Thursday, November 5, 2009

FREE NEW JERSEY SEMINAR: How to Study the Bible

Pastor Andy Deane will teach attendees 10 different Bible study methods during this one day seminar. Come and learn how to study the Bible personally with such a variety of methods that keep you excited about studying the Scriptures. Avoid the rut that routine can sometimes bring by learning new ways to study the Bible.

WHEN: Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 2:30pm.

Session 1 - 9:00am -10:30am
15 minute break
Session 2 - 10:45am - 12:15pm
Lunch - 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Session 3 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

WHERE:
Calvary Chapel Montclair
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

REGISTER:
Please call (973) 783-6001 or email office@calvarymontclair.org to pre-register. Arrive at 8:45am to register in person. Visit http://www.calvarymontclair.org for directions to the church.

COST: Free

ABOUT PASTOR ANDY:
Pastor Andy is an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge and recently authored a new book titled LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE that teaches readers 40 different Bible study methods. Visit http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com to learn more.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

An Interview with Author Andy Deane by Apex Reviews

Official Apex Reviews Interview: Andy Deane (Learn To Study The Bible)

Andy, thanks for joining us for this interview. We're looking forward to learning more about your book and other efforts.
Was there a specific event or experience that inspired you to put this helpful guide together?
This project came about after what I thought was going to be a fairly simple task of teaching a group of junior high students a few basic inductive Bible study principles that would help them to dig into the Word on a daily basis. The class wasn't forced upon them; they wanted to learn how to study the Bible for themselves. So, I agreed to share some of what I have learned about studying the Scriptures with them. I even threw in some clever (or at least I thought so) illustrations and examples that teenage minds could relate to, in an attempt to make the class fun and memorable. But to my surprise, after forty minutes they were actually worse off then when we began; all I had to show for my effort was a room full of frustrated and confused teenagers.

The collective look of bewilderment on their faces was one of the scariest moments I've ever had as a youth pastor. However, the worst part of all was that I accomplished the exact opposite of what I had set out to do: instead of getting them excited about studying the Bible, they left feeling as though it was totally out of their reach.
What a disaster! I quickly realized that the biggest mistakes I made were:
1) Trying to teach them a method of Bible study that was too complicated for them to grasp.
2) Presenting it to them as if it was the only way to study Scripture.
I was determined to right this wrong, but first I needed to do a little research. So, I began to look for the perfect Bible study method - one that would open their young minds to the greatness of the Bible.
A personal quest began to grow out of my utter failure. Every day I searched for new study methods that would unlock God's Word. I read over thirty books (many out of print) and visited countless websites looking for the best Bible study methods. None of the ones I found were perfect, but many of them had interesting points of view and seemed like they would be fun to try. So I did. That is when I began to realize that I was onto something more than I anticipated at the start. My search resulted in not one, but numerous inspiring and challenging Bible study methods suitable for any Christian, young or old, who desires to draw nearer to the Lord through studying His Word.
In the end, I had compiled a list of forty different step-by-step Bible study methods. I tested each of them myself, improving upon some in order to make them a little more efficient and to the point. As I was doing the work, a desire to share my discoveries with others began growing in my heart. I wished that everyone could read the books and websites for themselves, but I knew that wasn't very realistic. So I did the next best thing. I decided to bring it all together in this one book, Learn to Study the Bible: Forty Different Step-by-Step Approaches to Help You Discover, Apply, and Enjoy God's Word.
Why did you ultimately decide upon the number 40 for the amount of methods that you include?
Honestly, I only really had 39 Bible study methods when I decided to put this research into book form. But that number just seemed way too close to 40. So I asked the Lord for wisdom in adding another method. I didn’t want it to be a weak method that was too similar to the other ones. Eventually, about 1 month before completion of the book, the Lord gave me the idea for the Skeptics Method based on an article I read in Bible study magazine about something Mark Driscoll does in his church. That method ended up being one of my favorites!

If there were only one piece of advice that you could give to someone who wants to study the Bible but dreads the thought of doing so, what would it be?

