“We are passionate that others have the blessings of learning how to discover God’s Truth for themselves.”
When Steve Butler retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 2007, it was the end of one career and the beginning of another. “I retired early with the intention of focusing my energies primarily on Precept Ministries,” Steve says. “The day I retired, I took the Precept Training Workshop Planning and Leading Precept Upon Precept® Discussions and I have been leading men’s Precept, New Inductive Study Series, and 40-Minute Bible Study classes ever since.”
Susan’s first Precept Upon Precept® Inductive Bible Study was Covenant, taken in 1994. “I knew the Lord brought me ‘home’ to Bible study through the inductive method,” she explains. She was hooked! And soon Susan was trained as a Precept Leader and has been leading Precept Bible Studies since 2003.
It wasn’t long after Steve retired that Precept began building a foundation for what would become the Precept Network. When the Butlers heard about this new grassroots effort being established to help more people get into Inductive Bible Study, they were at the front of the line with hands raised asking, “How can we help?”
Today, both Steve and Susan serve in leadership roles through the Precept Network: Steve as a District Leader and Susan as an Area Team Leader. “It’s exciting to see Precept Bible Study Leaders locally meeting and connecting, many for the first time,” says Susan. Steve adds, “In effect, it’s like bringing the resources and training assets of Chattanooga to the leaders and students in their local areas.” Both agree that the Precept Network is the future of Precept Ministries and is quickly becoming the most efficient and effective means of multiplying the number of people studying God’s Word inductively.
In addition to serving as full-time volunteers, Steve and Susan also support the work of Precept financially. “We believe in investing in the ministry that pays the richest dividends— establishing people in God’s Word,” explains Steve. “We are passionate that others have the blessings of learning how to discover God’s Truth for themselves.”
We are thankful for Steve and Susan who are wholly committed to the work of getting more people into God’s Word. They are an example of the many people who are helping take the Precept Network from vision to reality. We are thankful for their tireless efforts and generous support so that others can have the opportunity to be established in God’s Word.
If you desire to connect with other believers who love God’s Word you’ll want to join the Precept Online Community. POC is an online community for connecting and equipping Bible Study Leaders and students by providing ongoing support, training opportunities and exclusive resources to help them become more effective in their study of God’s Word and in making disciples for Christ.
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“My life has definitely changed because of God and Precept Ministries International!”
According to the Barna Research Group, the Christian community is struggling to remain connected with the next generation of teens and young adults. In particular, 84% of Christian 18 to 29 year-olds, admit that they have no idea how the Bible applies to their field or professional interests.
We’re living in perilous days when far too many are simply doing what is right in their own eyes just like in the days of Judges. It’s imperative that we help reach the Millennial Generation, also known as Generation Y.
Sharmane could have easily fallen away from the path of the Lord during her early adulthood, but God had another wonderful plan in mind. Sharmane writes:
“I never would have believed all that was about to take place in my life. 2004 was the worst year of my life. Looking back now, I see how God used the enormous pain and heart break to bring me to Himself.
I was only twenty-two years old and my mother passed away. I thought, ‘Who loses their mother at my age?’ I literally fell apart, the pain was too much. My father went to federal camp for illegal use of drugs exactly one year prior to my mother’s death. It seemed that I had lost both parents and I wondered how I would go on.
I prayed, ‘God, I cannot bear this.’ I had responded to a call to receive Christ when I was eleven and thought I had given my life to the Lord, but my life did not change: I continued in an immoral lifestyle. In retrospect, there was no lasting repentance that indicated a true salvation experience.
Growing up, my mother had taught me, ‘to become a career women and don’t ever be dependent on a man!’ I headed faithfully down that path. But a successful career did nothing to soothe the anguish I felt over the loss of my family, so I finally cried out to God in desperation. He answered me in such a powerful way!
I will never forget the day in 2009 when I first heard Kay Arthur’s testimony. Immediately, I was drawn into Kay’s story: she was real and nothing about her was fluff or fake. Listening intently, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I thought, ‘If God can use Kay, He can surely use me.’
My first Bible study with Precept was Lord, I Need Grace to Make It Today. This was a huge blessing as God began showing me His grace for my life. I wondered how I was ever going to forgive myself for my past. But God, in His perfect timing, led me to study Lord, I Want to Know You. What an incredible Bible study! Learning the names of God was life changing for me. Following these studies, I was introduced to Precept Upon Precept® by my mentor and best friend. I fell in love with studying God’s Word through these in-depth studies.
