As you become a person who is regularly reading and studying the Bible, there are some principles that we would encourage you to use as you interpret Scripture. In theological education institutions, the study of these principles is called Hermeneutics. These principles are important because they give us some ‘rules’ around how to and how not to interpret Scripture. They can be very valuable in our understanding of the meaning and message God wants to give us as we read the Bible. These principles are very standard in evangelical Christianity. We hope and pray they will be helpful to you!
This Bible reading plan is one of our key resources in our attempt to help you grow spiritually. We believe strongly that time daily in God's word is key for the growing disciple of Jesus. Over the years as we've tried to help people read through the Bible in a year, but the problem with many Bible reading plans is that if you miss a day of reading and fall behind in your reading plans, it's much easier to quit the plan altogether. We love the 5-day a week reading plan because if you miss a day, you are still on track to complete the Bible in a year.
Getting extended time with God are one of the best investments of time that you can make. This Time Alone with God, or as we like to call it, TAWG, is in addition to your Quiet Times that you spend daily with the Lord. The biggest benefit that we find in these extended periods of time is that it really gives you additional time to praise God and to then hear from Him. Here are some highlights of how you can begin adding a TAWG to your schedule, and some step-by-step directions on how to make it work.
As we train and equip Christians to reach their world for Christ, requests for a simple tool to be able to study a Biblical topic is often requested. This worksheet is designed to help you take a passage of Scripture or a Biblical topic and gain further understanding. As a companion to this worksheet, you may also find our Principles of Biblical Interpretation helpful, found on this same page.
As Christians, we should know the commands of Christ and obey them. Jesus Himself
says in John 14:21, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” This study allows you to take one command each week and do the study to help you know each command.
As we train and equip Christians to reach their world for Christ, beginning to learn who lives in your neighborhood is so important. This worksheet is designed to help you begin learning about your neighbors and having a sheet to put up at your house to begin praying for them by name. For additional context on this topic, please get a copy of the book ‘The Art of Neighboring’ by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon at Amazon.com.
As we train and equip Christians to reach their world for Christ, the topic of 'How do I know God’s will for my life?' comes up a lot in our training. This worksheet is designed to help you develop an intimacy with God and an understanding of how to hear from God about your life and future ministry. For additional context on this topic, please listen to Episode 5 of The Catalytic Podcast, found on our website at OneEightCatalyst.org.
We've created this simple study sheet for you to memorize the order of the books of the Bible, together with how many chapters are in each book. This is a great tool to know your Bible better, to reference it and use it as a tool toward your own spiritual growth and toward evangelism and discipleship!