Tuesday, September 22, 2015
If you have been reading the last two posts and the earlier postings on Bible Study Method, you may be wondering just when are you going to find the time to do all this. After all, you still have to go to work and earn a living. You still have to shop. And so on.
None of these methods are meant to be a 24/7 program. They all take a scheduled period of time.
I would suggest you have a period of time set up when you can be alone with your Bible and pad and pen or pencil. You need to open with prayer.."Open my eyes that I may see what you have in this passage for me.". or something like that. Remember, it is a period of time you are setting aside to hear what God is saying to you.
Application is the goal here. What does it say? What is going on? How can I apply it?
Don't worry if it doesn't grab you. The idea is that you are dedicating this period of time to this discipline. It is your faithfulness God is looking for.
Have a set portion to read. You may only be able to dedicate this time once a week. Or maybe twice a week. If that is all you are able to do, that is all that is required. As time goes on you will find you need to spend more time on it and when that time comes you will adjust..
Monday, September 14, 2015
As in the previous Bible Study Method we must prepare ourselves for the study. Clear your known sins away by starting with confession. 1John says if we will confess our sins God will be faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. .
He is able to do this because of the cross. When we become Christians our sins are nailed to the cross with Jesus who has become our sin bearing lamb.
Which means the best way to study the Bible and understand it is by first acknowledging Jesus as the son of God who bore our sins and the penalty of sins on the cross. He collected the wage so you don't have to. That wage being separation forever from God.
Our first Bible study method would be the devotional method.
The goal of all Bible study should be application. But before application we have to do some reading and questioning. So we will start out by praying for insight on how to apply the portion of scripture to our life. The next big step would be to locate that passage we want to study. Once located we should make an application and record it. Lastly we must within the passage we have selected to study and apply we should memorize a verse which we have decided is key.
The secret to knowing the scripture is the applying of scripture.
Application is hard work. It should be personal, practical, possible and provable.
Let me know how you are doing.
As I said, feedback or I won't know if you are enjoying and wanting what I can offer you.
Friday, September 11, 2015
It seems the readers of this blog gravitate to the section long ago concerning the Bible Study Methods such as ABC method or the chapter summery or topical.
I need feedback and input this time around. Treat me as your guide.
A method that I have run across is one which needs no tools other than a Bible and a notebook to jot down ideas.
It is not completely a book study. Even if it is suggested you start this method with a book like the Gospel of John or Acts, or Romans.. maybe a psalm or proverb.
Read a portion such as a chapter five (5) times. Maybe even once aloud to get the flow. Next you name the section.. in this case a chapter.
John One. beginnings .Just a suggestion. Name it so you will remember what you read there so you can tell others in conversation the main idea of that section. And also to bring it to memory.
Always look for a verse in that section to memorize.
Or maybe you enjoy writing and would like to do a general narrative.
I am doing one blog that reads like a general overview of the stories and characters in the Bible.
As I said, just an example of what can be done.
In postings to come , if I can generate an interest, I can help you in your Bible Study Methods.