Baptist Bible Studies
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.
Biblical education is often the catalyst for people who visit the Holy Land, where they can walk where Jesus walked. Groups from Baptist Bible studies, as well as groups from many other denominations, make such trips led by theologically trained leaders who can explain a lot of what's behind the Scriptures they are studying. It is possible to walk the path the Lord walked from Pilate's palace to the place of his crucifixion. The emotional power of such an experience leaves an indelible mark on the spirit of any Christian making that journey.
The Baptist biblical education always includes special programs for children. Sunday school includes Bible studies, of course, but in the summer there is always Vacation Bible School. The entire community of children is invited to attend, and the kinds of fun activities that stimulate young minds are well planned. These aren't exactly like the adult education, but for a week during the summer these children are given generous doses of Baptist Bible Studies that they will remember for a long time. Dramatizations and craft activities are created to reinforce the lessons learned. Psalm 91:1 ensures that "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." By studying His word more anyone can get closer to that 'secret place'. Just like any relationship someone desires to develop deeper, God wants His people to know Him personally.
One of the more popular alternatives for high school age youngsters is the "lock down," where a group spend the night in the church fellowship hall or gymnasium with Christian activities (geared to teach Biblical lessons) with adult (usually college age) supervision. Music, videos, games, etc. in a concentrated Christian atmosphere sets them apart for a while from the influences of secular society. All of these activities have the same ultimate goal; to open the hearts and minds of God's people to the beauty and richness of His Word. Sharing the enthusiasm to learn God's Word will not only spread the word, but also strengthen the personal desire to know Him more.