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How to Study the Bible

Have you ever looked at your Bible and thought, “I don’t know enough to open the Bible and know what it says” or “I’ve always wondered what God says about (fill in the blank)”?

Don’t worry. You are not alone. Millions of dollars are spent every year on Christian Living books and Bible Study books. So many don’t get completely read, studies have only the first lesson or two finished. Then they sit on the shelf collecting dust. Then so many of us think, “Maybe my translation of the Bible is too difficult. Maybe, if I got another translation that is easier to read, I’ll understand it better.

I speak from experience. When I first had my heart opened by God to receive Jesus, I was hungry. Starving for God’s Word. And didn’t know how to read it. Oh, I had Bibles….. plural. I had a loyalty card at the Bible Bookstore near my house and spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on Bibles, Christian Living books, Bible Studies, Bible Software, Bible tabs, Bible covers, highlighters, pens the wouldn’t bleed through. I was, possibly, the one of the best highlighter/pen/pencil equipped persons at church on Sunday. I took notes, highlighted…… and was learning nothing about God’s Word.

Now a decade later, I have learned HOW to study. It’s a lot of work and takes diligence and dedication but it is well worth it. I have been blessed to know God like I have never known Him before. And with that comes the realization that I will never be done studying God’s Word or learning about Him.

You can learn too. You can go from flying over Scripture, seeing it from 30,000 feet to pouring over it with a magnifying glass to DISCERN TRUTH.

One of the ways is to take a Free Online class on How To Study. Here is a great class with two different time offerings.

https://belovedtruth.com/event/how-to-study-your-bible-online-class/

August 31 – November 16, 2021 Tuesdays, 6 – 8 PM Central Time Zone

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https://belovedtruth.com/event/how-to-study-your-bible-online-foundations-class/

September 2 – November 18, 2021 Thursdays, 1 – 3 PM Central Time Zone

I hope this blesses you today. You are not alone, I wish there was a class like this available to me when I got started. Pastor Jim does a great job!

My dear friends who love studying the Word as much as I do:

As we study God’s Word we have to be careful not to avoid the third step of the process. The first two take painstaking time and effort to make sure we understand the Bible correctly. However, it is the third step that will transform our lives, making us more Christ-like. Here is an article I read regarding this last, most important step of study. Enjoy!

Bible Study is Painful

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BY RYAN HIGGINBOTTOM

Fitsum Admasu (2019), public domain

When we say that an activity is “uncomfortable,” sometimes we’re just being nice. We often sugar coat reality when we throw out the terms “messy,” “unpleasant,” “awkward,” or “disagreeable.”

Some jobs, projects, and habits are painful. They might be good for us, even necessary for our lives, but they hurt. And it is healthy for us to confront that truth.

The Hard Work of Application

Studying the Bible is painful work. Here I’m not referring to the discipline needed to study the Scriptures. I’m not even talking about the intellectual labor and focus that such study demands. No, the hardest work of Bible study comes in application.

All of the steps of Bible study are important, and none are a cinch. Application may be the hardest step, however, since it is the most personal. In application, we are forced to change. And rare is the person who likes to change.

If the idea of application is new or confusing, check out our page of Bible study instruction. Application is the third step of the OIA (Observation, Interpretation, Application) process we promote on this blog, and we’ve written a lot about application.

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New Way of Studying Inductively

Today, I was listening to a book titled “Grasping God’s Word” by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. It provides a new perspective for me with regard to interpreting God’s Word. It uses the normal Observation, Interpretation, Application skeleton, but fleshes it out in a whole new way. A great read. I am by no means finished with it and may not in the end find it useful, but so far, I love the concept and different approach.

Grasping God’s Word

Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays @ cbd.com