My mentor wanted to do the study, Return to the Garden, Embracing God’s Design For Sexuality This study was so helpful to me that I went through it twice! By getting into God’s Word I realized I had not truly repented and given my life totally to the Lord. I did a 180° turn in my life. I desired purity in every area of life, which precipitated life change. My hunger for God and His Word intensified and God has blessed the time I have dedicated to studying His Word. He has helped me to stay true to everything I have learned.
“I love studying Precept. It’s the truest and purest way to study God’s Word. It’s not other people’s opinions.”
The more I learned, the more I wanted to know God and His Word. I knew it was time to increase my study skills by attending a Precept Training Workshop Coming to Precept Ministries to take Inductive Bible Study Training was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Learning the Inductive Bible Study Method teaches you how to study the Bible for yourself instead of depending on others to tell you what God means.
Precept Upon Precept® Bible studies have been so important to me that I decided to bring my husband to my first Precept Training Workshop. (Yes, in God’s timing He brought a godly man who has brought me so much joy.) We loved coming to the Precept Campus. At home there are too many distractions for us. The ministry provides us with home-cooked meals, wonderful rooms for the training and quiet places to study.
There was a great sense of community among those of us attending the Workshop. We made new, life-time friends there. No amount of money can buy great friends or those moments of intimacy with God. Attending the Precept Training Workshop Planning and Leading Precept Upon Precept® Discussions was the best bible skills and leader training I have ever received. It was amazing!
My passion now is teaching others. Because of the training, I now have the confidence to lead classes with the remarkable Bible study resources offered by Precept.
I have also attended a Women’s Conference and I can’t say enough good things about it. Women’s lives are totally transformed. The workshops are impactful, and the keynote speakers are fabulous and real!
My life has definitely changed because of God and Precept Ministries International. I want to tell everyone about Precept and their wonderful resources. Growth can only happen in a person’s life as they dig deep into the study of God’s Word. Precept is the best way I’ve found to continuously go deeper into God’s Word. I’m so blessed and thankful that God has opened these doors for me and others to learn to study and teach others God’s Word.”
We’re grateful for the generosity of individuals who support the work of Precept Ministries International. Through these gifts, Precept is able to continue the work of helping to impact the lives of the next generation. Countless young adults are being changed and are becoming godly leaders making an impact on our world! Your 100% tax-deductible gift today will pay dividends for eternity.Donate Online Now
Precept Ministries International was raised up by God for the sole purpose of establishing people in God’s Word to produce reverence for Him. It serves as an arm of the church without respect to denomination. God has enabled Precept to reach across denominational lines without compromising the truths of His inerrant Word.
It’s such a joy to hear from pastors who are committed to equipping their congregation with Inductive Bible Study. Steve writes:
“I believe the biggest need in the Body of Christ today is discipleship. Churches are loaded with people who don't know the most basic biblical doctrines or even where to begin to find them! The church has spent years trying to bring people into the kingdom of God without taking the time to train them to know Him personally through His Word. Today we’re battling with a society that wants everything instantly and so many in the church are trying to cater to the culture.
“Churches are loaded with people who don't know the most basic biblical doctrines!”
As a result, we have a lot of biblically illiterate churches and, therefore, so many church attendees, are “stumbling in the streets” just like in the days of Isaiah. People are desperately looking for answers to their pain and yet many are running to the world for solutions. It’s only through God and knowing His Word one can stand.
Biblical discipleship is the greatest need of the church today. Being a pastor, I know that one of my primary jobs is to shepherd my flock by making disciples.
I was first introduced to Precept Ministries and Inductive Bible Study in the spring of 2001. Jan Priddy came to the church we attended in Ft. Payne, AL and presented the Inductive Bible Study Training. I was immediately drawn to the simple, yet profound method of digging into God's Word inductively.
I had heard of inductive Bible study in seminary, but it was always referred to as a way to study the Bible and it was never given much attention by my instructors. Needless to say, I was amazed at the endless depth of biblical understanding available when I then began studying and using the inductive method. It totally changed the way I view Scripture and the way I study God's Word!
I then decided to attend my first Training Workshop in June 2001. I spent two weeks on the campus of Precept Ministries International and what a blessing!
