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Precepts Bible Studies (Inductive)
I have learned so much in my Christian walk from doing Precepts studies. This verse by verse method of Bible study, also known as the Inductive Bible Study Method, is for both men and women. I like doing Precepts because I'm a visual learner, and this method forces you to slow down and take your time. I also like the marking up method used in Precepts (a Precepts marking card is shown, right). In fact, before I even discovered Precepts, I had developed my own sort of marking system. Now, after having done Precepts for so long, my system for marking is something of a combination of the Precepts method and my own marking system.
Kay Arthur is probably the most well-known of Precepts Bible teachers for women. I know that there are some concerns about Kay Arthur, and I share those concerns, but on the whole, the Precepts method itself is sound. This Bible study method majors on teaching Christians how to understand, interpret and apply scripture, verse by verse, chapter by chapter. You can't go wrong when you're sticking with straight Bible.
Precept Austin is available here. Precept Austin is an online resource for those using the precepts Bible study method.
I love the GTY ministry so much, it's hard to express it. John MacArthur, the main teaching pastor at Grace Community Church in southern California, heads GTY, which is the resources/outreach ministry for the church.
Since 2001, GTY has been hosting an annual conference devoted to biblically equipping pastors for ministerial work. This annual event is called the Shepherds Conference; all of the media for those conferences can be accessed here.
John MacArthur's Bible studies are very straightforward, and are also verse by verse, chapter by chapter. I've done lots of them, and highly recommend them. You can access John MacArthur's Bible studies here, and you can access the main GTY site here.
Phil Johnson / Grace Life Pulpit
Phil Johnson is John MacArthur's right-hand man, and with his background in publishing, has taken his gifts and abilities and really made GTY what it is today, in terms of outreach and scope. But what some may not know is that Phil Johnson is a pastor in his own right, and an excellent one at that. His Survey of Heresies series is an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to grow in discernment. This series explains the various heresies that were coming against the early church during its formation, but also shows how these sames heresies are alive and well today, albeit with slightly different packaging. Thanks to this series, I could look back on my own life and articulate that I grew up in a Socinian church (where I never heard the gospel), went off into Gnosticism, and was flirting briefly with Pelagianism and Judaized theology as a new Christian. Phil's series on the Attributes of God is also excellent. You can access all of Phil Johnson's sermons here.
Alistair Begg / Truth For Life
Alistair Begg is one of my favorite pastors to listen to. Perhaps it's his charming Scottish brogue that lulls me into thoughts of green meadows, bagpipes and tartan woolens. Nah, I think it's the way he preaches through God's word with such commitment and passion. His lessons are rich, and yet so accessible that my sons (11 and 13) can understand and take in what he's teaching. You can download or listen to Alistair Begg's sermons here.
R.C. Sproul / Ligonier
Dr. R.C. Sproul of Ligonier has also done an overview of the entire Bible, entitled "Dust to Glory" that I am working my way through now. It is excellent. You can begin listening to that series here. And Dr. Sproul, being a Presbyterian, is near and dear to my heart because my own father, who witnessed to me for ten years, is a Presbyterian (PCA) elder. Having grown up Presbyterian (though I no longer am), I have a soft spot for the Presbyterian church, even though it (like very denomination) has its issues. I still know every verse of the hymns I grew up singing at First Presbyterian in Marietta, GA. God bless the Presbys.
Don't be intimidated by the term "Systematic Theology." This form of Bible study is simply a way of organizing the Bible into categories in order to be able to study it in a systematic way. You can learn systematic theology through this teaching series by Pastor Ryan Habbena:
Intro and Theology Proper | Christology | Pneumatology | Bibliology | Soteriology, pt1 | Soteriology, pt2 | Soteriology, pt3 | Theories and Extent of the Atonement | Israel and the Church | Eschatology