The bible is filled with so much knowledge, stories, and hope, that it can be overwhelming when you’re going through situations while living in the hurt and pain and waiting for it to end.
Why study the bible?
When your hurting and in pain, looking for an answer to the pain of the situation, who or where can you turn to during those times? The Bible. Need encouragement? The Bible. A good romance story? The Bible. And everything in between.
The scripture says in Hebrews 4:12 – ” For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double edge sword, Penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
This scripture is from the New Study bible from Tony Evans the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) version. Tony Evans is the most influential church leaders of our time and has been studying and preaching the bible for over fifty years. He serves as senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX, and founder of The Urban Alternative, a ministry that promotes a kingdom agenda philosophy designed to enable people to live all of life underneath the rule of God.
I LOVE this study bible already. It has everything I could ask for in a study bible, Questions & Answers, Videos you can watch sermons to and devotions. This bible has everything.
Christianity Today Magazine wrote about Pastor Tony Evans being the first African American to author a study bible. To read more about it, click here.
How to study the Bible
Tony Evans writes in this study bible about learning to study the bible this way: “If we want to understand who God is, what His purposes are, and how He has made himself known to the human race, we cannot afford to ignore the Bible. Without this handbook, you’ll find yourself having to guess at how it works. In a sense, the bible is the “Manufacturer’s handbook” for life. The one who created us has plans and purposes for us. If we don’t know His plans and purposes, nor will we know how to live as He intends.
Here’s how to get the most of the study bible”
1- Read carefully- Sometimes, reading it one time, you might miss some important facts or situations, reading it, again and again, helps with retaining the information you just read.
2- Ask questions- Ask as many questions as possible. I work at a bank and I encourage a lot of the customers to ask as many questions as possible because each bank is different and asking questions is a sure-fire way to get to know your bank and in this case, get to know God and His word.
3-Pray- Tony evens says that since the bible is a spiritual book, it must be approached spiritually. You approach studying the bible spiritually by praying. In this way, the Holy Spirit can illuminate your mind regarding the meaning and application of its truth to your life.”
Here’s an opportunity for you to win your very own Tony Evans Study Bible. Here’s is a video of Tony Evans sharing more about the study bible,
(From the website) The Tony Evans Study Bible includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources to assist in both men’s and women’s Bible studies that are carefully crafted and curated by Dr. Tony Evans as General Editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings.
These features are strategically placed alongside the biblical text to explain God’s Word in a fresh way. Applying these truths will empower readers to have transformed lives and transfer the values of the kingdom of God to others.
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