Read to meet with Jesus. One of the main reasons why we study the Bible is to get to know the Author better. That is why setting a goal for our Bible study that focuses solely on gaining knowledge and facts, misses the point. Look for clues in the text that reveal God’s attributes and meditate upon what you are learning about Him in His Word. When we study the Bible with the understanding that it is God’s love letter to us, it will help us to get to know Him more intimately. The Scriptures lead us directly into God’s heart, so missing Him in all our studying would be a failure to grasp the most
important lesson. By seeking to know the Lord better through our study of His Word we will begin to cherish that time and long for more of it each day because it is the place where we get to meet with Jesus. Best of all, when the day finally comes and we stand before Him face-to-face, we will not be doing it as strangers.

Christ is the key to understanding the Scriptures (John 5:39-40). One exciting discovery you make as you study the whole Bible is finding that Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of each of the Bible’s sixty-six books. He is in everything: the law, the prophets, and the psalms (Luke 24:25-27). So when we see a priest in Scripture, it reminds us that Jesus is our High Priest. When we see a king or a shepherd, it is a type of Jesus, our Chief Shepherd. When we see a sacrifice, we remember Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Everything in the Old Testament foreshadows, and points to, Jesus. Everything in the New Testament reflects back on the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Search diligently for Jesus in every passage—He is there!

How have readers responded to the book thus far?

Everyone seems very excited about the variety that this book has to offer. You can read the reader reviews at http://www.learntostudythebible.com/bible-study/book-reviews.asp.

Do you plan to visit churches and other organizations in the future in order to share more about the book with their members?

Yes, I’m sharing seminars on “How to Have Daily Devotions” as well as teaching classes on “How to Study the Bible”.

Please share more with us about your publisher, Xulon Press.
Xulon Press is a Christian publisher that is owned by Salem Communications. They were very helpful.

In addition to being an author, you're also a youth pastor. Please share more with our readers about your efforts in that field.
Being a youth pastor is my first love in ministry. I love discipling students and teaching them the core principles of God’s word. I want to make youth group fun for them. The Bible shouldn’t be boring and we try and impart an excitement for reading the Bible at our youth group. We take the students on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic each year, as well as retreats, road trips, and other events. My favorite event of 2009 was the “New Testament Challenge Week”. We had 20 students read the entire New Testament in one week together as a group. I was so proud of them!

Where can our readers learn more about you and your ongoing efforts?
Readers can visit http://www.AndyDeane.com or follow my on twitter @AndyDeane. We have a book facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LearnToStudyTheBible/.

Also, how can they contact you directly?
Readers can call (888)271-2551 and more contact information is at the book’s official website: http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com.

Any final thoughts you'd like to share with our readers?
It’s worth it to get into God’s word daily! Studying the Bible is a spiritual discipline that requires both time and effort. In the physical world, everyone knows that it takes more energy to digest meat than milk. The same can also be said of the spiritual world. Assimilating the "meat" of Scripture requires more effort than sipping on the "milk" of the Word. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that because it is a spiritual pursuit it should not be labor intensive. However, with little perspiration you will fi nd little inspiration. So, yes, Bible study is work, but the riches that you will discover as you dig into the Bible will be well worth the time and energy you devote.

A.B. Simpson wrote, "God has hidden every precious thing in such a way that it is a reward to the diligent, a prize to the earnest, but a disappointment to the slothful soul. All nature is arrayed against the lounger and the idler. The nut is hidden in its thorny case; the pearl is buried beneath the ocean waves; the gold is imprisoned in the rocky bosom of the mountains; the gem is found only after you crush the rock which encloses it; the very soil gives its harvest as a reward to the laboring farmer. So truth and God must be earnestly sought."

Friday, October 9, 2009

Midwest Book Review

The greatest religious thinkers didn't just distill what their preacher told them. They did their homework. "Learn to Study the Bible: 40 Different Step-by-Step Methods to Help You Discover, Apply, and Enjoy God's Word" (ISBN 9781607915768) is a guide for the thinking Christian who wants to enhance their faith through greater understanding of the work by studying the Bible themselves. Offering many methods to gain a better understanding of the scripture and how to apply it in life, "Learn to Study the Bible" is a must for any Christian who wants to be informed and armed with the knowledge of God's word.

