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Video: Studying the Book of Philippians

In the video below, Ryan Kelly introduces us to Philippians: A 12-Week Study, which is part of Crossway’s Knowing the Bible study series.


Knowing the Bible Series: Philippians
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July 15, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News & Announcements,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

Reading God’s Word When You Don’t Want To

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This is a guest post by Paul Tripp and is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women.


I have a confession to make. It’s embarrassing and humbling, but I’m willing to make it: I’m not always excited about reading and studying God’s Word.

I go through periods of what I would call spiritual boredom, when the “old, old story” just isn’t very exciting to me. On my very bad days, Bible study feels burdensome to me, and my heart is motivated more by duty than worshipful joy.

When I hit these periods, there are three things that I require myself to remember. They have helped me and I think they’ll help you too.

1. I remember God’s grace.

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Isaiah 55. This chapter gives us visual picture after visual picture of God’s amazing grace, and because it does, it’s not surprising that the crescendo of this chapter is a visual picture of what the Bible is able to do in us and for us.

You will never find joy in Bible study until you understand that reading God’s Word is not first a call to duty, but an invitation to receive a wonderful gift. Your Bible is a gift of God’s grace that is able to do what no other gift can do—change your heart and your life. Scripture really does have to power to turn thorn bushes into cypress trees!

2. I remember Jesus.

Reading God’s word is much more than reading dusty, abstract theology, becoming familiar with ancient religious stories, or getting principles for daily living. You will never have joy in your Bible study unless you understand that it’s God’s invitation for you to commune with his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In John 5, Jesus’s claims are questioned by people who are purported to be experts in Scripture. Christ says, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39).

Open your Bible and what do you encounter? Not a thing, but a Person, and His name is Jesus. Reading and meditating on your Bible is God’s means of welcoming you into daily fellowship with your Brother, Friend, Savior and King—Jesus.

3. I remember to remember.

I’m so prone to forget God, forget His grace, forget my identity as His child, forget that He supplies all that I need, forget His unstoppable sovereign plan, and forget His eternal kingdom. And when I forget God, I to put myself in His position and make my life all about me; my will, my feeling, my plan, my wants and my needs.

Putting myself in God’s position always leads to spiritual dissatisfaction because the world was not created to do my bidding. So I need to be reminded every day of God’s awesome glory, his gracious presence in my life, and my special identity as his child. His Word was given so that day after day I would remember.

So, tomorrow, when you don’t feel like opening your Bible, remember God’s grace, remember your friend and brother, Jesus, and remember how quickly you forget. Pick God’s Word up not with the burden of guilt or as a call to duty, but because it’s a gift given to you by a God of amazingly tender mercy and grace.


Paul David Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary, and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care, under the auspices of the Association of Biblical Counselors. He is the author of a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Whiter Than Snow, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, Dangerous Calling, Sex and Money, and New Morning Mercies (forthcoming). He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources visit paultrippministries.org.


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Christ in All of Scripture – Esther 6:1–4

 

Esther 6:1-4

“On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And the king said, ‘What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?’ The king’s young men who attended him said, ‘Nothing has been done for him.’ And the king said, ‘Who is in the court?’ Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him.”


A seemingly inconsequential night of restlessness results in deliverance for God’s people as Ahasuerus is reminded of Mordecai’s faithfulness and Haman, who has just constructed gallows on which to hang Mordecai, is forced to exalt him instead.

Two gospel reminders are embedded in this event. First, we see once more that God is working behind the scenes for the good of his people. The king just “happened” to have a sleepless night, and just “happened” to hear of Mordecai’s saving of the king! Second, we remember that God humbles those who exalt themselves, yet he delights to exalt those who humble themselves (Luke 18:14James 4:10). The supreme example of this upside-down principle is Christ himself (Phil. 2:6–11).


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

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Impact Membership Now Available in Canada and Mexico

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What Is Crossway Impact?

As you may be aware, Crossway Impact is a membership program that offers a variety of benefits and a unique ministry opportunity––with 5% of every purchase furthering strategic ministry projects.

To date, thousands of readers have joined Impact and taken advantage of the flat-rate shipping, store-wide discounts, and partnered with us in gospel ministry. However, until now, Impact was only available to residents of the United States.

Welcome, Canada & Mexico

Today, we’re excited to announce that Impact is now available to residents of Canada and Mexico! With the exception of shipping & handling, all Impact benefits now extend to anyone with an address in Canada, Mexico, or the United States––making it that much easier to benefit from Crossway’s gospel-centered resources.

We have exciting plans for the future of this program and need your help to get the word out. If you have friends in Canada or Mexico (or the United States!) who would find Impact useful, please let them know about this new opportunity to join the Crossway Impact community.

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Video: Jani Ortlund on Staying in the Word as a Young Mom

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This video with Jani Ortlund is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women.


In this video, Jani Ortlund offers some advice for staying motivated to read God’s Word and making time for Bible study as a young mom.


Jani Ortlund on Staying in the Word as a Young Mom
from Crossway on Vimeo.


Jani Ortlund is a well-known writer and conference speaker who loves spending her energies connecting women and their families with the Word of God. She is the wife of Dr. Raymond Ortlund Jr., pastor, author, and former seminary professor. Jani, a former schoolteacher, holds a master’s degree in education. The Ortlunds have four grown children and two grandchildren.

 


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