The last time you opened up Scripture without a devotional in front of you, how did you feel? When your pastor challenges your congregation to read the book of James this week, what's your reaction? Do you shy away from independent Bible study because you are not sure how to go about it, or do you get excited about digging deep into Scripture and hearing directly from the Word of God?You may be new to the faith or have known God practically your whole life but never have learned how to read the Bible for all it's worth. Let's give meaning to these pages upon pages of stories, prophecies, and letters. Scripture Confident through the Bible will teach you the Bible's one storyline on hand-picked passages that you will study with growing independence. It works like this: The daily study guide starts out with many guided questions, a quick summary, and an application suggestion. You are probably used to this format of studying the Bible. Every week, you will learn a new Bible study method that builds on the previous one. I break down each step of the process and empower you to take it over. First, you'll get a chance to ask some of the questions yourself, which will get you into the habit of making observations about what you're reading. Eventually, you will have a framework of questions you can take to every passage you study. You'll know how to dig deep, draw conclusions, and figure out how each passage affects your life. That's how you'll make your way through the Bible. You won't read the Bible cover to cover. Instead, I've picked out a number of key passages that help you see the Bible's story as a whole. I'll help you see the big picture. This is key. By the end of this study, you'll understand any Bible passage in its context and understand exactly how it fits into God's story of redemption. Believe me, this makes a huge difference in how you interpret and apply many passages. You'll avoid misunderstanding God or claiming promises not made for your situation. You definitely want this!!Digging deep into Scripture can get nerdy but it's never dry. Every day, you'll come away with a practical lesson or truth about God that has a real impact on your life. This study may be intense but it's never dry. As studying the Bible becomes a habit, so will seeing the world through the lenses of Scripture. More often you'll experience that warming feeling in your chest that tells you God is speaking directly to you through His Word.
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About the Author
Ellen Hopkins has been writing poetry for many years. Her first novel, Crank, also written in verse, met with critical acclaim. She lives with her husband and son in Carson City, Nevada.