The main point of this week’s message (January 3, 2016) was that Scripture is sufficient to bring us to salvation in Jesus and grow us to maturity in him. Our only two appropriate responses are to turn away from it in disbelief or to devote ourselves fully to it in order to know Him.
Our only two appropriate responses are to turn away from Scripture in disbelief or to devote ourselves fully to it in order to know Jesus.
For those who choose the latter option, to devote ourselves to knowing God through his word, we know the road is challenging. It is intimidating, not just a little overwhelming, and we often feel disconnected from it, with no idea where or how to start. So we want to give you a few resources to help in that journey.
As you use any or all of these, please reach out to other people in the church, in your Missional Community, or to us (the Remedy pastors) for help. There’s no reason to be embarrassed–this wasn’t intended to be done alone.
On to the resources…
Look at the Book
Look at the Book is an initiative of John Piper and Desiring God to help make the Bible more accessible and to help people learn to study and unlock it for themselves. You watch videos around 10 minutes long, seeing only the text and Pastor John’s writing as he works his way through it. They are phenomenally helpful!
Recommended Books & Articles
The ESV Study Bible – You can find this on Amazon or christianbook.com, and it is filled with helpful commentary, articles, explanations, maps, and other resources to help make sense of difficult passages and ideas.
“How to Read the Bible for Yourself,” by John Piper
Knowing Scripture, by R.C. Sproul
How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth, by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
Living by the Book, by Howard Hendricks
Reading plans on esvbible.org (go to the site and click on “Plans” for a list of options)