What Beth Moore Can Teach Us About Bible Study

What does Scripture say about her popular teaching, characterized by biblicism, spiritual warfare, mysticism, and pop psychology?

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Overview

Beth Moore has been a prominent and popular author of Bible studies and books for over a quarter of a century. Halee Gray Scott, a former atheist, was a new Christian who came under Moore’s sway. “When I completed a Beth Moore Bible study at age 21, I was no more than two months into my new faith, a former atheist with a long history of living however I pleased,” Scott writes in her article, “First Came the Bible” in Christianity Today. “Moore’s study had me searching the Scriptures at least five times a week. Her enthusiasm for God’s Word convinced me that the seemingly stiff, impenetrable book had legs—that its insights could actually make a difference in my everyday life.”

Scott points to four main themes that permeate Moore’s work: biblicism, spiritual warfare, mysticism, and popular psychology. What place should they hold in our approach to Scripture and Bible study? Is Beth Moore on the right track? This Bible study’s goal is to find the biblical foundations of these themes, with a view to responsible application in our Christian lives.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22:1–19; 32:22–30; Exodus 3:1–6; Acts 10:9–23; Ephesians 6:10–20; Colossians 3:1–17; 2 Timothy 3

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God’s Word is a trustworthy guide for our lives.
Teaching point two: We are in a spiritual battle and need spiritual weapons to fight it.
Teaching point three: When God speaks to his people, the result is always greater faith and faithfulness.
Teaching point four: Christians are to live like who we are.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "First Came the Bible", by Halee Gray Scott (2010)

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