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Looks like a promising series that may be helpful in talking about the Bible with others. One book in the series you can download for free!

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So if you are a high schooler, read this book carefully and thoughtfully, and then loan it to your parents. Chances are pretty good that they’ll benefit from it as much as you will. If you are a parent of high schoolers, or concerned for the welfare of high schoolers you know who are not your own children, put a copy of this book into their hands and encourage them to read it. Better yet, work through it with them, or at very least read it before you give it away. They won’t mind, especially if you tell them that the reason you are giving this book to them is because you have found it so helpful yourself.–D. A. Carson

You can read some of on Nielson’s new book, Bible Study: A Student’s Guide (P&R, 2013) online here.

Here is the table of contents:

  1. The Bible Is God Speaking
  2. The Bible Is Powerful
  3. The Bible Is Understandable
  4. The Bible Is a Literary Work
  5. Exploring Biblical Genres
  6. The Bible Is One Story
  7. Studying the Bible as One Story
  8. So . . . What Is Bible Study?
  9. Barriers to Bible Study for Young People
  10. Aids and Approaches to Bible Study
  11. Leading Together
  12. A Call to Young People

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“But what I am going to stress is the necessity for diligent and persevering searching of the Scriptures; study whereby we shall turn and turn again the pages of Scripture; the study of prolonged thought and meditation by which our hearts and minds may become soaked with the truth of the Bible and by which the deepest springs of thought, feeling and action may be stirred and directed; the study by which the Word of God will grip us, bind us, hold us, pull us, drive us, raise up from the dunghill, bring us down from our high conceits and make us its bondservants in all of thought, life and conduct ( John Murray, Collected Writings Vol. 1, Banner of Truth, 3).”

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The conclusion of a thought-provoking article by Trevin Wax:

Bible study alone is not what transforms your life. Jesus transforms your life. Of course, He does this through His written Word to us. So we must affirm that life change doesn’t happen apart from God’s Word. But the reason God’s Word changes our life is not because of our personal study but because in the Scriptures we are introduced to Jesus, the Author. That’s why every page ought to be written in red, as every section is breathed out by our King and points us to Him.

It’s possible to amass great amounts of biblical knowledge, to impress people with your mastery of Bible trivia, to creatively apply the Bible in ways that seem so down to earth and practical, to dot your theological i’s and cross your exegetical t’s – and still miss Jesus.Scary, isn’t it?

That’s why it’s not enough to be “Bible-believing” or “Word-centered,” because, after all, the Bible we believe and the Word we proclaim is itself Christ-centered.

The purpose of our Bible study is to know God and make Him known. The Bible unveils Jesus Christ as the focal point of human history. All creation exists by Him, through Him, to Him, and for Him. Our Bible study should exist for Him too. That’s the only kind of Bible study that will change your life.

Read the rest here.  It’s worth your time.

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Aaron Armstong:

One of the things I love about the Puritans is their commitment to the study of Scripture. When you read the works of the Puritans (and those heavily influenced by them), like Richard Baxter, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards and so many others, it’s clear that they thought deeply about the Scriptures and their application in a way that many of us—even the most committed—struggle to in the same fashion. According to Allan Harman in Matthew Henry – His Life and Influence, their approach basically took into consideration the following questions

What do these words actually mean?

What light do other Scriptures throw on this text?

Where and how does it fit into the total biblical revelation?

What truths does it teach about God, and about man in relation to God?

How are these truths related to the saving work of Christ, and what light does the gospel of Christ throw upon them?

What experiences do these truths delineate, or explain, or seek to create or cure?

For what practical purpose do they stand in Scripture?

How do they apply to myself and others in our own actual situation?

To what present and human condition do they speak, and what are they telling us to believe and do?

Read Aaron’s comments under each one of these questions.

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John Piper shares a few ideas that every Christian can employ to go deeper in your Bible.  It was written to a 13-year-old.  I would advise all believers–young and old–to read it.

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“There he is at five in the morning . . . . on his knees with his English Bible, his Greek New Testament and Henry’s Commentary spread out before him.  He reads a portion in the English, gains a fuller insight into it as he studies words and tenses in the Greek and then considers Matthew Henry’s explanation of it all.  Finally, there comes the unique practice that he has developed: that of ‘praying over every line and word’ of both the English and the Greek till the passage, in its essential message, has veritably become part of his own soul.”

Arnold Dallimore, author of George Whitefield (London, 1970), I:82-83.

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