Parents raising children for the Kingdom of God constantly look for ways to get them into the Bible. Any Age Bible Study does just that. Instead of trying to keep them interested, it puts boys and girls in touch with Jesus and His Spirit to get a firsthand thrill from God’s Word. Whether you are searching for a curriculum for home school, urge your sons or daughters to develop a regular personal time with the LORD, or want the kids to share the Bible with their friends – nothing does it better than Any Age Bible Study. So, instead of watering down studies, hoping the kids will acquire a more advanced approach later, introduce them to a way of study for life. What works for them during childhood keeps pace with them as they mature, improving with time.
Family Bible Study usually ends up with adults trying to keep children interested in a project team they can’t understand. Any Age Bible Study remedies that by supplying a simple but effective way to explore scripture that will satisfy any adult as it also equips children to make sense of the most difficult texts. Unified by using the same skills, Any Age Bible Study also unites the generations in your home around a team experience in God’s Word. As it researches and discovers truths, together, solves everyday problems as a single unit, and even settles major disputes as a group, the whole family joins forces and overcomes the differences that rip other families apart.. Establishing God’s Word at the center of the home, it will also make scripture a way of life for all.
Healthy marriages form a triangle between God and the couple. What better way to begin the bonding process than to share study in the Word of God who joins and holds the couple together. Synchronized by its inspired thoughts, they will both become more like the Jesus they share. The nearer they get to Him, the stronger His hold on them and the closer they will be to each other. Continued study will both make their relationship last as well as improve. No wonder so many couples subscribe to the Any Age Bible Study process. Not only will it work for them, but should they decide to expand their union later into a family, they can continue to study the same way, using their experience to help children master Any Age Bible Study skills, faster and more efficiently.
Everyday life creates numerous opportunities for people to band together around the Bible. Fellow believers at work, church, or play often form Bible study clubs to offer each other much needed support in an increasingly hostile world. They enjoy meeting and studying together, regularly and frequently. Despite their common interest, however, groups tend to get bogged down over disagreements regarding Bible translations, impressions of the text, and baggage they bring to the study. Any Age Bible Study generates Spirit-led investigations of the text that can preempt such quarrels by quickly moving the group to a friendly consensus on such subjects. And instead of leaving children at home with an expensive babysitter, they can bring the kids along so they can benefit from the clubs, too.
Dr. Lee and Jolynn Gugliotto left the full-time pastorate to start Empower Ministries in January 2000. Convinced that Bible study and prayer are the lifeblood of any relationship with God, they equip–enable–empower people to connect with God and stay connected until they are ready to meet their King.
A former teacher of biblical languages with decades of pastoral experience, Lee received a prestigious Gold Medallion from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in 1996 for Handbook for Bible Study. Together with his remarkable wife, Jolynn he wages a comprehensive war against anything that would stand in the way of a personal relationship with the Savior.
Countless books and study aids attest to their co-determination to help every believer dig deeply into God’s Word so they can stand on their two scriptural feet. Instead of watered down techniques passed off as Bible study tools by many of today’s churches, they pass on genuine skills to anyone ages 6 and up who wants to communicate directly with God through His Word.
When the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association awarded us a Gold Medallion for Handbook in 1996, we pledged to spend the rest of our lives equipping everyone we could to communicate directly with God through His Word. Based on the biblical teaching in Matthew 23:8-10 that no one substitutes for Christ, we began enabling people to make Christ their Teacher through the Spirit who guides us all “into all truth” (John 16:13). Since then, God has used us to teach thousands of people just like you to explore and understand the Bible for themselves.
The Interacive Bible Study Manual (1997) divided Handbook into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of study. We also developed a companion series of Interactive Study Guides for many Bible books. While this made it easier for some to take advantage of the Handbook, it did nothing for the majority of Christians used to spoon-feeding rather than firsthand study.
- The New Testament applauds the Bereans for personally searching the scriptures daily to see if Paul and Silas were telling them the truth (Acts 17:11).
