bible study: a problem statement
The Christian book publishing space is over a half-billion dollar industry. Men and women sharing their views about Bible topics and doctrine is only increasing with the means of self-publishing. Individuals and organizations with their own filter on the Bible are all clamoring to be “heard” through these publications and those that are searching for truth seem increasingly obliged to listen.
So why not study just the Bible? It should be a fair question. It is, after all, God’s revealed word for mankind. It’s free. It’s available. It’s translated into every language. It’s also understandable and relatable…or is it?
This is often where the argument for “other material” comes in. The Bible can be hard to understand. In certain parts it can even be a challenge to read. It’s hard and challenging. But consider this —
God wants all to be saved! He’s given us His word and promised that if we seek Him (study it) we will find Him (understand it). Based on these Scriptural facts, shouldn’t we have faith enough that God will open our hearts and minds to understand His will for us?