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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.
Following his conversion, R.C. Sproul experienced many of the struggles that most new Christians face. “That first year was a roller coaster of spiritual highs and spiritual lows. I was frustrated by my ongoing sin and that I still struggled with things I brought into the faith from my old life. At the same time, I couldn’t get enough study of Scripture.”
“From the day of my conversion, I had this unquenchable thirst to know the Bible. In the first few weeks of my Christian experience, I read the Bible from cover to cover. In fact, that’s all I did. The first semester of my freshman year, I got Ds in all my classes except gym and Bible—I got an A in Bible. I didn’t want to know anything else.”—Jeff Goins and Elizabeth Vince
Surprisingly, it’s not a challenge for Prison Fellowship to convince inmates that Christ’s redemptive work on the cross is relevant to their lives. “You don’t have to spend time talking to an inmate about how their life is not working out,” says Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries. “It’s painfully obvious to them. In the free world, we have appearances to keep up, and there are a lot of ways we can fake it.”
“Inmates who’ve hit rock bottom usually respond from a place of deep pain: ‘Does God really love me? Is God like my earthly father who beat me, who left my mom? Is God like my earthly father who didn’t care if I ate or not?’ These are the basic questions that those who grew up in fairly healthy homes don’t always understand.”—Jessi Strong
We live in a world swarming with opinions and ideas that oppose God’s desire. It’s all too easy to let these influences inch into our hearts and beliefs. We are called, beloved and kept by God so that we might pursue Him. Jude suggests an antidote for spiritual lethargy and false teachings: We can build ourselves up in the faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping ourselves and others in the love of God, and looking forward to the eternal life we enjoy through Christ’s sacrifice (Jude 20). But ultimately, as Jude points out, the best protection from temptation is a reliance on God, “who is able to protect you from stumbling and make you to stand before his glory blameless” (v. 24).—Miles Custis
As every parent knows, no two children learn the same way. Yet we often forget that those differences carry over into adulthood. As Sherry Surrat notes, “one size fits all” does not apply to studying the Bible. “You need to try different ways to grow in God’s Word. You have to find what works for you. Find your rhythm.” As a mother of two and the president and CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Surrat recently spoke with Bible Study Magazine about overcoming isolation and studying the Word as a family.—Elizabeth Vince
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