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Guide On How To Study The Bible

First things first: you need to decide what you want your study goal to be. Are you reading for personal edification? Do you want to learn more about God? Or do you want to understand how the Bible should impact your life? Once you’ve figured that out, pick up a copy of your favorite translation (I recommend NIV) and get started!

As we all know, the Bible is a pretty big book. It’s got a lot of stories and characters, and it can be hard to keep track of them all. That’s why I’m going to walk you through how to study the Bible.

Guide On How To Study The Bible

Introduction

The Bible is so much more than a book full of rules and regulations to live by. To truly understand the scripture, you need to read it with purpose and care, slowly uncovering the nuances in each passage. Here’s how to do that:

What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books that tell us the story of God and His plan for our lives. It tells us about His love for us, how He created this world, and how He wants to bless us.

Read the Bible in its context.

There are a lot of ways to read the Bible. But if you want to understand it well, you need to read it in its context. What is that? In short, reading the Bible in its context means reading it according to the historical, literary, cultural and theological contexts of which it was written. Those four categories are just examples; there are many more possibilities for the ways we could define our contextual readings of scripture. For example:

Read through Psalms with an eye toward understanding how they were understood by ancient Israelite kings who wrote them (this would be political). Or look at Job as an ancient piece of literature from Mesopotamia (literary). Or consider how Jesus’ parables illuminate his view on money management during Roman times (cultural). Or better yet, see if Paul’s letters make sense when held up against first-century Greco-Roman philosophy (theological).

Use your Bible to study the Bible.

Use your Bible to study the Bible.

You can use the same method of reading and studying the Bible as you would a regular book, but there are some important differences that you should be aware of. First, because we are studying God’s word, we need to treat it with respect and reverence. Second, because it is God’s word, we must understand that He has already revealed His truth to us through His Son Jesus Christ (John 1:1). Therefore, when we read the Bible it will be much different than reading a history book or even a novel. The way our mind works is different than anyone else’s; therefore no two people will interpret Scripture exactly the same way. Because of this there will be many different views on what certain passages mean or how they should be applied in our lives today; however remember that God alone knows how He intends each verse in His Word for us today!

Read the books of the Bible at their appropriate level of difficulty.

If you’re a beginning reader, don’t start with the most difficult books of the Bible. Instead, work your way up to those difficult passages by going through some books that are easier for first-time readers. And if you’ve been reading the Bible for awhile, don’t just stick with books that are too easy. Mix things up by stepping outside your comfort zone once in a while and try reading some harder passages.

You should also avoid reading books that are too long or too short since they can be difficult to follow along with if they’re not read at an appropriate level of difficulty (i.e., if they are either too boring or exciting).

Read purposefully.

  • Read to learn: There are many reasons why we want to study the Bible. If you want to know about God, His nature, and how He relates to each of us personally then you will find this in His Word.
  • Read to grow: The Scriptures teach about who God is and how He wants us to live our lives. As we read His Word we will be changed from the way we were before reading it. This happens because it’s not just a book but God’s direct communication with us through His Spirit within us (John 6:63).
  • Read to change: We all have areas in our life that need changing. The written word of God contains principles that can help us make those changes happen by providing direction as well as motivation for them (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • Read to be challenged: We all have beliefs and ideas about things which may not always be right or good according to Scripture—sometimes even wrong! That’s why it’s important that we study what has been written so that these things can be corrected when needed (Acts 17:11).

Pray before, during, and after reading.

Prayer is a powerful tool. It can be used to ask God for guidance and direction, to praise him for his goodness, and to give thanks for all he has done for us. In addition to using it as a way of worshiping God, we can use prayer as a way of preparing ourselves before reading the Bible:

  • Before reading the Bible each day, pray that God will help you understand what you read better than you did the day before.
  • During your times of daily reading in the Bible (and other books), ask God how he would like to use these passages in your life right now.
  • After reading an entire book or passage in the Bible and meditating on it at length, ask yourself if there is anything specific that stands out as important enough for you not just to remember but also apply immediately in your everyday life. If so then make an effort—starting today—to put those things into action and see how they change things around you!

Reading the bible is a journey.

Reading the Bible is a journey. It’s not a race, but a journey. You will go through many different books, stories, and characters on this journey. You will also experience many different emotions as you read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

Read the Bible in its context.

There are a lot of ways to read the Bible. But if you want to understand it well, you need to read it in its context. What is that? In short, reading the Bible in its context means reading it according to the historical, literary, cultural and theological contexts of which it was written. Those four categories are just examples; there are many more possibilities for the ways we could define our contextual readings of scripture. For example:

Read through Psalms with an eye toward understanding how they were understood by ancient Israelite kings who wrote them (this would be political). Or look at Job as an ancient piece of literature from Mesopotamia (literary). Or consider how Jesus’ parables illuminate his view on money management during Roman times (cultural). Or better yet, see if Paul’s letters make sense when held up against first-century Greco-Roman philosophy (theological).

Use your Bible to study the Bible.

Use your Bible to study the Bible.

You can use the same method of reading and studying the Bible as you would a regular book, but there are some important differences that you should be aware of. First, because we are studying God’s word, we need to treat it with respect and reverence. Second, because it is God’s word, we must understand that He has already revealed His truth to us through His Son Jesus Christ (John 1:1). Therefore, when we read the Bible it will be much different than reading a history book or even a novel. The way our mind works is different than anyone else’s; therefore no two people will interpret Scripture exactly the same way. Because of this there will be many different views on what certain passages mean or how they should be applied in our lives today; however remember that God alone knows how He intends each verse in His Word for us today!

Conclusion

I hope that this guide will serve as a way for you to understand the Bible better and remember how important it is. I also hope that it helps you on your journey towards becoming a Christian, too! The Bible is such an amazing book and we should all know about its contents more than just from hearing people talk about it at church. So, go ahead and read it for yourself!

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