Daily Bible studies are available through many web sites or Christian book stores, where Christians of all stripes can study God’s Word by themselves in the privacy of their homes, or with friends at Church. Sometimes the course is taught by a pastor, but other times only a facilitator is needed for the course to be effective. The only real requirement is a desire to learn more about the scriptures. Christians young and old can find one to suit them. There are programs, which will be in greater depth, will include a lot of history and perhaps even knowledge of the languages from which the scriptures were translated. Those are for the serious student who aspires to a ministry, either as a pastor or teacher. Most Christians want a greater understanding of the meaning behind Christ’s parables, or better explanations of some of the more obscure passages in the Old Testament. There are Baptist Bible studies available in every Baptist church, and a large number of them online.
Perhaps a person has not joined a church yet, and is not sure which study to use. Most denominations have information on the web about their particular beliefs, and how Scripture supports them. This sort of education could help to make up a person’s mind. For most Christians, daily Bible studies are a part of his or her life at some point. It may not be a lifetime habit (or it may), but at some point, enthusiasm for the Word becomes so important that a daily visit is a necessary part of the routine. The same way food satisfies the body’s needs, this type of study and prayer satisfy the spirit’s needs. Whether they are Baptist Bible studies, Methodist, Episcopal, or Catholic, Scripture is nourishment for the Christian soul.
Denominational education is included in the curriculum of Baptist colleges for those who want advanced studies in an academic setting. Courses can be taken online or on campus, depending on the requirements of the student. Of course, the type of education that is included in college courses will include far more information than the average layman will get in the small group interaction that is recommended by most parishes. This might be just the extra step needed for the history buff, or the one who wants a greater depth of theology along with the daily Bible studies.