Are you spiritually malnourished? Come to the table; discover the value of personal bible study.
What would you say if I told you that you had been invited to dine with Jesus?
Would you be there instantly or think I was crazy? Would you be concerned about what to wear? How to prepare? Would you ask to see the menu?
The invitation IS yours! And here it is:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
And you can see part of the menu below . . . but first, let’s talk about what to wear, how to prepare.
Step One: Accept the invitation! Open the door; come to the table. It’s that simple.
Step Two: Come as you are. Really. No extra preparation or fancy dress required. Jesus already took care of the cleanup. (Romans 5:6-8, Eph. 2:1-9)
Step Three: Dish up the food. Which is to say, open your Bible!
And when you do, this is what you’ll find on the menu:
- Nourishment for your spirit – Matthew 4:4
- Intimacy with God – James 4:8
- Knowledge of Christ – Ephesians 3:17-19
- Love – Galatians 2:20
- Peace – Isaiah 26:3-4, John 14:27
- Hope – Lamentations 3:21-26
- Encouragement – Psalm 27:13-14
- Strength – Isaiah 40:31
- Comfort – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
- Assurance – 1 John 5:13
- Mental stability – Ephesians 4:14
- Protection from sin – Psalm 119:11
- Wisdom for living – Proverbs 3:5-6
- Spiritual maturity – Hebrews 6:1
The list could go on . . . are you ready to feast?
Sure, you could just read those Scriptures (or any others). And there’s a time and a place for that. But, may I suggest that a simple reading is like inhaling the aroma of an incredible mean and then walking away. Noooooo . . . don’t do it!
Stay. Sit down. Take a big helping. Savor the food your Savior has prepared for you.
If you’re unsure how to do that, then Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days (affiliate link) is for you.
Arabah Joy has been helping people like you and me (yes, I bought the course too) learn how to eat the “meat of the Word” for years. This workbook and video course will give you the tools plus hands-on instruction to study and understand the Bible on your own. I love how AJ’s love for God and His word shine through in the videos. I also appreciate her emphasis on sticking to the words of Scripture.
The methods are varied (you can see them all here), and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. I don’t think I can even pick a favorite! Some methods can take as little as 10 minutes. Others can take several days, even weeks to complete. Each one can be applied to any passage of Scripture you choose.
Even if you’re not used to Bible study, these methods make it easy to take in a meal. And once you’ve had one, I know you’ll want to go back for more.
Will you come to the table, my friend? Will you dine with Jesus?