How to Study the Bible
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Read a few verses a day and reflect: What is God saying to me?
- 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.
- 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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