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    How do you study the Bible?

    Ever think about how much time you really spend in studding the Bible? A bout six months ago some people came to my Pastor and said they wanted to know how to study the Bible. Now that on the surface seems like a good problem to have for a church, right? Them my pastor handed out a paper asking church members if that would be something they would be interested in. The response was overwhelmingly positive, Yes!

    The results of the Pastors questionnaire, showed a large number of the church body did not know how to study the Bible. My wife and I began to think just how many Christians really know how to study the Bible.
    Perhaps there is the assumption that once a person comes to confess Jesus Christ, they are expected to just start reading the Bible without anyone teaching them how to read the Bible.

    Are you willing to share how you study the Bible, or perhaps what difficulties you are experiencing studding the Bible. Sharing your experiences one way or the other might help someone here, or can help someone reading this post.

    There is no one that best or worst, but I will use your answer to share with a group I am in at church,unless you say not to. Thank you all so much!



    justme

    #2
    Excellent topic.

    Within weeks of really following the Lord the Jehovah's Witnesses came to my door. I just thought they were Christians but when they told me that Jesus was created, I believe it was the Holy Spirit telling me that what I just heard was a lie. The next visit we had a "discussion" about it. There was so much I didn't know but God protected me. They never came back. I said to myself that if/when I encounter anyone who denies the Deity of Christ I should be ready.

    So here is how I studied the Bible:
    1. Get passages which demonstrate the Deity of Christ. Memorize them. And then be able to defend them if challenged.
    2. Find out the passages misused to attack the Deity of Christ. And then be able to challenge their misuse.

    Do the same thing concerning the Holy Spirit.

    When finished (no one is really "finished") then you can adequately defend the Trinity.

    Then I thought, "what other teachings are usually attacked by those who either claim to be Christians (but aren't) or who belong to other religions"?
    As with the above I did the same with:
    Salvation
    The Virgin Birth of Christ
    The Resurrection of Christ

    Then I began to study the teachings of other beliefs and found biblical arguments on how to refute them. Such groups were the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Islam, Oneness Pentecostalism, etc.
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      #3
      Thanks for this great topic. I would say my number one priority when studying the Bible is to always pray for the Holy Spirit to direct me and give me wisdom. This is because the Bible is spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). At times I find myself having to refer to many other places in the Bible to understand a certain topic because I believe the Bible does not contradict itself and there are many places where a certain topic is more clear than in other places, so a good study Bible will have verse references to direct you. The concordance is also a great place to find verses on a specific topic. And sometimes I use the Strong's KJV online to see the original Hebrew or Greek words to see what the writers were trying to convey in the words they chose. It's also very important to know that Jesus is the main theme from Genesis to Revelation, and you will find the plan of salvation all throughout the Bible. Many of the Old Testament stories are typologies of Christ's mission, and when we keep in mind what that mission is, we will see new details unfold and find a more deep appreciation for God's word. God bless you all in your studies.
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        #4
        I start out every year Intending to follow a study program starting with Genesis -- a few chapters at a time and Matthew the same way. I get side-tracked easily. I also do CBS studies -- going through Acts right now and it uses lots of cross-references. And I'm on this forum a lot with discussions on various topics. Oh, ya, and in S. S. we're going through the book of Mark. My brain goes on over-load. CBS is only during the school year - so I have the summer off. In short - there are Lots of avenues to study the Bible -- it's Usually taking the time TO read it.

        There are also word studies -- book studies -- topic studies.

        So -- pick a way of reading that you can share with others what you're reading.
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          #5
          I study using Matthew Henry commentary mainly. I agree that it is good to pray before studying the Bible.
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            #6
            Stand on the shoulders of theological giants; read "systematic theology" books.

            Acts 8:28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”

            God gave some men the gift to be pastors and teachers...take advantage of their gifts.
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              #7
              Originally posted by CDF47 View Post
              I study using Matthew Henry commentary mainly. I agree that it is good to pray before studying the Bible.


              There's a Precepts class I was in for a while -- it wasn't local and I needed to be more local. But-- they highly encouraged us to read any passage first ourselves. Read it several times -- try outlining the passage. What are We getting from it? Personally. Then go to a commentary and see what the commentator says. Maybe various commentaries. Compare their ideas with yours.

              God's Word has been translated into most languages so that the individual can read it personally. No one is confined to what the pastor or commentator is sharing with us. And, yes, lots of people have the spiritual gift of teaching His Word. The church I grew up in had a wonderful pastor/teacher and it was a Big church -- large S. S. attendance -- youth camps, choirs. And a growing community.

              And I 'Google' a lot of questions -- watching out for the source of the information.

              It's easy to be content with 'pre-chewed' Scripture.
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                #8
                Originally posted by Sue D. View Post
                And I 'Google' a lot of questions -- watching out for the source of the information

                Good point.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Sue D. View Post



                  There's a Precepts class I was in for a while -- it wasn't local and I needed to be more local. But-- they highly encouraged us to read any passage first ourselves. Read it several times -- try outlining the passage. What are We getting from it? Personally. Then go to a commentary and see what the commentator says. Maybe various commentaries. Compare their ideas with yours.

                  God's Word has been translated into most languages so that the individual can read it personally. No one is confined to what the pastor or commentator is sharing with us. And, yes, lots of people have the spiritual gift of teaching His Word. The church I grew up in had a wonderful pastor/teacher and it was a Big church -- large S. S. attendance -- youth camps, choirs. And a growing community.

                  And I 'Google' a lot of questions -- watching out for the source of the information.

                  It's easy to be content with 'pre-chewed' Scripture.
                  That is great advice for studying the Bible. I will do that. I use Google a lot too, but your right, you have to watch the sources. Sometimes I use multiple commentaries as well.
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