See the review at http://tinyurl.com/yls89hs

Friday, September 18, 2009

Radio Interview with Pastor Andy Deane on BRIDGE FM Christian Radio Station

Station manager Brian Recton of The Bridge FM (www.bridgefm.org) interviews Andy Deane regarding his new book that teaches 40 Bible study methods: LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE (ISBN 9781607915768). Listen to Pastor Andy's heart for studying the Scriptures and learn some tips on how to have great daily devotions with God each day. This interview was originally aired on the radio on September 21, 2009.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ONLINE NOW:
http://www.learntostudythebible.com/bible-study/andy-deane-radio-interview.asp

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book Review by Bible Study Magazine (Logos Bible Software)

Bible Study Magazine is the most helpful magazine that I receive. It has tons of great articles on how to study the Scriptures. If you haven't checked it out you really need to soon. I was just told that my new book will be reviewed in the Nov-Dec 2009 issue of this magazine. Be sure to look for it in the magazine. An advance copy of the review can be read below as well.

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Learn to Study the Bible: 40 Different Step-by-Step Methods to Help You Discover, Apply, and Enjoy God’s Word
Xulon Press, 2009

Even for the most avid Bible reader, studying the Book can become dry and repetitive. That’s why Pastor Andy Deane wrote Learn to Study the Bible—a guide that offers 40 Bible study methods—more than any book of its kind.

Deane presents an image of the Bible as a treasure trove for the reader’s keeping. The book has seven sections, beginning with a segment discussing the importance of observation, interpretation, and application—a method developed by Robert A. Traina and furthered by Precept Ministries—for effective study of Scripture. The chapters in each section provide Bible study methods appropriate to particular groups (e.g., teenagers, new Christians, longtime Christians). A handwritten example of each method accompanies its description.

One of the concluding chapters suggests building a reference library, including a concordance and Bible dictionary. It also offers guidance about how to use them for more meaningful Bible study. Deane advises that people use more than one method when studying the Bible—to maintain joy and satisfaction. Deane’s work is ideal for anyone interested in deepening his or her daily devotions. Read more at http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com

REVIEWED BY HEATHER BROOKS

COPYRIGHT BIBLE STUDY MAGAZINE (NOV–DEC 2009). http://www.BibleStudyMagazine.com

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Endorsements for LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE

I've received a few new endorsements for my Bible study book that teaches you 40 Bible study methods. I wanted to share them with you since they are not in the 1st printing of the book (but they will be in the 2nd printing). Here they are:

PASTOR BOB COY
Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

"Certain things in the Christian life are non-negotiable, and studying the Bible is one of them. Every believer, regardless of the spiritual season they’re in, must have a regular routine that gets them engaged in God’s Word. But while the “must” to study is universal, the “method” isn’t. What works well for some doesn’t work at all for others. We’ve been wired differently and learn in different ways, which is why this is such a relevant and important book. With 40 different methods of studying the Bible, there’s something here for everyone. No matter who you are or how you’re wired to learn, you’re going to find a key in these pages that will unlock the riches of God’s Word in your life."

DR. MICHAEL CATT
Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church / Sherwood Pictures (FIREPROOF MOVIE)

"Learn to Study Your Bible is an affordable and practical book for those who want to dig deeper and get more out of their personal Bible study."

PASTOR BRIAN BRODERSON
Associate Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

"Anything that will help Christian people get more into the word and more out of the word is bound to be a great blessing. This book will do just that. Andy has done a fantastic job of laying out numerous options for Bible Study. I'm sure there's a method here that will be helpful for most everyone who is serious about growing in the Lord through his word."

View all the endorsements at http://www.learntostudythebible.com/bible-study/endorsements.asp

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Get Your Free Gift Within 1 Week For Reviewing The Book

For those of you that have purchased and read LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE you can receive a free gift by leaving your review of the book. You'll get THE DAILY DEVOTIONS NOTEPAD or the MEMORY VERSE POST-IT-NOTE PAD. It's your choice. You'll receive it in the mail within 1 week or posting your review. This isn't a contest. Everyone is guaranteed your gift if you leave a review.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE GIFT: http://www.learntostudythebible.com/bible-study/reward-for-honest-reviews.asp

Thanks for helping to recommend this new book.