I was a Youth Pastor when I first saw the connection to use Precept materials to teach my students. Now as a Senior Pastor I have used both the New Inductive Study Series and also the Precept Upon Precept® Bible studies.
We began first using NISS series in our small group studies. Then after their classes, I would preach on the verses the NISS lesson was covering. I encouraged our congregation to participate in the studies. We then made a move to the Precept Upon Precept® Bible studies.
You could say, ‘We are a Precept style church.’ We have participation at all levels. Some do the workbooks, some desire to follow along by reading the passages, and others come and listen. But what I love is we are all studying together. It’s a joy seeing the older and the younger generations studying together. It has created such great unity in our body. Some of our members have told me, "I’m learning more now through Precept and inductive study than I have my entire life in the church. Why wasn't I taught this earlier?"
Personally Precept has had an impact on my life. I have also seen the profound impact with my congregation learning to study God’s Word and applying it to their lives. Most now know how to study Truth for themselves! Plus, my oldest daughter’s life was totally transformed through attending the Transform Boot Camp last summer. It totally changed her life!
She left for camp clinging to Mom and Dad's faith, but she came home from Boot Camp having taken hold of her own personal walk with the Lord! We no longer have to encourage her to spend time in God's Word any more. She now wants to spend time in His Word herself. I can’t say enough good things about the Transform Ministry. Everything they do points the student to God and His Word. They know this is what changes lives!
Words cannot begin to express the profound impact Precept Ministries International has played in the life of my family and church. I would encourage anyone to consider all that PMI has available through their Biblical Training and materials.
"Out of biblical discipleship will flow evangelism, a hunger for God's Word, righteousness and our Lord will be glorified!
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“I continue to have such peace despite all that has happened in my family’s life and I couldn’t be more grateful to Precept!”
Today’s families are being torn apart and lives are being shattered as the enemy is desperately seeking to destroy the family. When difficulties come, it’s easy to lose hope and just give up. But not Julie Sanders.
When the onslaught of trials came into Julie’s life, she clung to God and His Word. She hasn’t let the storms overtake her. Read how God used Precepts For Life and learning to study God’s Word inductively to help her and her sons walk through enormous difficulties and hardships. Julie writes:
“I just had to take a minute to write and tell you how God used Kay and Precept Ministries in my life. I’ve been studying with Kay and the NRB network for over three years now. I laugh, because I schedule my appointments around the time frame that Precepts For Life comes on. People think that I have a friend named Kay, and that she really comes to my house each day Monday through Friday.
This is all true, except Kay comes to our home through our television set. I love it when people ask me about my study time in God’s Word, because it gives me an opportunity to tell them to join us in our studies. It’s a great tool to help people get into God’s Word.
Last year I purchased the New Inductive Study Bible and WOW! It is my most favorite Bible I've ever owned! Thank you so much for introducing me to it and the amazing way to inductively study. The Holy Spirit has used it to change my life. I’m learning to study the WORD for myself! I’m such a visual learner and the "marking system" is the biggest blessing for me! I even incorporate it into my note taking on sermons.
“The Holy Spirit is transforming my son right before my very eyes and what a joy!”
I’m forty-five years old and my husband and I have three sons. Last November our twenty-three year old son Adam was in a head-on collision. He is now home with us recovering. We praise God He spared his life. But he does have twenty-four broken bones, three organs damaged, and he had a head injury.
For three weeks I was by his side while he was hospitalized. I took my Inductive Study Bible and my Study Guide notes, but I was so lonely without our weekly study dates with Kay and the program. The Lord got me through it and worked many blessings during that time. I had several opportunities to share with medical staff why I was always "coloring" in my Bible.
We’re home now and my son is recovering. Adam’s injuries are so bad he can't put any weight on his feet, and he will not be able to walk for some time now. But I tell him, ‘During this trying time, God is giving you the time to get closer to Him and to restore your walk with Jesus. There’s not a better kind of walk.’
Now Adam studies daily with me and loves watching Precepts For Life. He tells me every night, ‘Wake me up before Kay comes on.’ I know God has a plan for his life and that is why he was spared his life. He too is very aware that God does have a plan.
But unfortunately more heartbreak has come our way. About a month after we got home from the long hospital stay, we found out our oldest son, Tony, who is twenty-seven years old, has stage 2b intestinal cancer and stage 3b rectal cancer.
He is a father of two young boys and he has just started his long journey of radiation and other cancer treatments.
