by Jenessa from Alberta
In late November 2014, the Lord placed it on my heart to organize an inductive Bible study weekend to enable people to study the Bible for themselves and help them discern whether books they read, sermons they get online, etc. are Biblical truth.
I was hoping to reach those who may not be able to commit to a weekly study but would like to know how to study the Bible on their own.
I shared this idea with a few friends at church and my friend Jon offered to co-lead it. With our pastors and elders’ support and encouragement and only a few weeks notice, we invited the people in our church to join us for ‘Digest the Word or Be Digested: Tools to Study the Bible featuring Jonah’ on January 16-17, 2015.
We used the Jonah Precept Upon Precept study materials and added some extra instruction on How to study the Bible Inductively when you only have a Bible (and computer). We also had candy to represent Observation, Interpretation, and Application and an object lesson that included sharp and dull knives.
The result was complete because of the good hand of our God!
We had 35 people join us, ranging from experienced Bible study students to some who had never studied the Bible before and never read the Old Testament. We also had some new believers come!
I’m finally ‘seeing’ the Bible!
It was such a blessed weekend, filled with good questions, “Aha!” application moments, and lots of discussions. We heard comments like, “I’m finally ‘seeing’ the Bible!” (because of marking keywords) and, “I thought I should be tired after we studied for so many hours, but instead the time flew by because I enjoyed studying God’s Word so much!”
Thanks be to the Lord for His work and the privilege we as believers have to partner in it! My encouragement to you all is: “When God calls you to do something, do it!! He will provide!”
It is through your prayers and God's faithfulness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us the vision to reach 30,000 new Canadians with Inductive Bible study. And we can see that it is truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not yet. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.
Blessed by your partnership,
Mark Sheldrake, National Director