“First I read primarily to allow God to speak to me personally. As I read it I ask for a ‘light on myself.’ An old English writer once said that we need to let the Bible accuse us. The King James Version has a lot of direct language. Next I read it from the point of having a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. John 17:3 says ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.’ Then I study it carefully. The Bible is more precious than gold or silver and I study it scripture to scripture. Once you start to align the Scriptures together, you see more truth than just one passage.”

SermonIndex is now a full-time occupation for Gordon, who says it can sometimes be run on as little as $100 a month. “God can use little to accomplish much. I don’t have to build a big ministry. The apostles accomplished much with very little.” Gordon wishes to instill more genuine emotion in today’s Bible study. “We have all the tools, but where’s the necessary passion? I think that comes from prayer and revival. I believe both will lead to more Bible-studying, Bible-centric people.”

For Gordon, Bible study is integral to revival, and seasoned theologians can guide us to a better understanding of its role in loving and obeying God’s Word.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Logos Bible Software. Each issue of Bible Study Magazine provides tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from people like John Piper, Beth Moore, Mark Driscoll, Kay Arthur, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Barry Black, and more. More information is available at http://www.biblestudymagazine.com. Originally published in print: Copyright Bible Study Magazine (July–Aug 2009): pgs. 18–19.

Publication date: July 14, 2011