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Posted on August 12, 2010

If you have read much of this blog you may have noticed that I encourage people to do Bible study. Not just Bible study but independent study. That means that you start with the Bible and a blank sheet of paper (or in my case computer screen). The book and workbook (Your Walk, their walk) I wrote was aimed at encouraging men to not only engage in this but to lead in equipping their families to do the same.


There are a number of reasons why this is important. Hebrews 5:13, 14 gives us the main point. If we are going to mature, be effective as a believer, we have to graduate from baby food, milk or pabulum, to real food, meat.


Both milk and pabulum are predigested food. While that is necessary for babies, a steady diet of milk and pabulum will not sustain the growth needed for a person to mature and be effective in society. Much of what most believers today are exposed to falls into the category of milk and pabulum. Any message to which one listen’s is predigested; a Bible study in the form of a book that is written by another who has studied is also predigested; a Bible study that asks questions to which one responds by filling in the blank is also predigested, in that the person who developed the study is leading the one responding to the questions through a predetermined thought process. While all of these studies are helpful and necessary, they are, by definition, introductory or milk and pabulum.


The old proverb, “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand,” sums up the point well. Things that we attempt on our own, become our own. The process of struggling to learn something, do something new, is as, if not more important than the end result. If you struggle with understanding a passage of Scripture, and come to an understanding of what is being shared there by the Holy Spirit through the author, that insight is yours. It is burned deep into you. You know why and how you came to that conclusion. However, if someone just tells you what the passage says, it will not have the same impact.


There are a number of reasons for this. One important one is that you are engaging your mind at a deeper level. We sometimes seem to diminish the importance of thinking in the Christian community. But as we examined yesterday we are to love the Lord with all of our minds.


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