I have studied the Bible my whole life. I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. So when God put it on my heart to attend seminary, I assumed I knew what to expect. Obviously, I would study the Bible more thoroughly than ever before, but nothing could have prepared me for how I would be challenged both mentally and spiritually. I would learn how to study the Bible in a whole new way…
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During my two years in graduate school, I studied the Bible in a whole new way. Up until that point, my study times consisted of prayer, Bible reading, journaling, and occasionally browsing commentaries for further insight. And there is nothing wrong with this type of study. In fact, it is my primary way of studying today. But here are some of the things I learned along the way that challenged me to dive deeper…
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Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. – Hebrews 6:1-3 (ESV)
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