You recognize the value of daily Bible study. The fact that you’re reading this post is an indicator that you know the importance of getting a daily diet of God’s Word. Reading, studying, meditating and applying God’s Word to our lives is critical to our spiritual growth and effectiveness in ministry.
Any serious student of God’s Word is always looking for fresh ideas and approaches to the daily discipline of Bible Study. New approaches help keep our Bible study times full of anticipation and excitement.
How was your pastor’s message yesterday? I’m sure you left the service thankful that you heard, not just a sermon, but what the “Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 2:7.) The message he delivered was the product of a lot of prayer and study on his part.
A great approach to your Bible study on Monday is to re-visit your pastor’s sermon from yesterday. This is so beneficial for many reasons:
- It’s a theme that is spiritually relevant to you and your church family.
- The message is still fresh in your mind.
- When the pastor and congregation are all studying the same thing, it strengthens unity in the church.
- It will help you apply the message to your life.
Go back and revisit the story or passage that your pastor used in his sermon yesterday. Read and mediate upon those verses. What was the main message from your pastor’s preaching yesterday? Re-read the supporting verses from the sermon. Dig a little deeper: What other thoughts or verses did the message stir up in your mind? Perhaps the most important question to answer as you study today is: How can I apply what I heard yesterday to my life this week?
New approaches help keep our Bible study times full of anticipation and excitement.
As a pastor, one of my biggest concerns is that I’ll share a message from the Lord to the congregation who will gladly receive it with amens and exhubertant response, yet fail to truly apply the message to their lives. If the Word doesn’t change how we live, it really isn’t doing us any good. By using the theme of Sunday’s message in our Monday Bible study, we will help ensure the Word is being retained and applied to our lives.
Have a great week. (And let your pastor know this week how much you appreciated the message yesterday!)
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