”For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love and virtue .”  2 Peter 1:5-7

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Knowledge is defined as (i) expertise, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject, (ii) what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information or (iii) awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.

When the Holy Spirit, speaking through Peter, directs us to get knowledge, it seems to me that He was encouraging us to seek to know Him better.  We know Him through our own personal experiences with him, but we know Him best by studying the Bible, God’s own words to us.

I want to encourage you to spend some time in the Word, and to that end, I’m starting a new series based on R.C. Sproul’s book, Knowing Scripture.  This book helped me to look at the Bible from a different perspective and opened the door to fruitful Bible study.

My aim is to keep these daily missives short & to the point.  If you spend too much time reading about reading about the word, you’ll have less time to actually read it.  That said, here is what I would suggest to you.

To gain knowledge in the Word, we must be diligent in our study (that is, work carefully), we must set aside time to do our study, and we need tools to help us unlock the word.  Most of all, we need the Holy Spirit to fill our minds and help us understand, apply and live it.  Tomorrow we will begin the process.