"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." –Acts 17:11 (NIV)
Were the Bereans of Acts 17 one of the earliest examples of an in-depth Christian Bible study group? Probably not in the sense of what we consider in-depth Bible study today, but they did indeed dig into God's Word deeply, examining it and making sure that what they read corresponded to the message Paul shared with them. Today, of course, we have a lot more in the way of resources to help us study the Bible in great depth. Not only do we have access to sophisticated Bible software, we also have the Internet and its many resources, not to mention almost 2,000 years of Christian history and wisdom we can incorporate into our studies.
by Robert Velarde
Most articles about studying the Bible jump right into the topic at hand. This article will take a different approach by first asking the question, Why study the Bible? This is both practical and foundational. It is practical because we will learn real reasons why studying the Bible is important, but it is also foundational because it will prepare us for future discussions on the importance of Bible study.
While not an exhaustive list, below are eight reasons for studying the Bible:
To learn what it says firsthand
To help others
Because it is God's Word to us
To know God better
Thomas Lake is a Sports Illustrated senior writer. A recent Gospel Coalition article on him began, "It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter-perhaps the finest young writer period-in America is a Christian."
Your mom and your dad, a pastor, homeschooled you and your five siblings-how did that prepare you for your job as a writer? It was pretty free-form. A lot of going to the library-the whole pack of us in the station wagon-and we would check out 40 or 50 books at a time and sit around reading them.
We had lesson plans for learning math and all that, but a lot of it was pursuing our intellectual curiosity, and that's what I get paid to do: Think of something I'm curious about, and go find out the rest of the story. It's a privilege to be able to do that.
By Katherine WeberChristian Post Reporter
Bono, the lead singer of the highly-successful Irish rock band U2, recently sat down with Jim Daly of the nonprofit group Focus on the Family to discuss everything from his children, to his love for his wife of 30 years, Ali Hewson, to his knowledge of Scripture.
While speaking with Daly at the American Bible Society in New York City recently, Bono's talk particularly focused on helping others, as seen through his ONE campaign, which he co-founded in 2004 to fight extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS, particularly in Africa. The campaign seeks to use advocacy, media and policy to raise public awareness regarding issues such as preventable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty, child mortality, education, and malaria.
Bono told Daly that he has chosen to put so much time and energy into the ONE Campaign because to him, "love is to realize the potential of others."
"The job of love is to realize potential. When you see lives squandered in the developing world because they cannot get access to medicines that we buy or they can't vaccinate their kids for measles, then you know something's up. The job of love is to realize that potential," Bono said.
What Can We Learn When Trials Beyond Our Control Hit Hard
The walk of a believer is often fraught with trials and tribulations leading to both defeat and victory. Life’s tragedies, your personal 9/11’s come into our lives seemingly in waves as we face obstacles, which both challenge our confidence and test our faith. Time stood still as the towers fell on that fateful day on September 11, 2001 and lives all over the world were changed forever and the world as we knew it would never be the same. It is only by the power of an almighty God that we are to persevere.
Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley answer listener questions on how to successfully navigate family relationships during the holidays, and help couples work as a team to balance chores, budgets and family demands.
Jim Daly and John Fuller present recordings of phone calls from listeners who contacted Focus on the Family to share their Thanksgiving stories and to express their gratitude for loved ones, God's provision and our nation.
Diane Doering and Kay Owen-Larson offer practical suggestions for how your family can help alleviate the loneliness experienced by many residents of elderly care facilities, and share the love of Christ with senior citizens who are often overlooked and forgotten about by society.