WORK OUT A PLAN TO STUDY
Learning God’s word is an intentional activity. So, this requires the student to have a plan when setting out to study the Bible. By planning when, where, how and why one studies a Christian can develop personal discipline. Remember, one of the Biblical Literacy Ethic principles points to the fact that God expects Christians to take their spiritual growth and development as their own responsibility.
Planning is one way to claim responsibility over personal spiritual learning. By doing so, a Christian’s convictions will be his or her own and not the faith of another. Too many who claim the Christian faith fail to grow because of lack of ownership in learning. It was observed that soldiers, when taken prisoner during war, who had a firm grasp of their own convictions were less likely to be subdued by their captors.
Alex Hailey, author of Roots, once said that a people who know who they really are cannot truly be enslaved. The same is true for Christians who take charge of their personal learning are less likely to be taken captive by the world, by falsehood or by false teachers and are less likely to buckle during persecution. Christian’s safety depends on personal involvement in learning.
Planning how to learn can also help a Christian tailor his or her learning according interests in ministry. By setting goals on what to learn, a Christian can specialize in areas of ministry that best suits the needs of the local church. By specializing, a Christian can be more empowered in learning since this creates purpose in studying while helping the Christian be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Suggestions on making a plan
*Remember lighting, temperature, basic surroundings, comfort, distractions can effect your study.
©2001 Thomas L. Reed II
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