- Yet, Jesus scolded Jewish leaders for thinking that the Bible confers eternal life on those who study it. True study of the Written Word leads us to the Living Word (Jesus) who alone has eternal life to give (John 5:39, 40).
- On the other hand, a group of Jews once disagreed with Jesus because of sermons they had “heard out of the Law” about Messiah (John 12:32-34) preached by institutionally endorsed teachers backed by 1500 years of tradition! John strongly suggests that those who depend on others to study the Bible for them––like those Jews––may not recognize Christ when He speaks to them.
Bible Study Basics (2000) presents a series of literary exercises to equip people for Simplified Bible Study. We also developed a companion series of Simplified Study Guides for select BIble books. Listening for God’s voice in the text instead of repeating what others tell them, simplified students inductively journey toward truth. Teamed with How to Lead a Home Bible Fellowship with Christ in Charge, they learn to observe what the text says, interpret what it meant, apply its truths to today, and finally, present what they have learned to others. Despite step-by-step instructions and a simpler approach, a groundswell of people clamored for something easier, still. That’s when the LORD gave us QuikStudy.
The QuikStudy Handbook (2005) streamlined the study process. Instead of an entire book at a time, the method favored by most inductive study teachers, QuikStudents deal with a single passage together with the ones before and after it to stay in context. Shaving hours off traditional study, this approach satisfied the needs of more people than ever. Yet, opening the possibility of personal study for additional untrained Christians, QuikStudy also generated calls for a swifter style of study to fit their undisciplined lifestyles. To meet the need, the QuikStudy process accelerated two years later into a speedier version we called, QuikerStudy.
The QuikerStudy Supplement (2007) removed some of QuikStudy’s bells and whistles without compromising accuracy or stripping its potential for in-depth investigation. People soon gravitated to QuikerStudy, drawn by its economy of time and effort. On the lookout for ways to improve the QuikStudy concept, we saw the potential for QuikestStudy when we came across the recently released Expanded Bible with definitions and descriptions embedded in the text [in brackets].
The QuikestStudy Primer (2013) promises to be the fastest, ever route to Bible truth through in-depth, inductive study. Long overdue, we waited until Thomas Nelson publishers released the Old Testament version of the Expanded Bible in 2011 before tackling the QuikestStudy project. Like QuikerStudy, it builds on QuikStudy basics, stripped of anything that might slow down investigation of the text.
Devotional Study (2016) took the QuikStudy trilogy to a new level of simplicity and serves as the starting point for our Any Age Bible Study series that empowers kids, families, couples, and clubs to explore the Bible. Today, we feature it at all our online studies, seminars, and workshops.
THE ANY AGE STUDY PROCESS
Five Simple Steps to the Truth
Jesus wanted families at the core of Christian Bible study, prayer, and worship. So, we have progressively simplified the study process and made it easier than ever to understand God’s Word. By removing grammar without harming its effectiveness, we have developed a way to analyze scripture for the whole family. Children ages 5 and up can join their parents and other adults in the exploration of the Bible. Here are the basic steps to Any Age Bible Study. You may obtain further instruction and practice the process by joining our FREE online study groups or master its details by signing up for classes at our online school. Just click on “What We Offer” for a schedule and particulars.
Hasty judgments have plagued the world since our first parents accused each other of the fall. Besides happening too often in real life, TV, the theater, and Hollywood repeatedly exploit this all-too-common weakness for their programs, plays, and movies. Who can forget Rosemary Clooney jumping to conclusions about Bing Crosby before she learns the truth about him in “White Christmas”?
Though it’s okay to make mistakes, it is virtually unforgivable to jump into any study of God’s Word without first considering all the facts. So, we show all our students how to acquaint themselves with a Bible book’s circumstances or situation that led up to and occurred during its activities–before they start studying any part of it.
STEP ONE: Ask the text Who, What, Where, When, and Why the author wrote the book that contains the passage you want to study, or look up the answers to these 5-W’s in the introduction to the book you want to study in a study Bible.
