Often it seems that my Bible study can become rushed or perfunctory. I’m a goal-oriented person, so I can get focused on the goal of completing a Bible book in a certain time frame. When I do this, I surely miss out on some depth along the way.
Earlier this summer, my Bible study group announced the plan to work through a book on Ecclesiastes together. This reminded me of a great audio teaching on Ecclesiastes I heard years ago by Pastor Alistair Begg. This made me wonder, “What would it be like if I focused my Bible study for the next two months on this one Bible book?” This idea of a slow, deep immersion in one book seemed very exciting to me.
I brainstormed different ways to approach this book. This included reading the book in my favorite Bible translation along with the commentary. I found audio recordings of sermons on Ecclesiastes by two different pastors. Another idea was to read the book again in other Bible translations, and to go through other commentaries besides the one in my Nelson Study Bible. Finally, I have a goal to memorize at least one verse from the book.
Ephesians 5:26 speaks of a “washing of water by the word.” I need this washing in my life. What better way to be washed than to be fully immersed? I am so blessed to find this study revealing areas in my life where I need to grow. I won’t use this method all the time, but trying this method has certainly brought new interest to my approach to Bible study. I pray that in times of dryness, biblical immersion would wash away the cobwebs to bring a refreshing spirit into my quiet time and yours.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NJKV)
Posted on Sun, July 31, 2016
by Shawnna Casazza filed under