Bible StudyThree methods all of which have value to varying degrees

1. Reading – Daily Bible Reading

     a. Satisfaction of completely reading the Bible

     b. Surface knowledge of its general content

     c. Reminder of specific facts/principles/lessons

2. Meditating – Certain words, passages, stories, principles

     a. Deeper meaning, better understanding, closer relationship with God

     b. Personal application

3. Studying – Personal and Class

     a. Use of research material such as Bible Dictionary, Concordance, Commentaries, Lexicons, etc to dig deep into the Word.

     b. The deeper we dig the richer the blessing of an increased understanding of the mind of God (Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”)

     c. Class study lies somewhere between reading and personal study depending on the preparation and delivery of the teacher and the receptiveness of the student.

4. Tom Holland – Lectureships, Gospel meetings, Leadership Workshops (William Woodson)

     a. He “lives” with a book for one year before beginning  to write a commentary on it.

     b. The thought of that effort and the blessings received  from studying for classes such as these has given me a much stronger appreciation for God’s Word

This book is a tremendously practical book on the responsibilities and functions of elders.

There is a shortage of qualified elders who are fully accomplishing their work in congregations. This book, if used, will go a long way to fixing that problem.
--Aaron Cozart - Minister. Gospel Broadcasting Network

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