascent) Prophetic Praise of God's Law Interpretation notes: Keep in mind progressive revelation. It's important to remember that God reveals Himself to us over time. There are things that we now know about God and His plan that the Old Testament people (Moses, David, the Israelites, etc.) did not know or understand. Just because something is in the Bible (like the cursing of enemies in the Psalms) doesn't mean God is condoning that behavior. The Psalms are part of the Wisdom Literature group of books. It's poetry that was set to music. The dominant theme throughout the Psalms = the Character of God. His goodness in creation His ability to save God's willingness to hear our prayers and deal with our emotions He is worthy of our worship He is holy His Word is good and for our good RESOURCES MENTIONED: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: ESV Journaling Psalter Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson Interpreting the Psalms by Mark Futato ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. CSB Study Bible - An excellent, brand-new translation and study Bible. SERMONS ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS: Desiring God Library - Sermons on Psalms Radical.net - Sermons on Psalms The Village Church - Sermons on Psalms
16 minutes | 4 years ago
What do I need to know about Acts?
I love the book of Acts. It is filled with rich and important history and truth applicable to our everyday experience of Christ. Where the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) were the story of Christ’s ministry on earth, Acts is the sequel to the continuing work of Christ on the earth, through His people. In today’s quick, 15 minute episode, Chris and I talk about what you need to know about the book of Acts. Click to tweet >>> I’m listening to this 15 minute podcast episode: How do I begin to study the Bible on my own? IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The author, audience, and aim of the book of Acts How the author Luke was connected to Christ and as well as to Paul The flow of the book – the timeline of accounts starting with the ascension of Christ and ending with Paul waiting to see his fate The answer to the question of how far we should model our lives and churches after the early church The big difference between what the Bible describes versus what it prescribes RESOURCES MENTIONED: What do I need to know about the Gospel of Luke? How can I keep from taking a verse out of context? ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! ESV Study Bible – A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. Exalting Jesus in Acts (All of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series is solid and very easy to understand) NIV Application Commentary on Acts SERMONS ON THE BOOK OF ACTS: Pioneer Baptist Church – Sermons on Acts Desiring God Library – Sermons on Acts The Village Church Library – Sermons on John Radical Library – Sermons on Acts
16 minutes | 4 years ago
How can I keep from taking a verse out of context?
None of us tries to do take a verse out of context, yet we all inevitable do. We might read into a verse something that it wasn’t intended to speak into. Other times we miss important key truths the original author meant to be understood from his words. We forget to keep in mind the reason the words were penned in the first place. There is much that goes into a careful interpretation of Scripture, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. Listen in for a few quick tips for keeping the context in view when you read and study any verse of the Bible. Click to tweet >>> Listen in for quick tips to keep context in view when you read & study any verse of the Bible. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Why we need to keep the context of each book of the Bible in mind when we study a verse. A real-life example of why context is important for interpreting the meaning of words. Several helpful tips for figuring out the context of each book of the Bible. A quick and easy context “hack” to begin to understand the context of a verse when you’re looking up a verse in the middle of a book of the Bible. Importance of keeping all verses not only within the context of the book, but also within the whole counsel of Scripture. RESOURCES MENTIONED: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Study Bibles (We both use the ESV Study Bible – A great resource to keep the context in mind. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. Online sites to find outline of book: BibleStudyTools.com, BlueLetterBible.org, Bible.org
15 minutes | 4 years ago
How many verses should I study at one time?
We’ve covered consistency, translations, time, commentaries, and more. Today let’s chat volume. Have you wondered how many verses you should study at one time? Is just one enough? Or should it be 10 verses a day? One chapter at a time? Join Chris and I as we talk about how to figure out the appropriate amount of verses to study, depending on your goals. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: 3 key things to consider when choosing verses to study The different genres of writing found in the Bible Katie and Chris’ new studies they are working on Finding natural divisions within the text Looking at passages from a “Bird’s Eye View” vs. a “Bug’s Life View” Using the FOCUSed15 Method as an approach to slow down and enjoy the verses The different layers to pull back when examining Scripture RESOURCES MENTIONED: FOCUSed15 Study Method
16 minutes | 4 years ago
What do I need to know about the Gospel of John?
We come to our last gospel episode. We hit Matthew, Mark, Luke, and now it's John's turn. We hope you've found these quick episodes an informative and helpful starting point to your study of a book of a Bible. Listen in to this quick 15 minute episode to learn what is unique about the book of John. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Chris' new title! The author, John, and how he was in the inner core of Jesus' disciples Katie's past confusion of all the different Johns Who John's audience was and when this gospel was written The aim behind John's writings What makes the Gospel of John unique compared to the other 3 gospels The 7 "I am" statements of Jesus RESOURCES MENTIONED: Chris' sermons on John What do I need to know about the Gospel of Matthew? What do I need to know about the Gospel of Mark? What do I need to know about the Gospel of Luke? ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. Exalting Jesus in John (All of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series is very easy to understand) New American Commentary - both of us have used in our Logos library Part 1 - John 1-11 Part 2 - John 12-21 Baker Exegetical Commentary on John (Chris says the whole Baker Exegetical Commentary series is excellent) The New International Commentary on the New Testament SERMONS ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN: Desiring God Library - Sermons on John The Village Church Library - Sermons on John Radical Library - Sermons on John Pioneer Baptist Church - Sermons on John
16 minutes | 4 years ago
Should I be using commentaries?
