Studying Scripture as the Living Word of God

Introduction to Scripture Study
by Don Schwager

Do you want to know the mind and heart of God? And to grow in the knowledge of his truth and love? The Scriptures, also called the Holy Bible, are the living and active Word of God. God speaks to us through the inspired words of the Bible.


The following Scripture Study Course [see Table of Contents] aims to help people read and study the Scriptures as God's word for us today. It is designed to help Christians from all the mainstream traditions - Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox - who accept the Bible as God's authoritative Word.


The goal of the Scripture Study Course is twofold:

First, to help people understand the unity of the Scriptures - how the Old Testament prefigures and prepares the way for the coming of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and how the New Testament fulfills and unveils the hidden meaning of the Old Testament.

Second, to help readers better learn how to spiritually and prayerfully read the Scriptures as the living and active Word of God and at the same time interpret the Scriptures in a spiritual way, with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, that helps us apply the wisdom and truth of God's word to our daily lives.


Topics: Each section of the course contains one or two presentations on a particular topic. The topics include: The unity of the Old and New Testaments, Hearing the living and active Word of God in Scripture and being taught by the Holy Spirit, Intrepreting the Scriptures and distinguishing the literal and spiritual senses of the Scriptures, the spiritual power and authority of the Scriptures, Old Testament  types, signs, figures, and symbos that foreshadow and prefigure Christ's work of salvation.

Reflections: The topical presentation is followed by a series of 4 or 5 daily Scripture readings and reflections which are based on the topical presentation.

Articles/Essays: The daily Scripture reflections are followed by a selection of short articles/essays by Scripture scholars from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions.

Table of Contents:

All of the links for the topic presentations, reflections, and articles/essays can be found in the Table of Contents.

[Don Schwager is the author of the Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation and editor for Living Bulwark.]

Scripture Study course developed for Daily Scripture / Servants of the Word and Living Bulwark / Sword of the Spirit
editor Don Schwager Living Bulwark © 2014 Sword of the Spirit, publishing address: Park Royal Business Centre, 9-17 Park Royal Road, Suite 108, London NW10 7LQ, United Kingdom

Scripture quotations from Common Bible: Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1973, and Ignatius Edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 2006, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Scripture Study Course and Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations is in need of on-going development to expand resources and to reach people around the world. If you would like to contribute, you can make an online donation.