Please know, I continue to have such peace despite all that has happened in my family’s life and I couldn’t be more grateful to Precept. You are in our prayers just as I hope you will pray for us.
Much love from your Christian sister, Julie. May His peace sustain you as it does me. God's blessings to you all. If I could ever go to Israel, The Precept Israel Tour would be my pick to see the Holy Land.”
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“I despised the Bible...then God got my attention!”
According to Gallup only about one-third of Americans today believe the Bible is absolutely accurate and that it should be taken literally word for word. And about one in five Americans believes the Bible is an ancient book of "fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.".
John Hubbach was one who not only didn’t believe the Bible was true, he despised it! But God changed John’s heart. Read how John’s life was dramatically transformed.
“I had successfully suppressed the Truth about God found in the Bible for the first 32 years of my life. I thought I was good as most people. If there was a heaven, which I doubted, I believed I would probably get in since God who I doubted even existed, graded on a curve. I certainly didn’t think that I needed religion to make me a better person.
I really wasn’t pursuing God. If fact, I despised the Bible and its message! I also mocked those who said they believed it. I was trained for 21 years to be a dentist, in science, in evolution, and I concluded that if the first book of the Bible wasn’t true, then why should I believe the rest of it?
How did God get my attention? He pursued me! Through several people that I respected, I heard a few Bible verses that challenged me and pierced my heart deeply. For the first time in my life I didn’t reject the message. The verses were all from Romans and John’s Gospel. I was shocked to hear, there are none righteous, none who seek God, and none who do good (Romans 3:9-12).
I remember thinking, ‘Who goes to church?’ These verses challenged me enough that I wanted to hear a few more. I heard, “All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This verse actually made sense to me. If there is a God, of course none of us could match His glory.
Well praise God, I got saved! But now I had a real problem. If the Bible is true, what do I do with chapters one and two of Genesis? Remember, I was trained to believe that evolution was true. This is when my Bible study began. I got into the Word of God to know God! I wanted to know the God of the Word and the Creator of the universe..
Precept Bible Studies taught me the skills I needed to know to understand the Bible for myself! What I have learned in my time in the Word has changed my life! Today the Bible is my bread of life and a light unto my feet.”
Today John is being used by God to teach others God’s Word. John is passionate about teaching and training others the Precept Inductive Bible Study Method. He not only leads classes but he is a skilled Precept Trainer who trains people here and in other regions around the world.
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“I thought I had the world by the tail!”
There’s nothing greater to help change the life of an individual than the power of God’s Word. In Romans 12:2 we read, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
God is using Precept Ministries to help people to discover Truth for themselves and as they get into His Word the impact on their lives is priceless! Jim openly shares how God and His Word helped to radically change his life:
“Just a little over twenty years ago I was a poker dealer in Las Vegas. I was heavily involved in homosexual sin, and I was addicted to crack cocaine. Even with all this in my life, I thought I had the world by the tail. I categorized Christians as superstitious hillbillies.
One Sunday God in His mercy led me to walk into a neighborhood church, and within five minutes I knew I was finally home. A couple of days later, I sought out a pastor, and with his help, I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life. I surrendered everything.
Over the years I had many exhilarating triumphs as well as heartbreaking failures. I learned early on in my Christian walk to cling to God and His Word. One thing I clung to was the passage in Philippians, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” He humbled me and began breaking my pride. I had a desire to learn to study the Bible and God answered my prayers.
I remember going to my first Precept Training Workshop. Early in the workshop we did a very simple exercise of marking references to Paul. Then we simply wrote down the things we learned about Paul. I could not get over all that I learned by simply utilizing just that one technique.
After the Training Workshop I could not wait to study every book of the Bible! I also love to teach Precept Bible Studies. What a joy it is to be able to truly know how to study God’s Word and then to teach others.
I am forever indebted to Precept Ministries for teaching me to study the Bible inductively so that I can mine the Truth for myself!”
We’re grateful for the generosity of individuals and groups who support the work of Precept Ministries around the world. Lives are being changed, and His Word is going forth in a profound way.
Precept is helping to equip the lives of men, women, students, and children with Inductive Bible Study. Families are forever being changed as they study together God’s Word. God is mightily using our Bible study materials and the Transform Ministry to make a difference in many people’s lives.
