Read the Bible!
Search the Scriptures for Yourself
By Dr. Jim Combs, Jeri Combs
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They are experts at helping ordinary people discover the extraordinary treasures of the inspired Scriptures. Search: Search the Scriptures for Yourself will take you from just listening to others talk about the Bible to the point where you can research its truths for yourself.
There are three main methods of mastering the contents of the Bible. J. Frank Norris declared, "The first thing is to read the Scriptures. Second, read the Scriptures! Third, read the Scriptures!! "
Yes, it is absolutely essential to read the Word of God to master its contents. No matter how brilliant and powerful the preaching one hears, and no matter how profound the teaching a believer may hear, there is no substitute for personal Bible study.
About the Authors
Dr. Jim Combs is the author or editor of several books, including Mysteries of The Book of Daniel, Rainbows From Revelation, Mysteries of the Bible Now Revealed, Ten Tremendous Truths, Our Biblical Baptist Heritage and ABC's of Life Success by Jim and Jeri Combs (co-author of Search. He is also an associate editor of the Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible. He has preached in hundreds of pulpits during his over 60 years of ministry.
Jim and Jeri have been married for 55 years and have one daughter, Charis Lorraine Combs-Lay, who is a Lutheran Minister, as is her husband, Leo. They have provided Jim and Jeri with 2 grandchildren, James and Steven.
Jeri traveled for several years with Jim in evangelism and prophecy conferences from coast to coast.
In 1983 they moved to Springfield, Missouri where Jim became editor of the Baptist Bible Tribune, official publication of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. She was Family Page Editor.
They collaborated on several study projects and publishable books in recent years. During this time she completed a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Counseling through Louisiana Baptist University. She is a founding charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Approach Bible study carefully
Since the Word of God relates to every life situation and the Divine Author longs to illuminate the Scriptures, open them carefully and prayerfully, eager to learn, know and do the will of God. Ponder these two questions as you read and study:
First, what do I need to know for my head? What wisdom, what facts, what basic knowledge do I need both for absorption of Absolute Truth and for instruction applicable to my life? “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not” (James 1:5). Here is mental instruction.
Second, what do I need to instruct my heart? The fire of the Word of God will kindle a flame of devotional zeal in the heart as the Spirit uses it. “Is not my word like as a fire?. . .” (Jeremiah 23:29). Here is spiritual inspiration.
Therefore, study to educate the head and to inspire the heart. Each day we need both knowledge for the mind and food for the soul.
- Practical guidelines will point you to the best tools to help you dig out the truths in the books of the Bible.
- Studying the Scripture for yourself will equip you to examine the pages of Holy Scripture with confidence and assurance.
- Learn how to glean truth and application for yourself.
- Develop study tools that become a lifelong asset.
- Suggested areas of study get the reader involved quickly and productively.
Seven Wonders of the Word
We have all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World that have fascinated mankind through the centuries. Yet, for those who will examine the evidence, the Scriptures should hold an equal fascination. The Bible also manifests Seven Wonders of the Word of God.
1. The Wonder of Its Formation
The marvelous manner in which the Scriptures grew from the first 5 books of Moses to include all 39 books of the Old Testament and, then, the addition of the 27 books of the New Testament in the first century of our era, is one of the greatest mysteries of the ages.
2. The Wonder of Its Unity
The Bible is a complete library composed of 66 books, written by 44 different authors over a period of 1,600 years. The authors came from different backgrounds–including kings of Israel, warriors, shepherds, poets, a physician, and fishermen. However, the Bible is the most unified book in the world, containing a progressive revelation of the message of God without any real contradictions.
3. The Wonder of Its Age
The Bible is without doubt the oldest and most ancient book in the world, beginning with its first section of five books written by Moses 35 centuries ago.
4. The Wonder of Its Sales
Despite the fact that it is the oldest and most popular book in the world, its continuing sales year after year are the greatest wonder in the field of book publishing. Scholars have estimated that there are far more than two billion Bibles published throughout the globe.
5. The Wonder of Its Popularity
Every year the Bible is read by over a billion adults and young people representing every nation and class of people on the planet.
6. The Wonder of Its Language
The Scriptures were written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, by some 44 writers. Most of these writers were not well-educated, nor did most of them know each other. Yet the wisest men of every age have acknowledged the Bible as the world's greatest literary masterpiece.
7. The Wonder of Its Preservation
There is no other book in history which has suffered more opposition, hatred, persecution, and outright burning. Yet, after thousands of years of opposition, the Bible has not only survived, it has triumphed over emperors, kings, and dictators who sought to silence its message of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.
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