What Do You Want in a Devotional Bible Study?

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God’s Word is always relevant and useful. Bible Devotional, anyone?

A couple of years ago, I was talking with someone about my blog site. He is a brother in Christ and I thought the guy would appreciate the stories on my blog site.  He politely declined.

As a blogger, I am very interested in what my readers want to read.  I asked the gentleman and he says his interests is in theology related blog posts.   A couple of days ago, the young man’s comment float back into remembrance.

For the past few months, I have been following Nicky Gumbel’s Bible In One Year reading plan and I love it.  The devotional consists of a teaching that is practical and it centers on a daily set of Scripture. Would you be interested in such a blog post?

The other day, a question came to mind. Why don’t I do a bible devotional similar to Nicky Gumbel? It is not outside the realm of possibilities for me.  Why did I mention the young man in the introduction?  As a blog writer, my job requires that I write things that are of value to the readers.  At the same time, my goal is to please God, not man.

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1 Cor. 8:1-2 Knowledge puffs up, but Love builds up

It would easy to plop down a set of Scripture and act like a showboat. I have access to something called Logos Scholar’s Library and put on a show. However, there is one problem and I love how 1 Cor 8:2 puts it.

The one who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.”  

In layman’s term, no one likes a know-it-all; as they care more about impressing people than actually helping people.  How about an illustration and it doesn’t require Scripture and it is still very true.

Years ago, I was involved in a fantasy role-playing group.  In my group, there were two men that knew all the rules about the game and they had detailed knowledge of the many creatures that we’d encounter. Wait for it!

One guy used his impressive knowledge to benefit himself and I rarely recall the young man helping anyone else. It was all about his pride. For us, he was a rules lawyer and a bad one.  In church, we’d call this guy, a legalist or a Pharisee. In contrast, the other guy used his knowledge to help other people. I was one of them.

How do you suppose my friend knew my needs? It’s called communication; although he could easily see the need and responded. I appreciated it.  You can bet that he did not act like a know-it-all. Nicky Gumbel takes a similar approach when he shares his insights into the Word of God.

Why did I choose a photo with 2 Timothy 3:16?  How does this relate to what I’ve already written?  My goal has never been about impressing you, the reader.  Rather, it is to share insights that would help you in overcoming different adversities.  I firmly believe that the Word of God is able to help in so many ways. It’s why I’ll reference the Scripture when it’s appropriate.

Contrary to popular myth, I don’t live inside a church bubble and talk in King James style English. The same thing is probably true of many of you. By the way, Nicky Gumbel is a citizen of England. Guess what language he does not speak? The gentleman speaks in plain English and there is not a hint of King James.

As a writer, I have to think of the reader’s perceived need and I need to communicate in an appropriate fashion. You could compare the Word of God to a toolbox contains a variety of tools.  A heavy hammer has its place; however, there is a time and a place for it. Sometimes, I may need the gentle touch of a woman’s hammer or a completely different tool.

There is more to a good devotional than a Scripture verse and a brief story. A good story needs to be relevant to where the reader is at.  What is the reader searching for?  Google can only go so far in helping in the guessing game. I need to hear from you.  What are you interested in?

For the past couple of months, I have been posting two blog posts, per week. For a regular month, it means a total of 8 articles.  We’re talking a blog post, every Tuesdays, and Fridays.  If you check my site’s menu then you’ll see that I cover a variety of topics.

I could easily set aside one day and devote it to a devotional bible study.  I could take a set of Scriptures and share my understanding of it.  I already gave an illustration of what I’d likely do. I’d take a passage of Scriptures and share my insight. I don’t know if I’ll tack on a prayer.  Would you be interested in something like this?

What of the seven other days? I’ve found that my regular readers want blog posts related to Overcoming Adversities, Parenting, Writing, How To Encourage, Prayer, Volunteering, and something.  How can I be certain of these topics? I recently did a survey and asked my mailing list subscribers, “What topic are you interested in?”

Though a few responded, the response lined up with my site’s stats.  Nevertheless, it’s not a substitute for feedback from the readers.  Please let me know, in the comment section. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day!

Barry Brindisi

Author of "You Are Not A Lesser Human".

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