Season 2 | Ep. 3

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We either overthink reading the Bible or we don’t really think about it at all. Neither is good to start a habit of reading the Bible, right? My friends and I talk about, well–a lot of different things, but we had a great conversation about reading the Bible. There’s a lot of different opinions about how to read the Bible, but it’s mainly a story. A lot of people go find something in the Bible to address the topic they want or need to learn about, which isn’t wrong but if that’s the only way we try to read or use the Bible, we will miss out on the big story being told in the scriptures.

As I got older I realized that all the people in the Bible stories we heard as kids weren’t meant to be models for us but mirrors! We only get bits and pieces of the stories as children and so we miss out on the full purpose of the stories. We learned about David and Goliath, but the adults are definitely uncomfortable saying that David cut off Goliath’s head, too. We don’t see that part in the children’s cartoons, do we? 

Reading the Bible in its entirety is crucial even if it’s kind of boring at times. I’m sorry, was that too honest? Yes, sometimes there are parts of the Bible that can put you to sleep, but if you keep reading you’ll find some weird stuff, interesting stuff, and even things that minister to you. It’s a story to lead you to Jesus because it’s all about Him. 

Content notes

3:12 Question of the day: “What is a common myth about your job?”

9:35 “Invisible Statue” article

12:14 Main Topic: How to study the Bible

16:15 Wrong ways to approach the Bible

21:06 What are you studying? What are you studying for?

22:03 The importance of simply reading scripture vs. studying

26:35 Teaching the Bible to teenagers

35:57 Was Samson a superhero? Where the bible cartoons get it wrong.

51:26 Being familiar with God’s Word is not just for spiritual leaders, but all disciples.

55:52 As a normal Christian, what do I do when I’m reading through the Bible and nothing makes sense? Where is the starting point?

Recommended Resources
This podcast is NOT sponsored. Some product links are affiliate links which means if you buy something we may receive a small commission. Here are some books we’d recommend to dive deeper on the topic of Grace.

54:36 The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited – Scot McKnight

58:36 The Message Bible: The Bible in contemporary language – Eugene Peterson

1:07:30 Thompson Chain-Reference Bible ESV

1:08:35 YouVersion Bible App

1:09:34 Blue Letter Bible

1:10:14 The Bible Project

1:11:47 How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Gordon D. Fee

1:12:02 How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour – Gordon D. Fee

1:14:14 Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity – Dr. Greg Boyd

1:15:43 ESV Bible Journals

1:16:36 Spoken Gospel Youtube Channel

Posted on: 10.01.2021
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Jacob Sheriff has had such radical encounters with the power of God that seeing people transformed by Jesus has become his life’s mission. Click here to learn more.

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