Not long ago, I read my first Anne Graham Lotz book, and I believe I picked the perfect one to be my first. Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion kept me thinking all the way through and opened my eyes to things I hadn’t thought of. The appendices were even better than the main context, and I have each of them bookmarked for future reference.
One of the things I loved was her method of Bible study. In the appendix, Anne gives an example of what she does and the questions she asks herself to prompt a deeper understanding.
Here’s the thing: I didn’t exactly grow up in church. I was raised by non-church-attending Christian parents, and my mother taught me how to study the Word. Mom’s method is very much like Kay Arthur’s Precept approach, and it’s been my method of learning since I was a kid. I’d grab my Bible, the Strong’s Concordance, with its Hebrew and Greek dictionaries in the back, and a trusted Bible encyclopedia, and go off on my merry way to find God’s truths. Basically, I study the same way now that I did when I was thirteen or so. The biggest difference is that the topics are deeper.
It’s an effective way to study, but I found I like Anne’s way too.
When I’m just reading the Bible, I read a chapter or even five chapters at a time, but Anne showed me a another way, a slower way: A paragraph at a time. A segment at a time. Giving time to mull things over and let the Holy Spirit reveal things to me. It’s a Spirit-led study that I’ve never experienced before and it has added an amazing new depth.
Since Anne’s illustration was from the Gospel of John, I decided to start there too. It took me almost a week to finish the first five verses. And I’m amazed at the direction the Spirit took me with these few familiar verses. And the wonderful discoveries didn’t stop afterward. I’m still learning, still making connections I hadn’t seen before. Still being amazed by the Spirit’s active teaching method.
In his Life Principles to Live By CD collection, Charles Stanley taught that the Spirit talks to us. Anne Lotz reiterates this. We can have actual communication with God. I know it to be true. He has spoken to me several times before, but never like this. It’s exciting!
I’m sure many of you are wondering how someone my age could go through my entire life as a Christian and not already know this. But some of you are in the same boat I was in before—studying and learning, but not getting the fullness of the Scripture quite as well as what I’ve learned to do now.
So I invite you to study the Gospel of John with me. Some lessons are short; some are a bit longer. But all are intended to bless. Just click here for Day 1 . . .