Shonna shares how studying God’s Word has changed everything:
“I’ve been in and out of Bible studies throughout most of my adult life, but I never fully committed to any of them. I'm 35 years old, and within the last 5 years God has stirred my heart to really get to know Him. My husband and I decided that it was time to draw a line in the sand and commit totally to God and His will.
Even though we were involved in our church, we saw that our lives were becoming more like the world and we didn't like it. We started small. We committed to spending a few minutes in prayer each morning before our day began. I also began praying for a spiritual leader with whom I could study God's Word. I started one Precept course but I quit. I'm a wife, mother to a teenage son, and a high school and college English teacher.
I attended a Transform Conference with my son and I heard Kay tell the teens, ‘If you have been saved, you have been called out to serve.’ That statement hit me like a ton of bricks, and the fire to study God's Word grew even more. If I’m going to speak boldly about God, then I need to know Him intimately. I asked my pastor to pray that God would not let up on me until I was fully obedient to Him. I was craving a true Bible study, not passing devotions. I also kept praying for a godly woman to mentor me.
Here's the good news: this past fall God in His perfect timing answered my prayer. He sent a beautiful servant into my life as my Bible Study Leader. Her name is Naomi. She is a godly woman with so much wisdom and a love for studying God's Word using the Precept studies. The Precept study, A Faith That’s Real a study in James, was being offered on Sunday afternoons at my church. My best friend and I decided to sign up. I remember thinking, Ok God, this is it. I don't know what I'm doing, but I will walk through this door you have opened.
I learned more about God and His Word in 15 weeks of a Precept Study than I had in my entire life! Even all of my time spent growing up in church.
I kept telling people about the Bible Study and what I had learned. My eyes have been opened to so much truth! Now I’m in the Precept Study in Ruth, and I cried this morning after studying because of the beautiful, powerful picture that was painted about redemption.
Through Inductive Bible Study of God's Word, not only has my life been transformed, but my husband and son's lives have been as well!
After the Transform Conference, my son really wanted to know God for himself. Our church offered the New Inductive Study on Sunday mornings, and he jumped in. He's in the 9th grade now, and sometimes the life of a senior high school student is tough. Being a believer and living out one’s faith isn't all that popular. Thank you for writing studies that teach him the Word and encourage him all at the same time. After this year's Transform Conference, he felt the call to apply for Boot Camp. He attended Boot Camp and he was changed as a result of attending the summer camp! Thank you for making a difference in the life of my teen!
My husband and son are now going through the study of James . I can't tell you how awesome it is to talk about God and his greatness with my 15 year old as we ride to and from school. God has also opened a door for me to lead two of my students in a New Inductive Study. We meet on Monday afternoons, and I love to watch them open up to what God is teaching them through His Word. I was also able to attend your Spring Women’s Conference. I loved it so much that I’m signing up for your next one!
Again, THANK YOU! Your obedience has changed a lot of people's lives in my little world! Precept Ministries and Inductive Bible Study has made an impact on our entire family!
One thing I have learned is that God doesn't want perfection, He wants our obedience. That's why I'm writing this letter before 5AM in the morning! Obedience to study His Word has changed me forever!”
This is just one the countless stories of families who have been transformed as a result of learning to study God’s Word inductively. Conferences, Bible Studies, and the Transform Ministry are some of the ways by which Precept Ministries International continues to impact people here and around the world.
Prayerfully consider your part in helping to continue and expand the work of establishing people around the world in God’s Word.
“No Matter How Far You Have Fallen, God Can Set You Free!”
Transform Student Ministries is the generational equipping arm of Precept Ministries International. Precept Ministries and the Transform Team are dedicated to coming alongside teens, college students, and leaders to establish them in God’s Word, challenging them to know God and walk obediently.
Joy is just one of the countless students who have been transformed as a result of Precept and the Transform Ministry. Joy shares her heart with us:
“It’s hard to believe that the day before my 17th birthday I chose to commit suicide. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, but unfortunately I still believed Satan’s lies. I was anorexic, depressed, bitter, and rebellious. My morals were nonexistent!
Every time I dreamed of going to college, I always had fashion, alcohol, studies, and sex in my thoughts. Masochism was a lifestyle. Pain felt good somehow because I thought I deserved it. I tried to justify my irrational behavior, but I thought there were only two options for me: suicide or surrender.
