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Thanks for visiting our website! This month we are celebrating the publication of the first volume in my new series of Bible Study Guides. [Click picture to enlarge.]

Hebrews Bible Study Guide

Ministry has always been a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 47+ years! In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by so many people around the world!

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June 2017

Upcoming 2017 Mission and Ministry Schedule

  • June 7: Summer Series Speaker, Park Plaza church, Tulsa, OK
  • June 28-July 3: Mission trip to Dominican Republic, seminars and evangelistic campaign in Neyba
  • July 12-25: Mission trip to Peru [Lima, Trujillo, area churches around Huamachuco]
  • A 2017 Calendar that includes all scheduled ministry and mission activities is available. I hope you can attend an event when I am in your area. Contact me for details or to inquire about a possible visit.

    Message and Meaning: A Simple Bible Study Model for Small Groups

    The "Message and Meaning Model" of Bible study will simplify and encourage Bible study in your small groups!
    There are many models of Bible study and many good resources that focus on the message and application of the Bible. In this article I present an easy model (easy to remember, easy to use) that I developed and recommend. I used it and taught it in local ministry for more than a dozen years. Now I teach churches around the world how to use it. The "Message and Meaning Method" is easy, effective, enjoyable, and encouraging. More...

    Lack of knowledge of the Bible is on the rise! I am part of a faith heritage that historically has been described as "people of the Book." Christians were diligent students of Scripture. Our knowledge of Scripture and our commitment to Scripture were well-known. What has changed? Think with me about the four levels in which we come to Scripture--the congregation, the class, the cell (small group), and our personal commitment.
    I do not believe the problem is in our worship assemblies and sermons. Our preachers study and present the biblical text. There are exceptions, but in most of our churches, the sermons are based in Scripture. My two recommendations are (1) that we preachers be careful about developing too many thematic sermons or series, and (2) that we make a diligent effort to preach the "whole counsel of God" so that over a period of time we preach every part of Scripture.
    Nor is the problem in our Bible classes. While there are more and more topical Bible classes, I still see diligent efforts to work with the biblical text. If there is a concern, it is that the focus of the Bible class is too much on content and not enough on application. Classes can spend a lot of time on the "what it says" and not enough time on the "what it means."
    At the cell level (including all small groups in the church and also family groups), I see an increasing lack of focus on Scripture. I see many groups studying contemporary Christian literature instead of the Bible. I see few groups that know how to use the Bible as the primary tool in the group study.
    Finally, because we do not work together at the small group level to read, understand, and apply Scripture, more and more Christians lack these skills in their personal devotional life of conversation with God.

    Many Christians lake the ability to "digest" the Bible. Many Christians do not feast on Scripture because they cannot digest it. In a sermon, we expect the preacher to have studied and "predigested" the spiritual food. While sermons should involve the listeners in the process of understanding and applying Scripture, the congregational setting often leaves us one step removed from personal study of the Bible. In the Bible class, there are increased opportunities for interaction but many questions, comments, and concerns go unexpressed, especially when the classes are large. Therefore, much of what is presented in a Bible class is also "predigested."
    The cell is the place where we could work together to learn how to digest Scripture. We keep ourselves one step removed from healthy spiritual eating when we turn to books that tell us what others have already seen instead of using Scripture as our primary resource. We fail to handle the text directly. We become dependent. When we use popular books to focus our groups and conversations, we do not have the opportunity to watch mentors personally struggle with the biblical text, we are not involved in the process, and we do not observe all the steps necessary to maintain a healthy relationship with God. But of greatest concern is that we do not learn how to use the Bible as part of our own personal spiritual diet.

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    The complete article with a description of the "Message and Meaning Model" can be accessed and downloaded at: Message and Meaning Model of Group Bible Study

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