God Bless,
Andy Deane

Friday, June 5, 2009

Free Book Giveaway Contest

Enter to win a free signed copy of LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE by Pastor Andy Deane. Anyone can enter, even if you already have bought a copy of the book yourself.

Visit http://www.learntostudythebible.com/bible-study/christian-book-giveaway.asp to enter the contest.

How Is The Winner Chosen?
The names of those who enter will be printed, placed into a basket, and the winner will be chosen randomly. We will announce the winner on July 1st on the Facebook Fanpage for the book. The book will be mailed to the winner on the following day. Thanks for entering this contest and for helping us spread the word about this new Bible study resource! Let your friends know about the free book giveaway on your TWITTER.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cool Bible Study Quotes

THE BIBLE IS: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Read it!)

"The Bible is the inerrant Word of God. Its sixty six books are not a collection of religious writings, advancing certain theories, but they constitute one body, breathing with life and power. From the first verse in Genesis to the last verse in Revelation there is a wonderful continuity of thought, without any clash of opinion; all is a harmonious whole. This fact necessitates one great Author, One who guided the thoughts of each writer and who is instructed them to write as they did. This guiding and supervising Author is the Spirit of God... 2Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21" - Arno C. Gaebelein

"Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America’s basic text book in all fields. God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct." - Noah Webster (1758-1843) -- The Schoolmaster of the Nation.

"The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts." - John Jay (1st Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)

"We have staked the future of American civilization upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." - President James Madison

"The great reservoir of the power that belongs to God is His own Word – the Bible. If we wish to make it ours, we must go to that Book. Yet people abound in the Church who are praying for power and neglecting the Bible. Men are longing to have power for bearing fruit in their own lives and yet forget that Jesus has said: 'The seed is the Word of God' (Luke 8:11)." - R.A. Torrey

"You are writing a Gospel, a chapter a day, By deeds that you do, by words that you say. Men read what you write, whether faithless or true; Say, what is the Gospel according to you?"

"The Bible: More up-to-date than tomorrow’s newspaper!"

Visit http://www.how-to-study-the-bible.net/ for more.

The Best Bible Study Method

The absolute best method of studying the Bible is simply to read it, prayerfully, every day, paying close attention to obey what it says. Meditate on the Scriptures and don’t stop reading until they have somehow worked their words, message, truth, and revelation of Jesus into the very soul of your being. Nothing extraordinary about that, really, studying the Bible is wonderfully simple. Learn to enjoy God’s Word and to apply its truth quickly and you will always find what you seek—His will for your life!

Learn more at http://www.biblestudymethods.net/

Monday, March 9, 2009

Free Daily Devotions Booklet

This daily devotions notepad guides you in organizing your thoughts as your have your daily devotions with Jesus. Each notepad has 20 pages that has questions to slowly think about to help you remember your daily devotions better. The daily devotion notepads last about four weeks. Try them out and we are sure that you will like using them.

It is designed to be small and easy to travel so you can take your daily devotions with you each day and share your devotional thoughts with your friends at school or at work.

You will learn quickly how these little notepads can help you get more out of the Bible each day in your daily devotions by simply slowing you down a bit. For a limited time we are offering one daily devotions notepad for free! Simply click the link below and enter the coupon code "1freepad" during your checkout.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Why Satan Doesn't Want You To Study The Bible

I’m convinced one of Satan’s most successful schemes against God’s people is in blinding us to the importance and relevance of spending time studying the Scriptures. God’s Word is invaluable. It is a far greater treasure than anything this world has to offer yet many treat it as though it has no worth. Instead of investing time studying the Bible, it is left unopened and gathering dust. Whether it is because of busyness, complacency, or just a lack of awareness, believers miss out on the benefit of growing in their relationship with the Lord when they do not cherish and abide in, His Word.

Satan’s primary objective is to prevent Christians from appropriating all that is rightfully ours as God’s children. He wants us to live spiritually bankrupt and destitute lives and one of the ways in which he goes about accomplishing that is by keeping us from studying God’s Word. It is simple really: If we don’t know who we are or who our God is, then we will miss out on what He wants to do in and through our lives. God has given us a surpassing treasure according to the riches of His glory—we have every spiritual blessing in Christ. But unless we are grounded in biblical truth, we are destined to be ineffective for the gospel in this world. However, when we make time to study the Bible our lives are enriched and established upon the sure foundation of His Word.

