Why We Use the ESV Bible
We believe there is great blessing and profit in meditating on the actual words of Scripture. We engage in this practice and our vision is that our members and visitors do the same. The English Standard Version of the Bible renders the words of the original languages with great accuracy. This is critical in that we believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings. Therefore, the ESV is a great version in respect to the accuracy of translating God's actual words.
Methods for Bible Study
One of the most significant life investments you can make is to develop and strengthen your own personal devotional life. One aspect of a devotional life is not just reading your Bible, but engaging yourself with the Bible because it equips you to accurately hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
An excerpt from Building Your Devotional Life written by our Elders.
Buy a spiral notebook and a pencil with an eraser. Begin in the book of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. It is the first of four consecutive accounts of the life of Jesus. Read until you encounter something that is profound to you. It might be an action, an idea, a single word, or an entire paragraph. Write in your notebook that significant thing you observed, and write specifically what it means to you. Enter the date as well. The length of your entry is insignificant. Just write what adequately expresses your thought. That’s it, you’re done...On some occasions you might observe a particular verse or phrase that you write on a card and reflect on later, perhaps when you’re driving or when you have idle time. Such reflection is a very transformational activity that can happen on the fly...When you have these you are entering into the real goal of the structured devotional time you adhere to.
Another method for Bible Study is SOAP. SOAP is an acronym for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. As you read the Bible, underline or make note of any verses that have a special significance with you. Write a sentence or more on what you observed about the verse or verses that were significant to you. How can you apply the observation to your daily life? Write out a prayer to God based on what you learned and ask Him to help you apply this truth.
These digital resources are great tools to assist and enrich your learning. We use one or more of these in our personal studies.