Bible Study



The Bible is meant to be read, understood and used.

Frankly I am baffled by Christians who don’t bother to read their Bible. 

How can anyone expect to know God, grow and be fruitful if you ignore what God has to say to them?!

Excuses about not understanding the Bible are shallow at best. Of course there will be some things that you will not understand clearly, but the bulk of God’s Word is approachable for anyone who is interested and has the Holy Spirit in them – which is every true Christian. 

I began reading the Bible regularly during grade school. I don’t remember having any feelings of frustration due to the Bible being obtuse.

As parents we should read the Bible with our children so that they will value God’s Word and develop their own habit of reading it. If your children can handle text books in school, they can handle the Bible.

The Bible is meant to be studied.

There is wonderful depth to the Bible that is not meant to keep us at a distance, it is meant to excitedly draw us in.

Not everyone is as comfortable with studying of any kind, but studying the Bible is by far the most profitable place to apply our mind.

Bible study can be basic and it can become quite involved, but it is all profitable. 

The resources available to help us study are virtually endless, but obviously they come in different levels of practicability and credibility. 

Pastors spend a lot of time studying God’s Word (if they are fulfilling their calling), so they are typically excited to help church members who want guidance in how to study the Bible. 

The Knowable Word website may be helpful to you. It presents what it calls the OIA approach, which simply means:

Observation – what does it say?

Interpretation – what does it mean?

Application – how do I need to change?

None of these steps are hard, if fact we Observe, Interpret and Apply information every day.

The point is to do something. And if you have never faithfully read the Bible, then that is the essential, wonderful and blessed step you need to take.

If you are interested in going further, then ask for help. You can start by poking around the Knowable Word website or reading their article on why you smart enough to study God’s Word.


My name is Jacque Zarrillo

When I was asked me to give a testimony about Bible reading for our women’s retreat, I immediately said yes. And when it came to writing down what I would say – well, let’s just say this is my fourth version.

I have been reading the Bible regularly, a little of the Old Testament and a little of the New Testament every day for years and when I get to the end, I start over.

When ladies’ Bible study was starting back up in September 2013, and I found out we would be studying the Book of Luke, that’s where I was in my personal Bible study, so I decided to read over the same small part of Scripture for the week leading up to when Susan would teach from that part on Thursday morning, before I would move on.

What started happening is Jesus started jumping off the pages in a three dimensional way. I was getting to know him more intimately than ever before.

I began to see myself as one of the disciples following him around and started to believe nothing will be impossible with God.

This slowed-down, intensified Bible reading started informing and transforming my prayer life. I would find myself praying, “I am your servant, Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” Or when Jesus taught about forgiving your brother seven times in the day and the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” I found myself crying out for increased faith also.

I began to identify with the woman of questionable character, realizing I had many sins that are forgiven. The more I see how much I have been forgiven, the more I am filled with love and gratitude and worship for the One who has paid the price for that forgiveness, causing me all the more to want to be living before Him, and spending time with Him.

And then I come to where, “An argument arose among them (the disciples) as to which of them was the greatest.” And this, just after Jesus tells them, the ones who are following Him, that, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” And I think to myself, Unbelievable! How could they argue about such a thing? That Wouldn’t Be Me! So I wonder why this little story is included.

Then I see a similar scenario take place again, only this time at the last supper Jesus ate with His disciples. He finishes telling them He is betrayed by one of the 12 and He is going to suffer as it has been determined, and once again the Bible includes, “A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.”

Then I start thinking about how Jesus tells us, “let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” And then He says He is among them as one who serves.

But in my heart, I keep going back to the argument and the dispute about who is the greatest. Well, Jesus is addressing me and the attitudes of my heart here, and I sooo didn’t want it to be, but it’s true. As a follower of Jesus, I would have been right in the middle of the argument and dispute.
What that looks like for me today, is me comparing myself to others, thinking, I can’t believe she did that! I would never do such a thing. Or, I can’t believe they said that and they’ve been a Christian how long? I am so thankful the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

So as the Holy Spirit uses the Word of Christ to convict me, I can rely on my Savior Jesus to cleanse me from All unrighteousness, knowing that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion, and so by the Spirit, putting to death the deeds of the flesh, having full confidence that we are being conformed to the image of Christ. Not covering up sin, but confessing it and repenting of it and thereby not being a slave to it any longer.

So let’s cry out to the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit to be mastered by the Word of Christ!


Sermon on the MT

I love preaching to our church family at Greentree, because you love to hear God’s Word!

This is pleasing to healthy for you – pleasing to God – and a gift to your pastors

One expression of your love for Scripture, has been an interest in further study –particularly concerning our new sermon series from the Sermon on the Mount, “Living for Christ’s Kingdom”.

There is an avalanche of material available on this part of the Bible. Here are some recommended resources that are helpful for the general reader:

The Whole Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount  by Sinclair Ferguson
Sermon on the Mount  by James Boice
Sermon on the Mount  by Kent Hughes
The Sermon on the Mount: The Character of a Disciple  by Daniel Doriani
The Message of the Sermon on the Mount  by John Stott

Parts of the Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes for Today  by John Blanchard
The Beatitudes: Developing Spiritual Character  by John Stott
The Beatitudes  by Thomas Watson   A Puritan writer

The Lord’s Prayer

The Prayer of Our Lord  by Philip Ryken
The Lord’s Prayer for Today  by Derek Prime
Praying the Lord’s Prayer  by J.I. Packer
The Lord’s Prayer  by Thomas Watson   A Puritan writer

Most of these are not carried in the bookstore of Greentree Church, but you can find them at Amazon or you can search on one of these online Christian book stores:

Cumberland Bible Book Service  My favorite book store, located in Carlisle, PA
Westminster Book Store
Christian Book Distributers