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How to Study the Bible
How to Study the Bible
A congregational tool.

The goal of good Bible study is to learn what the Bible is saying and how it applies to your life.

"It is through applying the Word that God changes our lives."

"But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." ...

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Top Ten Downloads of 2003
What people liked most at ChristianBibleStudies.com.

Best-seller lists intrigue me. My ears perk up when I hear something like "the top-selling albums from last week …" or "the highest-grossing films of the year …" These lists allow me to glimpse into the minds of people and find material ...

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Hide It in Your Heart
Five ways to keep the Bible in mind.

For church kids, learning Bible verses is easy. Almost every children's program stresses its importance. Kids play games, listen to Bible stories, and sing songs-basically having a grand time while learning God's Word.

Yet adults need to know the Bible ...

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Best-Selling Bible Studies of 2004
What caught your interest.

What caught readers' attention at ChristianBibleStudies.com over the first six months of 2004? We've compiled a list of the most popular Bible studies below.

Interestingly, media and pop culture figured prominently. Christians thirst to know what the ...

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Top 10 Bible Studies of 2004
What people liked most at ChristianBibleStudies.com.

In 2004, individuals, small groups and Sunday school classes continued to learn and apply God's word with the help of ChristianBibleStudies.com. This unique site added many new types of Bible studies in the last year, including Movie Discussion ...

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God's Word for 'Up and Outers'
Dallas businessman Garry Kinder's Bent Tree Bible Study isn't a church, but it's no social club either.

"Let me get this straight," said a confused Garry Kinder to the Bent Tree Country Club manager. "You want me to teach the Bible study … in a bar?"

The manager had explained that the ballroom, which Garry had requested, was in use every Sunday morning. ...

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Reaching the Disconnected Male
Looking back, Larry Kay says his life was "full of confusion, full of lust and pain, and almost completely void of God."

"It impacted everything—business relations, my marriage, my friends," says the 45-year-old Georgia resident who used to work 60-to-80 hours a week.

"We had been attending church for several years but we were in the balcony, sneaking in and out, ...

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Teaching a Church to Pray
How to have a vital prayer ministry.

The pastor who preceded me at Arcade served the church 40 years. Bringing change to this congregation would be either a supernatural work of God or professional suicide.

My first sermon at Arcade stressed the importance of learning to pray in community. ...

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The Evangelistic Bible Study: Making It Work
Consider this effective means of evangelism.

It works in offices, on college campuses, and in local churches. What is it? The evangelistic Bible study. Can you really get non-Christians involved in such a study? It happens all the time, it changes lives, and it's easier than you may think.

How do ...

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Overview of the Bible
A summary of what's in the greatest book of all time.

Wouldn't you love to be able to grasp what the entire Bible contains in just a few minutes? This compilation of the themes of the Bible will allow you to do just that. The following is a summary of what each book of the Bible contains. Keep it handy ...

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Opening the Bible for Seekers
Opening the Bible for Seekers
Discussion Bible studies are powerful agents of change.

From the book Growing Your Church Through Evangelism and Outreach

It is now clear that large numbers of people have become Christians through peer-group discussions of the Bible. And when unchurched participants become serious about the Christian faith, ...

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Top Ten Downloads of 2006
We've compiled a list of your favorites from this year.

2006 was a great year for the ChristianBibleStudies.com ministry.

Our hearts leap when we offer studies on topics like prayer, spiritual growth, and cultural impact, and we see that they were useful to many of you. Likewise, we rejoice when our guides ...

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7 Ways to Begin a Buzz About Bible Study
Use these ideas to interest others in studying the Bible.

According to The Barna Group research about one-third of Americans say they study the Word of God daily or weekly. Another third say they study the Bible, but less frequently. The final third are Americans who say they never study the Bible at all.

Most ...

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Put Your Bible Down for a Day
Let your light shine.

Recently, I was in Cincinnati for a conference. Our activities were at the Duke Energy Center where the entire west facade is a sign of 77 lights that spell out Cincinnati. The sign can be seen for miles as it adorns the skyline and has become somewhat ...

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Using Film Clips in Preaching
Careful choices yield best results.

If film clips are to be used effectively in preaching, guidelines concerning number and placement need to be observed. How many clips should be used in a single message? For preachers who are new to video usage the prospect of illustrating an entire ...

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What Do You Know About Scripture?
Take this test to see how much you know.

Quick. Who wrote 1 Corinthians? What does it mean to walk through the valley of the shadow of death? Who was Jehoshaphat? Can you answer questions like these? An increasing number of Christians can't. Or do you know more than you think you know? To help ...

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Sometimes Big Things Start Small
Saddleback's Small Group Ministry wasn't always a bed of roses.

After five years of championing small groups at Willow Creek Community Church, Brett Eastman shuttled his family westward to Orange County, California. He was hired at Saddleback Church and figured he would pick up where he left off at Willow.

But Saddleback ...

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We Revere the Bible More Than We Read It
New research shows a surprising number who follow Christ but don't prioritize time in the Word.

I recently talked to a young woman who was visiting our church. As I chatted with her, I found out that she considered herself an atheist. She visited just to humor a friend. When I asked her why she was an atheist, she said she couldn't believe stuff ...

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How Excellent Are Thy Names
How Excellent Are Thy Names
What God invites us to call him says volumes about his relationship to us.

Most of us have several names or titles to which we respond. In my work, I am called "Dr. Hemphill." In most social settings, I am called "Ken." My wife calls me "Honey." My mother refers to me as "Son." Now that ...

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Days of Celebration
Try this quiz to test your knowledge on the Old Testament Jewish festivals.

Throughout his life, Jesus faithfully celebrated all of the Old Testament Jewish festivals (see Lev. 23). Like our Christian holidays, these feasts recalled God's saving acts and providence. Match the description to the correct Jewish festival below. ...

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