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How to Study the Bible

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Why study the Bible? It’s not for spiritual knowledge. It’s to get to know God and to have a closer relationship with Him.

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7).

How to study the Bible:

  1. Find a modern translation of Scripture. The message is unchanged, but the language is like people talk today. The King James Version is beautifully written and was a great “modern” translation in the early 1600s but language has changed. People don’t talk like that today.
  2. Start with Jesus—read one of the Gospels. Ask God to help you see and know Jesus. Mark is like a newspaper account; Matthew and Luke like a weekly periodical. John is like an authoritative biography.
  3. Read a few verses a day and reflect: What is God saying to me?
  4. Study Scripture in light of Scripture: one verse in light of the chapter; the chapter in light of the book; and the Old Testament in light of the New Testament.
  5. Seek to join others in Bible study with a knowledgeable Christ-centered and Spirit-led teacher.

Why study the Bible? It’s not for spiritual knowledge. It’s to get to know God and have a closer relationship with Him. Any other reason is missing the point.

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