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I Study the Bible?
If you are a "baby
Christian", one thing you will want to do every day is
study the Bible. How do I study the Bible? Where do I begin
reading? Always pray for wisdom and understanding. The only
way you can understand the Bible is to have the Holy Spirit
help you, so ask Him to help you. The most often overlooked
and undervalued aspect of Bible study is prayer. Prayer is so vital to gaining wisdom and understanding when
you read Godís Word. Through prayer, you can approach God
and admit your lack of knowledge of His Word, as well as your
need for Him to open your heart to His instruction. So --- begin each study with prayer.
Only God can give
you the wisdom to understand His Word. No person, on their
own, can do this. Read in an organized manner. If you receive
a letter and read only a few sentences here and there, the
letter would not make much sense to you. But if you read the
letter in order, you can understand it. That's the way it
is with the Bible. Many Christians read some in Matthew, a
story from Daniel, a verse or two from Exodus, and then a
chapter or so from Revelation and wonder why they donít understand
Godís Word. They end up misinterpreting the meaning of these
Passages because they have failed to grasp the context from
which they came. To avoid this, discipline yourself to read
the Bible in an orderly manner. One way to do this is to use
an established reading plan. A reading plan lists Scripture
passages to be read in a certain order. Many of the existing
plans were created with a goal in mind. Some plans break the
whole Bible down into 365 daily readings. Others help you
read through the Bible in the order that the events actually
For now, you may
want to use the following plan as your reading guide. Start
with the Gospel of John. This Gospel was written
so that we might believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Then,
after you have finished reading John, read the rest of the
New Testament. First John one of my all time favorites.
Once you have finished
the New Testament, you should read the books of the Old Testament.
There you will see the coming of Jesus prophesied many years
before He came. Some cults do not read the Old Testament.
Such a shame! Jesus is definitely in the Old Testament! Please
do not avoid the Old Testament. It is there for our learning.
Finish what you start when reading a book from the Bible.
If you choose a certain Book to read, read it all, from beginning
to end. You will benefit more by reading the entire Book.
Reading the entire book puts each verse and story in its proper
context, so you will have a better understanding of what each
verse and story means. In addition, by reading Books from
beginning to end you will become more familiar with the Bible
as a whole. You may even discover Passages in the Old Testament
that will one day become your favorites.
Meditate on Godís
Word, ask questions. Think about what you have read! This
cannot be overemphasized. Meditating on what you have read
helps you to discover the importance of the Passage. It also
helps you to examine your life in light of what God reveals
in His Word.
YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS!
#1 Who is speaking?
#2 Who is being spoken to?
#3 What is being spoken about?
#4 What does it say? Know what it is really saying!
#5 What does it say that I don’t understand? Read it again!
#6 What is the key verse?
#7 What does it teach me about God?
#8 Under what circumstances was it written?
#9 What does it say to me?
#10 How can I apply it to my life? Ask God for discernment.
see how the text might apply to you personally, ask yourself
#1 Is there any sin mentioned in the passage that I need to confess or forsake?
#2 Is there a command given that I should obey?
#3 Is there a promise made that I can apply to my current circumstances?
#4 Is there a prayer given that I could pray?
Don't ever consider studying
the Bible to be a difficult chore or something you do not
look forward to. It should be a very pleasant time for you.
It should be one of the best times of the day for you.
There are pastors, chaplains
and teachers out there who are more than willing to help when
something stumps you. I love helping people understand Godís
Word. To me, itís a privilege when someone asks me a question
or asks me to help them. I love watching people grow in Christ.
Donít be afraid to ask for help. If someone refuses, they
really are not a child of God (TRUE Christian), for thatís
our job, one I dearly love.
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