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Ernie Basinger's Bible Lessons


If you knew Ernest, you knew an amazing Godly man who loved God and you too.  While Ernest was battling cancer, he received over 50 emails from his friends.  Here is a small of those messages.  Let them be a testimony and witness to his life, his character, and his investment in others.  

Emails to Ernest
His Teaching Style

His Teaching Style

If you had been the privilege to know Ernie, you would have been very familiar with the phrase: "Can I ask you a question?" Ernie's teaching style was leading by using questions, a style he learned from Jesus. Ernie was more concerned about making an impact than impressing others with his knowledge. By engaging his listeners with questions, his listeners developed stronger convictions and deeper understanding. Ernie knew that a leader who leads with questions is often ten times more effective than those who lead by telling. Think about this; there are over 338 recorded instances of Jesus asking questions, and only in three of those instances did Jesus ever answer his question.

Ernie's Bible Lessons

Click here to gain access Ernie's Bible Studies.

So, in honor of Ernie's teaching style...

                                   Can I ask you a question? 

                                                                                   "Going Forward - What Will Be Your Legacy?"

In Matthew 6:19-21 NIV Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Ernie knew that the only earthly treasures that could ever be stored up in heaven were: Believers in Christ! That is why Ernie wanted to make his Bible Studies available to all at "no cost." In developing these studies, it was not uncommon for Ernie to spend countless hours in the Word and in prayer, listening to God's direction. He is now passing on the baton for you to run with so that you too can say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7, ESV) "...I pressed on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14, NIV).

It was Ernie's hope that you would never lose your love and hunger for God. That love and hunger stayed fresh and alive in Ernie because he took Jesus at His Word and lived out Matthew 28:19 - Learners "to go and make learners." Ernie knew that the word disciple meant learner, not master teacher. So, at an early age, Ernie began as a learner to lead other learners in Bible Studies, and he continued to do so throughout his adult life to the very end. Never once considering himself a Master Teacher but a hungry learner who purposely surrounded himself with other hungry learners. The only time Cherryanna ever saw Ernie cry during his short battle with cancer was when he expressed, "I have 33 men who are hungry to know the LORD". It saddened his heart that he would no longer be there to walk with them personally. Even still, Ernie hoped they would continue where he left off, and all of them would see each other again in heaven.

Just like Ernie, God is asking you and me to rise and be a learner who leads learners too. God is not looking at your ability; God is looking at your availability and your willingness to listen to His leading humbly. You do not have to get a master's degree to lead. You just have to have a hunger to know God and His Word as you lead other hungry learners into a closer relationship with God. Ernie has provided the Bible Study Lesson material; you must show up and let God lead. The power, that secret sauce, according to Ernie, was not in his teaching ability; it was in his availability to let the Holy Spirit lead.

Click here to gain access Ernie's Bible Studies.  Some of these studies were created many decades ago before Ernie had access to Microsoft Word. Thus, some of these older files were converted to Microsoft Word, so their formatting may be off. Also, Ernie at times facilitated classes created by other popular teachers like Andy Stanley, so do not be surprised if you find some materials not produced by Ernie.

Bible Lessons

"The Key to An Amazing Life" Video Background:

Ernie was battling cancer, and soon after this interview, Jesus called Ernie to his heavenly home. This was a very special moment caught on film between a grandfather sharing his heart and advice to his grandbabies and to you.

Watch, enjoy, and let it make a difference!