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Bible Study Series – Book Recommendations

September 15th, 2011


“Why are you so OLD?”

Some people ask that of the Bible! But we need to know the answer, and we need to know how to glean from a book that’s not only old… but timeless. No matter how OLD it gets, it will never be OUTDATED. As long as we Christians can understand and propagate the truth of the Bible, lives will be changed for good. Once the Bible ceases to be understood, cared about, and treasured, society’s decay is around the corner.

Most Christians understand the need for the Bible.

Many Christians laud the Bible in all it’s grandeur, and say they would even die for the truth within its pages.

Many Christians hail it as God’s Word to the earth’s inhabitants.

Yet how many Christians even read it, let alone understand what it says? Shame on us for not loving God’s Word with every fiber of our being, and let us do ALL we can to love and learn it more.

With loving God comes the responsibility of learning more about Him and His wishes for our lives. God no longer audibly speaks to us, and He has given us His Word as the final and ultimate revelation of Himself. (2 Pet. 1:3) When the Scriptures were written, they were written for a specific purpose, for specific people, addressing specific problems, and it’s our duty to find out what those purposes were. It is NOT our duty to come up with this on our own nor by our own understanding (2 Pet. 1:20), but we do have tools at our disposal to help us in our study.

Once we understand what God SAID, it’s then our purpose to understand what He’s SAYING still today! The timeless nature of God’s Word is that it is alive and powerful, and its truth is all we need in order to live godly lives (2 Pet. 1:3). In the upcoming Teens of Faith series we want to equip the teens to be able to hear God’s voice through the pages of Scripture. God speaks through the preaching of His Word, but that’s not the only way He speaks. The preacher shouldn’t be the only one getting anything out of the Bible… that’s an old Catholic teaching from when they had the Bibles chained to the pulpits and read them in a foreign tongue as if it was for only the “elite” or the priests.

Millions died to have access to God’s Word, yet now that we have more access than ever it seems like there’s little interest in it. We’ll try to accomplish a couple things in this series: 1) inspire Christian teens to take interest in knowing God’s Word, and 2) equip them to know how to read and glean truth for themselves without straying into improper conclusions based on faulty or misguided study.

RESOURCES

Any business invests in resources. Any business owner spends money on training and supplies. Any growing company has to expand not only in stock but also in knowledge. Wouldn’t it make sense to invest in the most important part of your life… the spiritual part? If you’re interested in growing, it’s not only important to feed the growth… it’s essential!

Tools certainly aid in every bit of growth, and for this series I want to present about $40 worth of tools… books. For every Christian, spiritual growth will go hand-in-hand with understanding and obeying God’s Word, so why not invest in books that will aid in that growth process? We have a couple more weeks till we start our series, and I’d encourage you parents to buy a few books for you and for your teen as you both grow in Christ. Books will do FAR more for him or her (your teen) than almost anything else, and some of the most influential people in MY life were the ones who encouraged me to READ.

Every Christian is as close to God as he wants to be, and not everyone will even care to grow. I hope that changes over time, and I simply want to provide resources to be able to help the Christian grow in his walk with God. A few books that will be helpful to purchase, especially for the purposes of our series, are as follows:

  • The King James Bible Commentary; Nelson Publishers; contributions by Dobson, Feinberg and more. About $14
  • A Survey of the Old Testament; by Hill and Walton; Zondervan (2nd edition is cheaper) About $10
  • Jensen’s Survey of the New Testament; Moody Press. About $17
  • If you want to spend a little more, you can include World’s Bible Handbook; Boyd. About $13

All prices include shipping, listed on gettextbooks.com, a valuable resource for used books!

DISCLAIMER: We do not endorse all that these books contain. In fact, very few of the books I own are full of truth. The Bible is full of truth and… that’s it. All my other books contain errors. Be wary of the various Bible versions used in these books.

 

I’ve been announcing these resources for a couple weeks in the Teens of Faith, and I think maybe it’s a little difficult for them to ask you for more money (you say, “It’s not hard for them to ask at all!”) Simply put, the Christian who’s being Christ-like will always want to be MORE Christ-like and grow. As with any trade, this growth will be helped with tools, and the Christian’s tools are books.

Would you consider this lifetime investment of $40? I’m not getting ANYTHING out of promoting these books… it’s ALL for the good of you as a Christian. Thank you for at least considering it, and let me know if you have any questions.

RR




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