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    How does one continue their Christian education once they’ve finished reading the Bible?

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    Read the bible again. Go to the elders of the church and have them challenge you in what you have come to know.

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    The Holy Spirit can provide revelation, you might read something in a new way after reading it many times before. Continue to renew yourself in prayer and the word
    Jesus. is. so. beautiful!



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    Reading is great but it is hardly enough. Now it is time to actually study. Learn the timeline flow of Bible history. Know who the major players are at every point. Know which books belong to each time period. Learn the books and writers. Learn the audience. Know which covenant is in force at the time.

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    I think these are good answers. I like to work my way through a passage slowly, taking my time and considering the meaning of everything contained in it, trying not to miss anything.

    Of course, you can also read books other people have written about the Bible. There are only about 8 gazillion of them.

    And dare we mention it, for the hardcore theologian: learning Koine Greek (and biblical Hebrew).
    Last edited by trust_in_the_name; February 19th, 2011 at 12:26 AM.

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    And dare we mention it, for the hardcore theologian: learning Koine Greek (and biblical Hebrew).
    My experience with people who learn greek or hebrew or whatever language is that they invariably end up using that knowledge to glorify their own understanding of the Bible rather than using it to point back to the teachings of Jesus.

    But hey, nothing wrong with learning.

    Read the bible again. Go to the elders of the church and have them challenge you in what you have come to know.
    I thought Dan's suggestion here was pretty good. My friends and I have verse card competitions sometimes. We select a list of what we feel are the most inspiring, insightful, or relevant verses from the Bible and then try to memorise them and then make a game out of seeing who can remember the most. (I've been very lazy about it for the past few years!)

    But in the spirit of what Dan has suggested, why not have a bit of bible knowledge fun right here right now?

    My suggestion is a competition (against one's self) to see how many commands of Jesus you can list off the top of you head, without looking. Now I am not talking about parables, miracles, or general teaching, but places where he specifically said something like "do this" or "don't do that" to his followers.

    Obviously this is based on the honour system, but I don't think we'll have a problem with that on a Christian forum. I think the results can just be the number but if people also want to list the commands they remembered then that would be good too.

    So how about it folks? How many commands of our Lord and saviour can you remember off the top of your head?

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    I could create an analogy to most forms of learning.
    Know the material
    Know how to practice it
    Practice it
    Continually review yourself to make sure you are
    Listen to others and you might learn something new

    Just because something is taught once, doesn't mean it sticks ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by resurrection33 View Post
    How does one continue their Christian education once they’ve finished reading the Bible?
    The best way is through a formal education at a bible believing college or seminary. There are many good choices on the internet as well, if you can't attend a college in person. You must remember, as you are studying, you need to be living a Christian life, and have an open mind that is able to discern properly the word of God. Your testimony must be your own, not your church's or teacher's.

    At the very least, one should become aware of basic biblical hermeneutics, and exegetical principles. I have seen it demonstrated on this board, where members lack of knowledge in these important biblical tools, has led to much error and misunderstanding. We must be able to properly interpret scriptures, in the context in which they were written and meant to be understood by the audience to which they were written.

    Bible study with other bible believing Christians is another good way to further your education. Your local congregation should be spending time during the week in teaching. Remember, just because someone in authority at your church says it, does not make it so. READ the scriptures, and find out for yourself.

    Obviously, it is not necessary to have a formal education to be saved. But in the words of a popular Casting Crowns song, "to know you [God] is to want to know you more." That is the way I feel. We can know God only in part. He is infinite, therefore, we can never know everything about Him. But God is only too happy to reveal Himself to those who seek Him diligently. I am planning on spending eternity learning more about Him.

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    You never finish reading the bible for one thing. You read it till the day you die. Theres millions of bible studies. First one can start with the study of love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by resurrection33 View Post
    How does one continue their

    Christian education once they’ve finished reading the Bible?


    Dear resurrection33, The Word of God in the Bible is

    so holy and so true, one can never finish reading it, never put

    down the Bible. One will always find new truth in the pages of

    the holy scriptures. However, one should continue reading a

    variety of Christian books. I recommend the following books.

    Johnson, Phillip E. (1993). Darwin On Trial. 2nd ed. Downers

    Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

    Chilton, David. (2006). The Days of Vengeance: An

    Exposition of the Book of Revelation. Horn Lake, MS:

    Dominion Press.

    Bobrinskoy, Boris. (1999). The Mystery of the Trinity:

    Trinitarian Experience and Vision in the Biblical and Patristic

    Tradition. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

    Anthony. (2006). West of Jesus: The Bible's Answer to

    Protestant Departure from Orthodox Belief. Salisbury, MA:

    Regina Orthodox Press.

    The English Standard Version Bible Containing the Old and

    New Testaments with the Apocrypha. New York: Oxford

    University Press, 2009.

    Old Orthodox Prayer Book. Second Edition. Translated and

    edited by Hieromonk German Ciuba, Archpriest Pimen Simon,

    and Priest Theodore Jurewicz. Erie, PA: Russian Orthodox

    Church of the Nativity of Christ (Old Rite), Copyright 2001.

    The Pentecostarion. Translated from the Greek by Holy

    Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1990.

    God bless all of you as you seek to obey His will and live a

    Christian life in the presence of our LORD GOD and Saviour,

    Jesus Christ. Amen.

    In Erie PA Scott R. Harrington


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