FOR SERIOUS BIBLE STUDENTS

I am going spend a brief moment sharing with you the importance of every Bible student building and adequate and effective Bible Research Library. It does not take one very long upon engaging the infallible Word of God to discover that God values His Word immensely and expects us to the same.

I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (Ps. 138:2, NKJV)

David tells us that God has magnified His Word above His name. The gravity of this statement is not easily apprehended. There is no mandate within the borders of the Bible that is more incessantly imposed upon its readers than the command to give ourselves wholly to the study, understanding, and execution of the Word of God.

The Apostle Paul adds another dynamic to the function of the Word in the believer’s life and the believer’s responsibility toward the Word.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15, NASB)

Paul informs us that it is not simply enough to engage the Word, but we must take care to rightfully “handle” the Word. In the Greek the word that is translated “handle” is “ὀρθοτομέω, orthotomeō, or-thot-om-eh’-o; From a compound of G3717 and the base of G5114; to make a straight cut, that is, (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message): – rightly divide. (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G3718). This calls for more than a superficial approach to the study of the Bible it calls for intense anatomization of scripture.

Paul goes further with Timothy to reveal the vast effect of scripture which further illuminates the massive importance of proper interpretation.

16Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
17So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, AMP)

This passage elucidates the fact that scripture must be properly dissected and disseminated in order for the equipping of the saints to be fully manifested.

Some of us have had the privilege of obtaining a formal academic education in the way of Systematic Theology, Textual Criticism, Covenantal Theology, and a number of other disciplines that have equipped us to engage the Word of God through a different spiritual and intellectual lens. Although this is truly a blessing in itself, not everyone will take the path of a formal education in theology, yet we are all called to rightly divide, dissect, anatomize, and analyze doctrine in a manner in which it remains pure and unadulterated.

How can those who choose to bypass a formal education approach this challenge? First, and foremost, by believing in the revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, by taking advantage of the wealth of extra-biblical resources that are at your disposal. Every serious Bible student should build a library filled with study resources to aid in the matter of exegesis, contextual analysis, historical reference, and cultural influence, just to name a few. All of these variables have an influence on the interpretation of scripture.

Though this may seem quite daunting at first, it can be accomplished by taking one step at a time. With patience and deliberation you can build a powerful and effective Bible research library of your own. With the era of digital technology in full swing, this task has not only been simplified, but has become quite a bit more affordable.

Some of us have had the privilege of obtaining a formal academic education in the way of Systematic Theology, Textual Criticism, Covenantal Theology, and a number of other disciplines that have equipped us to engage the Word of God through a different spiritual and intellectual lens. Although this is truly a blessing in itself, not everyone will take the path of a formal education in theology, yet we are all called to rightly divide, dissect, anatomize, and analyze doctrine in a manner to which it remains pure and unadulterated.

How can those who choose to bypass a formal education approach this challenge? First, and foremost, by believing in the revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, by taking advantage of the wealth of extra-biblical resources that are at your disposal. Every serious Bible student should build a library filled with study resources to aid in the matter of exegesis, contextual analysis, historical reference, and cultural influence, just to name a few. All of these variables have an influence on the interpretation of scripture.

Whether you are wrestling with the concept of justification and sanctification, or struggling with the doctrine of the Trinitarian existence of the Godhead, an adequately developed Bible research library will bring lucidity and confidence to your Bible Study endeavors.

Remember, we are talking about one of the most important life investments you will ever make, bar none. Through researching material for my ministry website I stumbled upon one of the most awesome finds in a long time. Only If I could have discovered this 20 years ago; before I begin building my research library, it would have saved me loads of money and time. I found an entire 20 volume set or resources, with over 14,000 pages of valuable information to aid the serious student of the Word; everything from Nave’s Topical Bible and Easton’s Bible Dictionary to The History of the Church, Volumes 1-8. Get this; all for less than the price of one movie ticket. This blew my mind.

It is needless to say that this beautiful set will be offered on my ministry website with great pomp and circumstance. Anyone that has approached the study of God’s Word with the true intent of adequately and accurately dissecting it will testify to the immensity in value this set of resources will provide. This is a digital product which means that if you have a laptop, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, EVO, Galaxy, or any other kind of smart device, you can carry this information with you wherever you go. You can, of course download it to your desktop as well. With the emergence of the Cloud and other online servers, you can now save this and pull it up on devices on which it is not even downloaded.

This is one of the greatest values that I have ever stumbled upon, and I had to share with you. May you be blessed in your studies, and may your studies thoroughly equip you for every good work.
If you are serious about your Bible Study and you are ready to take it to the next level, click on the following link and get you Bible Research Library. Please visit the Official Rick Wallace Ministries website and click the Bookstore/Resource tab, then go to the resources box and clink the link that says Bible Research Library. “20 VOLUMES, Over 14,000 Pages, Covering Contextual and Categorical References.

Once you have you have your set, you can contact me directly to discuss how to customize your library and the proper approach to studying the Word.

Click the link below to visit the Official Rick Wallace Ministries website:
http://rickwallaceministries.com/ 

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