I want to spend just a brief moment to share with you the importance of building a proper Bible Research Library. Scripture is quite clear when it comes to the responsibility of the believer to accurately dissect the Word God.
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
This is a directive to be sure of what you interpret as a student of the Word, especially those of us who consistently share the Word with others. It is extremely important that we are disseminating the truth of God’s Word unadulterated.
Some of us have had the privilege of obtaining a formal academic education in the way of Systematic Theology, Textual Criticism, Covenantal Theology, and a number of other disciplines that have equipped us to engage the Word of God through a different spiritual and intellectual lens. Although this is truly a blessing in itself, not everyone will take the path of a formal education in theology, yet we are all called to rightly divide, dissect, anatomize, and analyze doctrine in a manner to which it remains pure and unadulterated.
How can those who choose to bypass a formal education approach this challenge? First, and foremost, by believing in the revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, by taking advantage of the wealth of extra-biblical resources that are at your disposal. Every serious Bible student should build a library filled with study resources to aid in the matter of exegesis, contextual analysis, historical reference, and cultural influence, just to name a few. All of these variables have an influence on the interpretation of scripture.
This may, at first seem like at daunting task, but by simply taking one step at a time you can build an extremely powerful and effective Bible research library of your own. The era of digital technology has not only made this more simple, but quite a bit more affordable.
I can truly attest to the immense and expensive endeavor of building a bible research library. I have a total of 20 physical study bibles and an additional one hundred plus on software for my laptop and other smart devices. To give you an indication of the potential cost, I have six Bibles alone that cost over $100.00. I am not bragging here, but simply painting a picture that will eventually express and reveal a great blessing. I am going somewhere with this; you know how we ministers are.
Building an adequate Bible research library can easily run into the thousands of dollars, but considering the wealth of information it presents to prepare you for your responsibility in equipping the saints or just increasing your knowledge and understanding of the magnanimous gift that God has bequeathed to us in the Bible, makes any bible research library truly invaluable.
As you know I have been teaching the importance of renewing your mind for the sake of transformation and elevation. Paul also revealed the value of scripture to Timothy, his son in the ministry.
16Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
17So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, AMP)
You can see here the massive importance of scripture in this passage. When the scripture is engaged with discipline and diligence it equips the student with all that is needed to live this Christian life. Even the very foundation of our Christian existence (faith) is seeded in the Word.
17So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself). (Rom. 10:17, HCSB)
Whether you are wrestling with the concept of justification and sanctification, or struggling with the doctrine of the Trinitarian existence of the Godhead, an adequately developed Bible research library will bring lucidity and confidence to your Bible Study endeavors.
As I mentioned earlier, time and technology have made the assembling of a solid and effective Bible Research Library much simpler and a lot less expense. There are many starter sets that are created to provide the foundation on which your entire life’s library can be built. These starter sets can run the gamut in price range, but there is no need to become alarmed. With the right amount of research into the matter you will be surprised at some of the great values you will encounter.
Remember, we are talking about one of the most important life investments you will ever make, bar none. Through researching material for my ministry website I stumbled upon one of the most awesome finds in a long time. Only If I could have discovered this 20 years ago; before I begin building my research library, it would have saved me loads of money and time. I found an entire 20 volume set or resources, with over 14,000 pages of valuable information to aid the serious student of the Word; everything from Nave’s Topical Bible and Easton’s Bible Dictionary to The History of the Church, Volumes 1-8. Get this; all for less than the price of one movie ticket. This blew my mind.
It is needless to say that this beautiful set will be offered on my ministry website with great pomp and circumstance. Anyone that has approached the study of God’s Word with the true intent of adequately and accurately dissecting it will testify to the immensity in value this set of resources will provide. This is a digital product which means that if you have a laptop, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, EVO, Galaxy, or any other kind of smart device, you can carry this information with you wherever you go. You can, of course download it to your desktop as well. With the emergence of the Cloud and other online servers, you can now save this and pull it up on devices on which it is not even downloaded.
This is one of the greatest values that I have ever stumbled upon, and I had to share with you. May you be blessed in your studies, and may your studies thoroughly equip you for every good work.