Today we’re discussing commentaries! Chances are, you probably teeter between one of two extremes when it comes to using one. Some check the commentaries and study notes in their Bible right away. Some never use them at all. In this practical 15 minute episode my husband Chris and I chat about the helpful ways commentaries can be used to enhance and guide our interpretation of Scripture. I hope you’ll listen in! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: What a commentary is and how it can be used during your Bible study time The appropriate time to use one when you study The influence the worldview will have on the writer of a commentary The nature of the different commentaries The distinction between a Study Bible and a commentary Practical tips to help find a commentary that will work for you RESOURCES MENTIONED: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! FOCUSed15 Bible Studies New American Commentary series Crossway Publishers ESV Study Bible Abington Press BestCommentaries.com Tom Shriner’s list World Bible Commentary (WBC)
16 minutes | 4 years ago
What is the big picture of Scripture?
I spent a lot of time reading and studying the Bible as if it were only a collection of random stories about God and how I am to live, instead of seeing it as one big beautiful masterpiece. But that is just what God’s Word is. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Bible study, it is important to understand the big-picture themes of Scripture. In today’s 15 minute episode, Chris and I chat about the major movements of the Bible and how each should shape the way you approach Bible study. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: How every book and verse serve a purpose to point to the same thing The cohesive, consistent storyline throughout the Bible The 4 different components present throughout all of Scripture – Creation, The Fall, Reconciliation, Consummation How God’s Word is a tapestry of threads that connect to tell the story of God’s love RESOURCES MENTIONED: How much time should I spend when I study my Bible? (Episode 8, Season 2) ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Welcome to the Story – a quick read giving a great overview of the narrative of the Bible. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin – another quick read all around helpful resources for Bible study. Includes a chapter on the big-picture themes of the Bible.
16 minutes | 4 years ago
What do I need to know about the Gospel of Luke?
There are loads of gems in this 15 minute episode! Chris and I continue on in our What do I need to know about ... episodes. We've covered Matthew and Mark so far. Now it's Luke's turn. Listen in to hear a few important things you need to know before you start studying the gospel of Luke. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Who the author of the Gospel of Luke is - his occupation, and where he was from Who his audience is and the reason he is writing How this book fits in with the other gospels When it was written and how that fits in with history How Luke was connected to the Apostle Paul The importance his writings had on the early church and how it fueled their faith The significance of Luke’s profession and his name being associated with these accounts RESOURCES MENTIONED: What do I need to know about the Gospel of Mark? (Episode 6, Season 2) ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more. New American Commentary - both of us have used in our Logos library Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Part 1 - Luke 1:1-9:50 - on Chris' shelf Part 2 - Luke 9:51-24:53 - on Chris' shelf Chris says the whole Baker Exegetical Commentary series is excellent The New International Commentary on the New Testament – on Chris’ shelf SERMONS ON THE GOSPEL OF LUKE: Desiring God Library The Village Church Pioneer Baptist Church
16 minutes | 4 years ago
How much time should I spend when I study my Bible?
In this age of detailed Pinterest instructions and blog posts galore, there are no shortage of “should’s” and “how-to’s.” Though the extra details can be helpful guidelines, we must be careful not to make them more than what they are: suggestions from one person on how you should carry out a task. The in’s-and-out’s of how to spend time in the Word can become a burden instead of helpful tools. Today, Chris and I chat about whether or not it matters if you have a 5-minute quiet time or an hour and a half in the Word. Listen in to this quick 15 minute episode for the encouragement you need to keep going! Click to tweet >>> Wonder if it matters if you have a 5-min quiet time or an hour in the Word each day? Listen in. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Whether or not there are guidelines for study mentioned in the Bible The importance of knowing what you want to accomplish during your study time and taking it to Lord “Bite-sized Bible time” and how something is always better than nothing Routine vs. spontaneous Bible time and finding what fits you best The key question to ask yourself about your study time RESOURCES MENTIONED: FOCUSed15 Everyday Bible Studies
16 minutes | 4 years ago
What should my quiet time look like?
Whether you realize it or not, we all have expectations and pictures of what the “perfect” quiet time looks like. Though we certainly need to be careful not to give in to the paralysis of perfectionism, it is typically helpful to have some guidelines in place to evaluate how effective our time with God is. Listen in to this 15 minute episode to receive some helpful guard rails to keep your quiet times on track. Click to tweet >> Listen in to this #podcast episode to receive helpful guard rails to keep your quiet times on track. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: How we define a “quiet time” The importance of both hearing from the Lord and speaking to Him within your quiet time Specific elements given to help incorporate both this hearing and speaking into your time with God Three ways to approach the intake of God’s Word Three ways to communicate with God during your quiet time Quiet time ruts we may get into that keep up from experiencing God more fully RESOURCES MENTIONED: First letters Ninja mind trick
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