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Bible Study Magazine is a print magazine (not an emagazine) published by Lexham Press. Six times a year, Bible Study Magazine delivers tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from respected teachers, professors, historians, and archeologists.
Read pastor profiles, author interviews, and stories of individuals whose thoughtful engagement with Scripture has shaped their thinking and defined their ministries. Bible Study Magazine reveals the impact of God’s Word in their lives—and the power of Scripture in yours.
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Author and Teacher Jen Wilkin Refuses to Leave Bible Study to the Experts. By the time she was in college, Jen Wilkin had experienced church life in seven denominations, each with its own distinctive approach to reading the Bible. One church she attended during elementary school held a Bible study where the teachers “treated us as capable of learning and understanding the Scriptures, and then gave us tools to do so.” This early investment in showing kids how to study the Bible for themselves changed everything for Wilkin. “Hearing different pastors teach the same passages in such different ways had been an eye-opener,” she says. “It pushed me to want firsthand knowledge of the text.” By her twenties, Wilkin understood it was possible to drown in waves of opinion. If she was going to learn to swim, she would have to learn to read the Bible for herself.
Years ago I discipled a young man who was a new believer, and his response to Scripture always startled me. Most people would read a passage of Scripture, parse the Greek verbs, note interesting cultural or historical facets, think up hypothetical scenarios for applying the passage, and then move on to the next passage. But Dave read a passage and then went and did what he read—immediately and literally. He read the parable of the good Samaritan, then drove around town for several hours looking for someone to help, feed, and put up in a hotel for the night. After reading Jesus’ command to sell possessions and give to the poor, Dave sold his video game consoles and some furniture and gave the money to the poor. He read that believers should confess their sins, so he openly confessed everything to a wide-eyed group of near strangers. While Dave’s early approach was extreme and even inappropriate at times, the heart behind his actions convicted many longtime believers about the way they read the Bible. Are we studying merely to increase our knowledge or to learn faithful obedience? Dave’s actions were confrontational to those of us who had grown content with hypothetical obedience as we soaked in more knowledge about the Bible.
—Aubry G. Smith
“The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down [from Antioch] to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus” (Acts 13:4). Acts of the Apostles records the beginning of the most important missionary trip in the history of the Christian church. The two missionaries, Paul and Barnabas, were joined by John Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, who was to serve as their assistant (Col 4:10; Acts 13:5). The first target of the mission trip is Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. After Caesar Augustus gained solitary power in the Roman Empire, he made Cyprus a senatorial province, governed by a proconsul. By the beginning of the first century, Cyprus was already becoming a political backwater in the Roman Empire.
—Thomas W. Davis