Aug 23

Bible StudyHere are a few of thoughts on Bible study concerning how to, what to, tips, and ideas. I am working in my own life to do more Bible reading and more Bible study.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim 2:15.

What Bible study should bring you:
1. Bring an increase in personal holiness.
2. Create a greater desire for God.
3. Convict of the need of more personal prayer.
4. Help us to have a greater concern for the lost.
4. Give us a realization of how little we know.
5. Cause a thankfulness for salvation to well up in our soul.
6. Provide us with the ability to present Bible truths in a clearer way.
7. Make us more settled and convinced of the truth of the Bible.

How you should study the Bible:
1. With much prayer.
2. With a teachable and humble spirit.
3. Both by subject and by book.
4. Using Bible study tools.
5. In a consistent manner.

How you should not study the Bible:
1. So you can win doctrinal debates.
2. To impress others with your knowledge.

Bible study tips:
1. If you are studying subjects where Christians hold different views, study not only the view you hold but the other views also.
2. If you are using books to help with a subject get books that present all views fairly and study all views. You could use the Five Views on… or Four Views on… series for this.
3. You study should primarily be the Bible on books.
4. Be balanced in your study of practical and doctrinal subjects.
5. Study subjects where you lack grace of understanding. Mercy, Judgement, fruit of the Spirit, etc.
6. Be careful your head knowledge doesn’t pass your heart knowledge.
7. If you have a computer get a free copy of e-Sword Bible software.

Bible study ideas:
1. Study a complete book and write an outline on each chapter.
2. Get a harmony of the gospels and read and study your way though the gospels.

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3 Responses to “Study Your Bible”

  1. 1. allan Says:

    GREAT stuff !

  2. 2. vondi Says:

    I read this with interest. You have laid out a very careful course of study if we wish to follow our human intellect and Man’s teaching. However you left out the most important guide to studying the Word.
    “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” I John 2 : 27

    If we rely on MAN we will come to confusion. And look at the religious world around us. The massive confusion is a direct result of men who set out to study the Word in their own wisdom and without the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    Lay aside your organized study and your outlines and everything that Man has written concerning the biblical doctrine. Spend your time in prayerful reading of the Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct your mind and your reading from place to place. The Spirit will guide you truthfully and you will avoid confusion and false conclusions and doctrines.

  3. 3. bob Says:

    >>>You have laid out a very careful course of study if we wish to follow our human intellect and Man’s teaching.

    I would disagree. The article is quite clear that we need to study our Bible with prayer. While I didn’t lay out what one should pray as they are studying their Bible I would expect Christian to pray the following.

    1. As the Lord to reveal his Word to you. Pray for understanding and the Spirit of God will be your teacher.

    >>>If we rely on MAN we will come to confusion.

    I would agree if we “rely” on man we will not do well but also we need to keep in mind that God gave gifts to man…

    Eph 4:11-14
    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    >>>Lay aside your organized study and your outlines and everything that Man has written concerning the biblical doctrine.

    Not at all. There is no different between reading what a godly man has written or listening to them preach.

    >>>Spend your time in prayerful reading of the Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct your mind and your reading from place to place.

    I did suggest that one study the Word “with much prayer”. But I suggest one study by books or by topic not just wander from place to place.

    I don’t know where you are coming from vondi but if you totall disagree with this article I feel like you are confused.

    However I still think you have made some valid point. The article needs to emphasis being guided by the Spirit, and prayer needs to be emphasized more.

    While I feel like your spirit is to critical to see the good advise in this article I thank you anyway for bringing to my notice that I should emphasis stronger the guidance of the Spirit and prayerfulness while studying.

    Christian love and prayers,

    Bob.

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