Whether we are preaching, teaching, or simply trying to engage in spiritual self-improvement in personal study, our approach to Scripture, to be profitable, should have three basic components for maximum effectiveness. When we are studying a Bible book and engaging in proper interpretation, we will discover a precept. A “precept” is simply a rule meant to regulate how to live and behave. The very word appears 19 times in Psalm 119 alone. God’s Word is full of precepts, God showing us how He wants us to live. When our attitude is to see the Bible as God guiding us through earthly life toward a heavenly home with Him, our time in study will be so profitable. Such an approach will also help us open our mind to see the heart of God. Thus, from precepts flow principles. These are the inspired truths of God that form the foundation for how we view the world and how we live in it. The more we are in that word, the more influenced we are going to be by God’s precepts in determining our principles. We will look to see how His word applies in our lives. If all is as it should be, these principles find their way into our practice. He tells us, we accept and understand it, and then we do it. How profoundly simple! The Bible is not an archaic volume best meant as a shelf’s dust collection. It is a living, breathing book (Heb. 4:12). It is an exegetical, explanatory, exercise manual. We grow thereby (cf. 1 Pet. 2:2).