I rose early to listen to his radio program, his voice quickly became my companion as I enjoyed those first cups of coffee each morning, my Bible and steno pad right next to me. His ability to tell a story and bring a laugh while making a deep spiritual point amazed me.
Desperate to learn, I wrote down Greek words I had never heard along with their definitions. My Bible sprung to life, rich with meaning and application for my life right where I was at the moment.
While the years have passed, he still brings an insightful word whether on the radio or in a book. In his latest book Searching the Scriptures, Chuck Swindoll, shares how to dig into Scripture for ourselves and discover the truth of God’s Word for our lives.
“… studying the Bible is not only possible but doable. This habit is indispensable for life and ministry. There is no substitute! Searching the Scriptures yields a richness in life unlike any other.” (page 16)
He shares the principles and steps he has learned from other learned Bible teachers which enabled him to understand Scriptures and then clearly communicate those truths to others. It means applying oneself to the Word so that the Word can apply itself to you.
“The Bible does not yield its truths to lazy minds!” (page 17)
He outlines the study method he has used for years in four steps:
- Observation. We need to look carefully at the words in front of us, paying attention to details. Become a detective to what is happening in the passage and its meaning. Read slowly and prayerfully.
- Interpretation. We need to come to an understanding of what the text means. This is slowing ourselves down, perhaps using other resources to dig deeper into the events.
- Correlation. We need to compare Scripture to Scripture so that we build our understanding precept upon precept, connecting passages to one another. Our desire is for the whole truth of the Bible to emerge and connect.
- Application. This is making the Word personal to our own lives. It occurs when we allow Scripture to grip our hearts and minds and cause us to change or into action.
As we read, following this proven method, we grow in depth of understanding and better communicators of the truths which have changed our lives. Those around us will become hungry for the Bread of Life, Jesus. When we share God’s truths, the hungry will be fed and our God will be glorified.
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
(2 Timothy 2:15, NLT)
Wonderful book and resource for both those new to the study of Scripture and those seeking to refresh their reading. Each chapter includes questions for delving deeper and applying the study methods making this an excellent book for group use as well.
***Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am disclosing this as required by Federal Trade Commission.