On September 1, 1983, a South Korean Airlines jet strayed off course into Soviet airspace. Unaware of deviation from the flight plan, all 269 passengers and crew died when a Soviet SU-15 Interceptor shot it down. In a hurry to leave Anchorage before a storm could ground it, its pilots rushed through routine pre-flight checks that would have prevented the tragedy.
While the background put us in touch with the original setting, our study will stray from the intended line of thought if we do not keep in touch with it as we work through the book. So, we show our students how to stay in context, how to consider the surrounding words and circumstances for every part before drawing conclusions from the text.
STEP TWO: Find the Subheading for the passage you want to study in the text of your Study Bible.. Then, find the Subheadings for the passages that come before and after the one you want to study. The one before leads you into and prepares you for the one you want to study, while the one you want to study gets you ready and prepares the way for the one that comes after it. Type out all three passages in order on a sheet of paper. Locate your study passage in the Outline for the book in your Study Bible so you know what all three passages are talking about.
According to npr.org, King Louis XIV liked to show a little leg. “He was known as having gorgeous legs and he wore all kinds of fashion that would show them off,” explains French history expert Joan DeJean . And what better way to show off your legs than heels? Under his knee-length tight pants and silk stockings, Louis wore scarlet red heels.
Nothing like color to make something or someone stand out. Color not only grabs attention, but it also helps to tell one thing from another. Just ask pharmacists who use color to identify and even separate the pills they dispense. So, we show our students how to recognize and mark the main parts of the text with color. Instead of egghead grammar, we tell them to look for links, people, places, things, and the words that empower them to play their part in the text, and then mark each family with its own color.
STEP THREE: without getting into any grammar, mark linking words, red, references to God, purple, godly persons, orange and ungodly persons, pale green, places, dark green, things, medium blue, and empowering words that give Persons, Places, and Things either the power to do something, or the characteristics to play their part, brown.
At a certain convention, an English speaker asked the caller through his interpreter: What state are you in? The caller replied: I am in a great state and shape. The interpreter jumped in, correcting the caller: No, sir the question is about the state that you are in. The caller snapped: I just told you that I am feeling great! Running interference for the English speaker, the interpreter tried to set things straight, again: Sir, the country that you are in right now is called the United States, so in which one of those States are you? The caller finally gushed: Ah, I know what you mean now. Its Chicago!
Interpreters need to bring out the full meaning of the text, or else they may give others a false impression of it. So, we show our students how to take everything they’ve learned into account before they try to explain what the writer, or speaker says. At CuppaJ we like to say that we brew the text verse by verse to bring out its full flavor. We admit that God’s Word is over our heads and we need all the help the Spirit can give us.
STEP FOUR: let the text describe the Persons, Places, and Things in it, and define its Empowering Words. If you need additional help, look them up in a Bible Dictionary. Compare the verses in your passage with ones suggested in the margins of your Study Bible, provided they share the same Persons, Places, and Things, that either undergo similar experiences or perform similar actions. Rewrite each verse based on what you discover.
Renowned 19th century American clergyman once said about the celebrated American theologian, Jonathan Edwards: In the elaborated doctrinal part of Jonathan Edwards’ sermon the great preacher was only getting his guns into position, but that in his applications he opened fire on the enemy.”
To quote R.W. Dale from Preaching, G. Campbell Morgan, p. 89: There are too many of us, I am afraid, who take so much time getting our guns into position that we have to finish without firing a shot. We say that we leave the truth to do its own work. We trust to the hearts and consciences of our hearers to apply it. Depend upon it, gentlemen, this is a great and fatal mistake. So, we show our students how to find the timeless truths in any text and make them come alive, today.
STEP FIVE: Since texts began as timeless precepts or principles, strip them of every Person, Place, or Thing the writers added to make them fit their situation. Replace specifics with generics so verses will apply to anyone, anytime, anyplace. Rewrite the verse in its generic form. As for the lesson in the verse to apply: (1) if it informs, look for an example to follow, or a reason for thanksgiving or praise; (2) if it educates, look for something to learn about God, yourself, or others, or a sin to avoid or confess; (3) if it persuades, look for a command to obey or a promise to claim.