“When all your favorite preachers are gone, and all their books forgotten, you will have your Bible. Master it. Master it.” — John Piper

Bible study is an important topic for all of us trying to help people grow in the knowledge of God and for pointing unbelievers to Jesus Christ. There are very few people in our communities who really know how to open up the Bible properly, exegete it and then apply it to their lives correctly. I started a Bible study with a couple this week who had never studied the Bible before and one of them remarked to me: “Sometime I will pick up a Bible and it just magically makes me feel better.” Therein lies one of the problems of our day. Too many people think the Bible is about them when it is all about Jesus. Often, it is used like some sort of self-help manual for the depressed, the sick and the addict. Feeling down, pick a verse? Yet, it is far more wonderful and profound than that.

Maybe the problem of why so many people remain untouched and unmoved by our Bible studies is because we are not correctly handling the Word of truth. Now that’s a sobering thought. There is a great post by Jen Wilkin here on some of the ways we misuse the Bible and the devastating results in our communities.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. (James 3:1)

  1. Colin says:

    I read the same gospel coalition article today and thought it was really helpful ..

    So how can people move on ? particularly with people who may of read the bible in these ways for years? and have had sound teaching ?


    • mezmcconnell says:

      hey mate
      There is a little book out by a guy called David Helm entitled: “One to One”. It is a great little tool to help people lead Bible studies properly. Check it out.

  2. Colin says:

    Thanks … that looks good. Any thoughts on a good intro to the interpretation of the bible ? basic level but introduces genre etc … I just read that Kostenberger invitation to Biblical interpretation – its fantastic but not many people will ever read that – despite the fact he writes really well – if only someone would produce a 50 page synopsis of that …..

    • mezmcconnell says:

      there are a few good ones…the book I recommended has a little section on genre at the end. Goldsworthy has a good simple introduction. Also, Mark Dever has written a couple of good books on an overview of the Bible.

  3. cthomas1000 says:


    I came and heard you at the Reaching the Unreached conference. In the seminar you gave, you gave a ‘newbies’ reading list (which also included DVDs). I’m thinking more about that level – I’m at an inner city church half are english as second language (including from other religions), alot of the rest are from ‘varied’ church backgrounds and theres alot of what the gospel coalition article talked about despite lots of attempts to encourage people otherwise.

    I’ve tried to encourage people to read stuff (I began with a short Dever book – 120 pages – as he writes pretty well and straight forward) but that failed miserably (gave out about 6 and no one read it). I am wondering if the one to one (bible / book reading) approach is the only way to start with …

    • mezmcconnell says:

      I always start with “Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” with newbies which gives them a comprehensve overview of the Bible (available on cheesy DVD too!. The book I have recommended is more a teaching tool for those wanting to teach the Bible properly as opposed to a study guide.

  4. Colin says:

    I’ll check that out ,,, its got a great cover !!!

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