For me, the most effective way to learn the Word of God is through an organized system. There is the Bible study in a home environment hosted by someone in your church, or even another church. There are institutions out there that will inspire and get one to study the Word. For example, Koinonia Institute is a Berean style Bible school that teaches each book of the Bible requiring between 8 to 16 weeks per book. There is a quiz each week on material studied and a final exam covering the material studied, however, often introducing questions on new material.
The professor involved presents the material live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho or River Lodge, Reporoa, New Zealand before students in the classroom. The sessions recorded and sold as DVD, CD, or audio tape. College transfer is available for the student who wants to use the credit earned. The cost is negligible with most people able to afford this excellent structured Bible study.
Another option is the university where I got my own undergraduate degree--Bible University. There are two degree options for those who already have at least an associates degree. There is Biblical Studies and a Ministerial degree path. The tuition in these two degree paths is free. There are no books to buy, unless you want to, and a donation that God leads you to make to the university to get your degree printed and shipped to you.
This university puts the impetus for learning squarely on your shoulders. You will work harder at learning than you ever have. But in the end, you will have learned more than you thought possible. I have put more effort into learning through Bible University than I ever did when I was younger in acquiring my Communications degree. Pray about it and see if God is leading you to earn a Biblical degree at Bible University.
With any Bible study, only go to charismatic people who are teaching the literal and inerrant Word of God. The problem here, most people are so unfamiliar with the Word, how are they to know? Man has been going out on his own without God since the beginning of resistance which began on earth with the introduction of uncertainty and doubt by Satan with Eve. The costs to each of us remains more complex than most have ever given thought. For sure we have a shorter lifespan, toil and sweat for a majority of life, and sin that only brings misery, pain and suffering.
It is not difficult for a person to receive the Word of God on their own through the power of the Holy Spirit. I should know - I did. However, I quickly learned that there is a lot of information available for a serious student of the Word of God. When one takes advantage of this opportunity, one can quickly learn the Word of God. To summarize, the lack, ignorance, or avoidance of the Bible has caused inaction and ignorance that has infected and been in the Church for the last 50 years. The government also has failed because of its ignorance of the Word of God. Because of the failure of both the church and the government, God has withdrawn His favor.
There is a direct correlation between Israel during the time of the split between the Northern Kingdom under Jeroboam and the Southern Kingdom under Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. Under Jeroboam, the Israelites had regained significant lands they had already lost. The Northern Kingdom experienced unprecedented material gain; many people had second homes, and there was much monetary wealth. To them it was the best of times, but from God’s point of view it was the worst of times.
God commissioned Hosea when He wanted to warn the Northern Kingdom of what was sure to follow, unless they repented. The results were the lowest ebb of godlessness and corruption in Israel’s history. This time characterized by social injustice, violent crimes, religious hypocrisy, political rebellion, selfish arrogance, and spiritual ingratitude. Does this sound familiar?
In 722 B.C., the Assyrians wiped the Northern Kingdom off the pages of history never to return. In America, abundant material wealth is evident. Most every family has several cellphones, a computer and laptop, plus two or more cars. A lot of people would argue that America is enjoying the best of times. However, God does not see things the way we do. If God rebuked Israel for its brutality and indifference, so He has rebuked and will continue to admonish America.
School shootings, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, suicide, rape, robbery, and assaults; then there was the attacks on New York and Washington (regardless of who paid for the attacks-sadly the smoking gun points to America), and more crime recorded in New York City in one year than England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark combined.
My objective in writing the articles is that you learn, and grow to search the scriptures daily to see if it is so. (Acts 17.11) Become like a Berean and use the Bible daily to grow and become the woman or man of God He desires each of us to be.
I would like to know if you are reading the articles, and how they are being useful to you. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you. A blessed New Year to you and your family from Judy Ann and myself. The signs of the times are converging on the Word of God. Study and come to your own conclusions.