Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Plan for Bible Study

Part 2 of "The Holy Bible" Series

The student of God's Word needs a plan (like a builder needs a blueprint). Of course, every person is unique, so there probably isn't one plan that works best for everyone.

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Here is a plan that I would recommend:
  • Choose a book of the Bible. Most devotional books skip from one book to another each day, but reading through one book allows you to get the context of a passage (one of the basic needs for good biblical interpretation).
  • Start with prayer. The prophets were "carried along by the Holy Spirit" as they spoke (2 Peter 1:21), and we need to be illuminated by the Spirit as we read (1 Cor. 2:12-14).
  • Read the entire book. Reading the entire book in one sitting helps you to understand the theme and purpose of the book.
  • Slow down and read the book verse-by-verse. Don't rush. Meditate upon Scripture. Let it sink into your heart and mind.
  • As you read, ask yourself some questions. What does this passage say? What does it mean? How does it apply to my life?

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