THRU THE BIBLE
A trusted tool to get you started studying every book of the Bible
DR. J. VERNON MCGEE
Reading the Bible is one of the most important things we can ever do.
You likely believe that, considering you hold in your hand a book devoted to walking you through the pages of the Bible, book by book. Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the author of these pages, certainly believed that. But why? What makes the Bible so important? And how can I make reading it and living by it a pattern of my life? Those are the important questions we must answer before we dive in.
WHAT MAKES THE BIBLE SO IMPORTANT?
The books of your Bible—down to the very words written—are God’s thoughts; they are God’s words. In your hands. If you believe that, the Bible becomes more than ink on a page but something supernatural. God, using human authors in various life situa- tions, wrote it for one purpose: To introduce you to Himself. The God who spoke light out of darkness wants to speak truth into your mind and heart. That truth will lead you to His Son, Jesus— whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3).
And that’s just the beginning. Through His Word, the Spirt of God awakens us to new life. He frees us from the chains of sin. He comforts the depressed, inspires the discouraged, guides the
confused. He empowers us to live by faith—because faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
HOW CAN I MAKE THIS TREASURE A PART OF MY LIFE?
No one should tell you this is easy. It takes commitment and ef- fort to follow the Lord. But everyone who makes God’s Word a pri- ority in their lives will testify that it’s a discipline that God uses to transform their lives. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran at Bi- ble study, you’ll benefit from these seven practices, fully discussed in Dr. McGee’s Guidelines to Understanding Scripture. These steps will help you make God’s Word your lifelong companion: 1 – Begin with prayer
2 – Read the Bible 3 – Study the Bible
4 – Meditate on the Bible 5 – Read what others have written on the Bible
6 – Obey the Bible 7-Passitontoothers The content that follows in this book, Briefing the Bible, will be especially helpful in reading and studying each book of the Bible. Before diving into each book, review the outline, read over Dr. McGee’s notes, and you’ll be better equipped to understand God’s message for you.
Of course, when you’re ready to go deeper, Dr. McGee’s detailed lessons, often verse by verse, are also available to you online at TTB.org/study. Or even easier, go to TTB.org/romans (or whatever book you’re studying). There you’ll find study helps, the audio to every lesson, and more.
When you commit yourself to the study of God’s Word, you are on the journey of a lifetime. Thru the Bible is honored to be your companion on your adventure.
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