AI4FR wrote:Nearly everyone I have asked has told me no to the poll question. Right now I am working my way through a Life application study Bible and reading every word in it including the notes. I am begining the book of Philemon now. Most folks it seems, myself included in the past, open the bible on sunday at church and follow a few passages with the preacher and then repeat the process next sunday. I have learned recently, don't wait for things to get bad before turning to God but rather turn to him first. In short, God should be your first resort and not a last resort. Make any sense?
That makes perfect sense to me! Not that I fully practice that. I know I rely on myself too often.
Sid2 wrote:About 25 years ago, I had a major falling out with the faith of my childhood [long story, another thread] and decided to get back to the Bible, which happens to be the title of the J. Vernon McGee radio program. . . I followed it for months, even bought the 5 volume book set and grew in my knowledge of God's word immensely.
J. Vernon McGee!! A man who mentored me was a big proponent of his. I learned a ton from him.
I have read the Bible - more than once. I don't say that to be put on a pedestal. I grew up in a pastor's household. It was expected. And out on my own, I often read out of a feeling of obligation or guilt. But now, years later, there are some great times reading. I can't fully explain it, but there's peace and comfort when curled up with the Bible.
Two things I remember others say which have helped shape my reading. First, whether on your own or with a group, Bible study should be done humbly. God always has something to teach you, and He can teach you things from somebody newer in the faith than you. Secondly, as one pastor put it, God's word is like the scrubbing bubbles. Get it inside you, and it will go to work transforming and cleaning things in your life that God wants to deal with. Sometimes it's a challenge to read consistently, but having that discipline and faith will bring out the person God created you to be.