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How To Read and Study the Bible

By Edited Oct 19, 2016 0 0

I believe the Bible is the authoritative and infallible Word of God. It is given to us by God to be our guide in all things spiritual, moral, and ethical. 

II Timothy 3:15, 16 says,

…you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Bible is God’s truth for us. It is the direction for our behavior, our lives, our faith, and our growth as Christians.

I don’t believe the Bible is intended to be a science text nor a chronological history of the world. It is the account of God’s interaction with his people through history. It is God’s truth for us today.

Bible Basics

Always pray before you start to read the Bible. Ask God to open your eyes and your heart to his word. Ask him to give you understanding. Remember the main point of Bible study is not to acquire knowledge, but to get acquainted with God and his purpose for you. A believer's goal is not to be a scholar, but to be a disciple. A skeptic's goal is to understand and test the scripture. Does it work for you? Does it make sense? Focus on how the scripture passage might give direction to your life. How can the wisdom of the text add value to your life today?

Always read a verse in the context of the verses before and after it. Always look at a passage of scripture in the context of the book it is within. Always interpret Bible verses in the context of all of scripture. The Bible is a whole message from God to us. Difficult passages should be interpreted in light of less difficult passages.

Questions to ask yourself about any Bible book or passage

1. Who wrote this book?

2. To whom was it written? When was it written? What were the circumstances surrounding the author and the recipients?

3. For what purpose was the book written? What is the theme of the book? What does the author want the original recipients to receive from the book?

4. What does God want me to get from this passage?

5. What have I learned about God the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit from this passage?

6. Do I find a good example to follow or a mistake to avoid in this passage?

7. Is there a promise to believe or a command to obey in this passage?




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