August 25, 2009

Transmitting the Word

John Piper’s pointers for approaching the Bible

  1. Be open to the fact that it is the Word of God.
  2. Revere the Bible when you discover that it’s God’s Word.
  3. Have a sense of conviction that you are a sinner in the view of this Word.
  4. Know that the Bible meets you with forgiveness because Christ is at the center of the book.
  5. Have hope that you can press on in life because the Bible will give you all the guidance you need.


ohn Piper is one of my heroes of the faith. He’s an outstanding communicator of the Word of God and seems to be very genuine in his pastoral ministry—something that is uncommon in today’s world and is probably a primary contributing factor to the apparent success he has had.

The current issue of Bible Study Magazine features a very encouraging interview with John Piper about personal Bible study.

The interview covers such questions as:

  • How do you keep from growing indifferent to the Bible when you’re so familiar with the Bible?
  • How do you approach the Bible?
  • How can we make time for the Bible?
  • How do you memorize Scripture?
  • Is the Bible easier for you to understand than for other people?
  • What would you say to someone who hasn’t read their Bible in a long time?

Read the John Piper interview here (in PDF format).

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