I chose suicide. My plan was to overdose right before boarding the flight headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee. But God didn’t give up on me. It aggravated me at the time, but God graciously protected me. He kept me from finding the sleeping pills prescribed to my Dad for PTSD that I had hidden for my suicidal plan.
God in His goodness got me to the Precept Transform Summer Boot Camp. I still resisted it. I didn’t talk to anyone at first, and was constantly still thinking about killing myself. I would throw away my food and spent afternoons, and some nights in the dorm-room closet. I never felt more worthless than I did those first four days there. What a deep, deep lie I kept telling myself, but God was a work.
God mightily worked through Precept and the Transform Team. They put me face to face with black-and-white Truth, even though I wanted to ignore it and not believe. When we studied the Sermon on the Mount, it cut through my rebellious walls and I was heartbroken. One critical afternoon, God sent Mrs. Johnson to talk to me. Later that night, I surrendered everything, and I felt such freedom in Christ.
Precept unlocks the Truth of God’s Word and the Truth unlocked my chains! Precept Ministries International and the Transform Student Team have such unconditional love and outreach for the next generation. No matter how far you have fallen, God can set you free!
I would recommend Precept Bible Studies for any age. They helped transform my life!”
Today Joy is a junior at Oklahoma Baptist University. Her passion is music and she is seeking ways to glorify the Lord through art and service ministries. She is just one of the thousands of students who have been changed as a result of Precept and God’s Word, which is helping to impact lives for eternity!
We’re grateful for the generosity of individuals who support the work of Precept Ministries International. Through these gifts, Precept is able to continue the work of the Transform Student Ministry. Countless students’ lives are being changed and these young adults are becoming godly leaders making an impact on our world!
Kent and Eloise Petzold have been part of the Precept family since 1984. That’s when Eloise attended a Bible study at their church in Southlake, Texas, and studied Philippians. She later attended leader training in Waco where Kay happened to be the trainer. It wasn’t long before Kent was also involved and dove right into a Precept study on the book of John. “Eloise inspired me,” says Kent. “She was really growing in her walk.” It wasn’t long before they moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where they found a thriving group of Precept Bible Study Leaders and classes.
“Precept changes lives, and people viewing the world biblically changes nations!”
Both Kent and Eloise attest to the fact that studying with Precept has changed their lives. “My goal and direction are clearer,” Eloise explains. And Kent chimes in with, “It has deepened my relationship with Christ. I don’t need to rely on the opinions or feelings of others; I can find Truth for myself.”
In addition to studying inductively with Precept, Kent and Eloise are also generous supporters of the Ministry. When asked why they support the Ministry financially, Kent says, “Precept is a very effective and a well-run organization. Precept changes lives, and people viewing the world biblically changes nations!” Eloise adds, “Everybody needs to be in the Word. I want to help expand the use of the tools that helped me grow.”
Kent has been on the Precept Board of Directors for several years and was named Chairman. “I am thankful for Jack and Kay because they are obedient to their calling. Precept Ministries is now working in 185 countries and 70 languages. I am truly excited and blessed to be part of the organization. The board takes very seriously the matters of good governance and careful, prayerful succession planning. I appreciate the heart and sacrifices of our givers, staff, volunteers, and ministry partners. I am confident God will continue to bless the work of Precept for many years to come.”
We are honored by the commitment and leadership Kent and Eloise bring to the ministry of Precept and to the Kingdom. Together, we are establishing more people in God’s Word!Donate Online Now
Darlene and Deanna Lee are New York City natives and lifelong residents.
They have been involved in church and ministry for most of their lives, but it wasn’t until they attended Precept’s first National Women’s Convention in 2003 that they even knew Precept Ministries existed. “We had read a couple of Kay’s books,” says Darlene, “but we didn’t know about the ministry of Precept.”
“WOW! I can study God’s Word for myself.”
For these ladies, the convention was only a starting point. From there they attended Precept Training Workshops in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. “After we went to training, it was like, “WOW! I can study God’s Word for myself,” Deanna explains. And that was all it took for these two professionals to be off and running. They have led various Precept Bible studies over the years and formed a study group called “Daughters of the Gospel” which holds an annual weekend Bible Retreat using the Inductive Bible Study Method. The ladies also teach Bible study in their roles as youth coordinators in their church.
Both agreed that time is short and that it is important to be about the Father’s business in these last days. Both also believe that “Precept is getting it done!”
