John Brand has started a new series of blog postings over at A Steward of the Secret Things called The 222 Principle. In his second posting he shares some advice from Geoffrey Grogan to new preachers. They are a helpful reminder to all who preach, but it struck me that in many ways his advice is no different from what all Christians should practice in their reading of the Bible.
Knowledge of the contents is a vital foundation step to understanding the Bible. Prayerful application to one’s own life is for all. And while analysis may seem more relevant to preachers, it is a useful way for every Christian to achieve a sound understanding of the Bible’s message.
The preacher will take what he has learned via these steps and communicate it to others. But these three steps are essentially what every Christian should undertake in their personal Bible study.