What treasure does the Word of God have to offer you? Let me give you a description of the riches that God has for those who study the Bible. I've heard Psalm 19:7-10 paraphrased like this, "The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree. God's Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You'll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries." We have to develop the same heart of the psalmist who says in Psalm 119:162, “I rejoice at Your Word as one who finds great treasure.”

Let me share with you eight benefits of studying the Bible:
1. It assures you of your salvation (1 John 5:13)
2. It guides you with your decisions (Psalm 119:105)
3. It gives you confidence in prayer (John 15:7)
4. It cleanses you from sin (John 15:3 / John 17:17)
5. It brings joy (John 15:11)
6. It gives you peace (John 16:33)
7. It makes you strong (1 John 2:14)
8. It leads to success (Joshua 1:8)

The Bible answers life’s biggest questions.
In addition to getting to know the God who created us, studying the Bible also helps us to learn about ourselves, and the world in which we live. Answers to all of life’s biggest questions are found in God’s Word. Such as:
• Who am I?
• Why am I here?
• Where did I come from?
• Where am I going?
• What should I do with my life?
• What is my relationship to God?

The Bible answers all of these questions and so much more: it is our Creator’s revelation to us. When we understand this, we will begin to rightly esteem its value and importance in our daily lives. We will also view the time we spend in God’s Word as the most vital part of our days and guard that time from being disturbed by the constant stream of distractions that make up our modern lives. Ringing cell phones and never-ending emails are always clamoring for our immediate attention, but as we discipline ourselves to set time aside to study God’s Word we will realize that intrusions such as these will be better handled after we have spent time with the Lord. What are you waiting for? Open your Bibles and find your reward! Are you unsure of how to study the Bible? You can learn forty easy to do Bible study methods by visiting http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com right now.


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AUTHOR’S BIO: Pastor Andy Deane serves as an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in central New Jersey. In 2009 he published his first book, Learn to Study the Bible: Forty Different Step-By-Step Methods to Help You Discover, Apply and Enjoy God's Word. His greatest desire is to equip and inspire God's people to dig into the Scriptures and begin comprehending and applying the richness of His Word into their daily lives. Visit http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com for more about this exciting new book.

If you want to know how to study the Bible then this book is for you. It contains forty different step-by-step Bible study methods with handwritten examples to show you how to do them. With 40 Bible study methods you’ll be sure to find a few Bible study methods that teach you new and exciting ways to study God’s Word. To contact Pastor Andy Deane please visit http://www.AndyDeane.com.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Pastor Andy Deane's New Book - Learn to Study the Bible

In his new book, LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE: Forty different step-by-step methods to help you discover, apply and enjoy God's Word, Andy Deane (Associate Pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in central New Jersey) reminds Christians not to “toss aside” the greatest treasure of all—God's written Word.

At a time when we have more accessibility to the wisdom of Scripture than ever before, statistics show that only a small percentage of Christians actually study the Bible on a regular basis. In a recent poll, 72% of those asked said they believed that the Bible is the inspired word of God but only 12% said they read it on a daily basis. Why is that?

In his book Andy Deane states one main reason is because many have simply never been taught. He says, “Christians know the importance of Bible study, but lack the basic skills to study God's Word and apply it to their daily lives.” In LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE, he offers a solution to that problem.

No other resource available today provides the large variety of Bible study methods, hand written llustrations, and study aids that are available in this one volume. The hundreds of hours spent researching and proving these forty different step-by-step methods will enable you to find one that will fit your goals and begin enhancing your understanding of God's Word.

Whether you are a teenager or a mature Bible student, a sunday school teacher or a pastor, a stay at home mom or a busy executive: you will find a number of Bible study methods that will add excitement and enjoyment to your study of God's Word. These forty easy to follow methods will help you get the most out of your Bible reading and unlock the riches of Scripture in your own personal study time. All you need is your Bible and a notebook and you can start discoverying great treasures in God's Word, today!

For a preview of LEARN TO STUDY THE BIBLE, and to preorder your copy, visit www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com. This exciting new book will be available for purchase in March 2009.

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