Darlene explains that they never have to worry about how Precept uses their gifts. “We just give and let God take care of telling you how to use it,” she says.
We are thankful for Darlene and Deanna Lee. They are living examples of how God uses people who are yielded to Him and His will. And because of their faithful support for the work of Precept, countless people are being established in God’s Word.Donate Online Now
Without proper nourishment, Christians wither on the vine.
Jon and Rita Rackley know a thing or two about plants. That’s because they own and operate one of the largest wholesale nurseries in Florida—providing plants and shrubs to retailers across the Southeast.
They understand that without proper feeding and nourishment, a vibrant green plant will soon turn brown and eventually die. They also understand that without the proper feeding and nourishment, Christians can quickly wither on the vine. That’s why they believe so strongly in the work of Precept Ministries. They have seen it at work in their own lives, as well as in the lives of their family.
It was 26 years ago that Rita first stepped into a Precept Upon Precept class, and she has never looked back. “I was amazed at the way I fell in love with the Inductive Bible Study method,” she explains. “It opened God’s Word more abundantly to me.”
“I fell in love with the Inductive Bible Study Method !”
Rita is still a Precept student, but also a teacher—to her grandchildren! She says they love to study with her using Precept’s Discover 4 Yourself series. “They call and say, ‘Nana, can we come over and do Bible study?’ ” Both Jon and Rita are thrilled at their hunger for the Word and have been blessed to see all their children, and of course, now their grandchildren, involved in Precept.
Not only do Jon and Rita participate in the Ministry through studying and leading, they also have invested financially over the years. Rita explains, “We give to Precept because God’s Word changes lives. It’s as simple as that.” Jon adds, “Giving to Precept is a great investment. We are excited to be part of a ministry that is bringing people closer to God.”
We are thankful for Jon and Rita Rackley. They have been generously supporting the Ministry for many years and are perfect examples of how God is working through people every day to show others how to discover God’s Truth for themselves.Donate Online Now
It all appeared to be so right, but Wally Craig felt a large void in his heart and believed there was still something missing….
Brought up in a Christian home—saved when he was 14, attended Sunday School, church, and was in the choir, Wally was totally involved in church. But he still thought there needed to be more in his life!
Wally shared how he will never forget the day, "I got down on my knees and prayed, 'God there has got to be something more than this.' " Wally began to see his prayers answered when he first heard a speaker who was teaching an in-depth Bible teaching on the Tabernacle.
Wally said, “The teacher’s biblical in-depth teaching made the Bible come alive to me! And on that day, I wanted to know the Bible like Mr. Croft did.” After class, Wally and a few others talked with Mr. Croft who said, “My Precept studies taught me to know and understand the Bible.”
He was thrilled as Croft decided to teach his serious students how to study the bible inductively. Wally started his journey of studying the Bible one book at a time through Precept Upon Precept Bible Studies.
“It was exactly what I was missing in my life! I couldn’t get enough of it,” said Craig. It has now been eleven years since he first started and now he has studied two-thirds of the Bible! The margins in his Bible are filled with notes and words marked in many different colors identifying the key words of the text. His passion for God’s Word is contagious.
Precept studies have kept Wally in the Word daily. He and his wife JoAnn keep each other accountable, often doing their studies together. Mr. Craig was moved with emotion as he shared how his wife was able to minister God’s Word so effectively when his father-in-law was so near death. JoAnn had studied God’s Word and knew the biblical answers to share during this difficult illness with her father.
This is where knowing Truth for yourself matters…in life’s heartbreaking situations, in life’s everyday circumstances, in life’s daily struggles. God’s Word lifts us, carries us and draws us to Him when at times there seem to be no answers. Wally and JoAnn Craig stand strong together in marriage as they passionately love to study God’s Word, Precept Upon Precept. Wally hopes to someday teach and be a blessing to others as Mr. Croft was to him.
Wally says, “The more you study, the more it gets in your head and your heart. You can’t help but be drawn closer to God through these studies.” As he looks at his marked-up Bible, he desires to pass along his Inductive Study Bible to his kids. What a legacy Wally and JoAnn are building with their family.
Today far too many families are falling apart. When children’s lives are torn and shattered as couples go their separate ways, God and His Word are there with answers.
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It is through your prayers and God's faithfullness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us a vision to reach 10 million more people by 2015. And we can now see that it was truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not by a long shot. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you, Beloved, for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.