Dig Deeper: Tools to Unearth the Bible's Treasure
'Correctly handle the word of truth,' says 2 Timothy 2: 15. Using these 'tools' will enable you to get to the bottom of many Bible passages and help you to discover their true meaning This is a toolbox. Sorry...
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'Correctly handle the word of truth,' says 2 Timothy 2: 15. Using these 'tools' will enable you to get to the bottom of many Bible passages and help you to discover their true meaning
This is a toolbox. Sorry if this conjures up painful memories of failed DIY projects, hours spent waiting for the emergency services on the hard shoulder of the motorway, or rusty, forgotten implements decked with cobwebs at the back of your garden shed.
But there are no spanners or trowels here. These tools are rather a means of getting to the bottom of any Bible passage and discovering its true meaning.
Listening to God speak to us through the Bible is like picking up a telephone and hearing your Creator at the other end of the line. It should be exciting, life-changing even. But sometimes it seems more like a long-distance call, with static on the line, and it's hard to make out what our Father is saying. Maybe our own interpretation is such guesswork that we're in danger of putting words into God's mouth.
The passionate aim of this book is that it should help you to 'correctly handle the word of truth' (2 Timothy 2:15) so that you will experience God's clear guidance in your life, come to know him better and grow to love him more. Our prayer is that your Bible reading will never be the same again.
When it comes to reading and understanding the Bible, a dangerous phrase is used by non-Christians and even some believers: Well, that's your interpretation. It is true that without some care in your interpretation, you can make the Bible say almost anything. Dig Deeper is written out of the conviction that there is a right way to understand the Bible and a wrong way, and the authors show us how to read it correctly. Dig Deeper offers sixteen tools readers can use to get to the bottom of any Bible passage and discover its intended meaning. Examples show how each tool helps readers discover something exciting and relevant in a passage, and the Dig deeper exercises offer the opportunity to practice using the tools. The book's brevity and easy-to-read format make it ideal for Christians who want to get the most out of their Bible.
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Andrew Sach studied theology at Oak Hill and is now on the staff of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate, in central London. He has a PhD from York University.
Nigel Beynon is the husband of Elisa and father of Jacob and Greta. He is a former student minister of St Helen's, Bishopsgate, in central London and is now Organiser of New Word Alive. He is Dig Deeper: Tools to unearth the Bible's treasure.