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The adventure of your life awaits! Far from being mundane, exploring God's Word can be one of the greatest adventures of your life! In the Bible you can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with you. And in this unique workbook you will learn how to engage His words like never before. Based on the inductive study techniques outlined in the bestselling "Living by the Book," this workbook creates the opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge through short, practical exercises and complete studies of the books of Ruth and James. In simple step-by-step fashion, you will learn how to: Observe. Let Scripture speak to you individually. Interpret. Develop the tools to properly understand the biblical text. Apply. Learn how to allow Scripture to transform your life. "Start your journey today."
HOWARD HENDRICKS is a household name in Christianity, and in his fifty-plus years of ministry, he has directly or indirectly touched millions of lives. A faculty member since 1951, Dr. Hendricks sees the adult children of former students now attending his classes. Today he still maintains a rigorous travel schedule and has ministered in over eighty countries through speaking engagements, radio, books, tapes, and films. He is also the former Bible teacher and chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys football team.
WILLIAM D. HENDRICKS is president of The Giftedness Center, a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in organizational design and strategic people management (www.thegiftednesscenter.com). Bill is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including the classic Your Work Matters to God, Living By the Book, and most recently, The Power of Uniqueness. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today and numerous other publications. He is the proud father of three daughters by his late wife, Nancy.
Table of Contents
1. Why People Don't Study the Bible2. Why Study the Bible'3. How This Book Can Help4. An Overview of the Process STEP 1: OBSERVATION 5. The Value of Observation6. Let's Start with a Verse7. You Must Learn to Read Ten Strategies to First-Rate Reading8. Read Thoughtfully9. Read Repeatedly10. Read Patiently11. Read Selectively12. Read Prayerfully13. Read Imaginatively14. Read Meditatively15. Read Purposefully16. Read Acquisitively17. Read Telescopically18. Work with a Paragraph Six Things to Look For 19. Things That Are Emphasized20. Things That Are Repeated21. Things That Are Related22. Things That Are Alike, and Unlike23. Things That Are True to Life24. Get the Big Picture25. Summarize Your Observations26. "Facts Are Stupid Things Until.. . " STEP 2: INTERPRETATION 27. The Value of Interpretation28. Handle with Care!29. What Type of Literature Is This'Five Keys to Interpretation30. Content31. Context32. Comparison33. Culture34. Consultation 35. Coming to Terms 36. Figuring Out the Figurative37. Putting It All Together38. Don't Stop Now! STEP 3: APPLICATION 39. The Value of Application40. Truth that Transforms41. A Transformed People42. Four Steps of Application43. Customized Christianity44. Nine Questions to Ask45. Now and Then46. The Principle of the Thing47. A Process of Life-Change48. Three Suggestions to Get Started