Read the Bible or study it?
I’ve been challenged over recent weeks and months about the need to study the Bible. This may seem rather odd as I do read the Bible regularly and even run an online Bible study. However God has been pointing out to me that there is a difference between reading the Bible devotionally (which is what I do) and actually studying the Bible. If I only want to feed myself then reading the Bible devotionally is fine but if I want to feed other people then I need to study the Bible. This is my other challenge that God wants me to teach others the things he has taught me, but isn’t this the challenge he has for all of us?
though by this time you ought to be teachers…Hebrews 5:12
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
Consequently I have looking into different options of how I should go about studying the Bible. I did think about reading a commentary but I find them so dull! I am thinking about doing a subject or two at a Bible College, maybe by correspondence or online. I’ll be looking into other options over the next few weeks.