The Careful Bible Study

To study the Bible is not a choice that a Christian can decide to do or not to do, but it is the duty of all Christians to study the word of God. When studying the word of God Christians must be careful in their approach in order to get the most of of their time spent in the Bible. Here are three simple tips that are crucial for studying the Bible.

1. The first Tip is to approach Bible study through prayer. Do not simply jump into reading a passage of scripture without first going to the Lord in prayer. The way to approach your Bible study is to ask the Holy Spirit to be your guide, to open up the word of God for you and to assist you in understanding.

2. Do not skip around in the Bible. Pick one book and read all the way through that book before moving on to other areas in the Bible. I would suggest if you are a new Christian to read all four Gospel accounts before moving on to any other area of scripture. When we read books we do not simply open a book and read a paragraph here and there and then the next time we open the book and randomly start reading some other portion. The Bible should be approach the same way in order to understand what we are reading we must allow the Bible to present its content fully.

3. The third tip for Bible study is to highlight or take notes of what you’re reading. By highlighting or taking notes it will help you absorb and memorize more of the Bible then you would otherwise if you was just reading through it.

The word of God is our means as Christians to understanding God. Frequent Bible study is crucial for growing our faith. By approaching Bible study in prayer and by reading the Bible in proper order and highlighting or taking notes are three simple tips that allows a Christian to grasp the word of God more fully.

Growing in Faith

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“ His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,  knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,  godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love” (2 Peter 1:3-7, HCSB).[1]

The above passage of scripture is known by many as the ladder of faith. The Bible teaches Christians to nurture their faith throughout their earthly life. A Christian who becomes complacent and is not actively seeking to grow their faith, will run the risk of operating outside the will of God. To grow faith one must constantly seek God in prayer.

The importance of prayer to the Christian walk can never be overstated. There are many issues facing the church in modern times. There is a need to fix the issue of biblical illiteracy.[2]  A need exists to better engage the community with evangelism. Furthermore, there is a need to teach the importance of love. These issues and more need to be addressed by the church.

However, one could surmise these challenges could be reduced to one major problem. The church needs to rediscover God. This is not to claim all Christians need to receive a PhD in Theology. The academic pursuit of God through the study of Theology is a noble pursuit, but this head knowledge of God is not sufficient to confront the current challenges facing the church.  Christians need to know God through an intimate personal relationship with him.

The first step for a Christian to develop their faith and build a personal relationship with God is to develop a real prayer life. A Christian should be praying daily, and communicating with God about all aspects of their life. This type of prayer is far greater than a routine prayer. A Christian should have a prayer list and a conversation ready when they approach the throne of their heavenly Father.

Real prayer has great power. Scripture gives a shining example as to the magnitude of the grace of God when a servant of God approaches His throne through sincere prayer. Moses knew God on a personal level, and God knew Moses, scripture states  “Please pardon the wrongdoing of this people, in keeping with the greatness of Your faithful love, just as You have forgiven them from Egypt until now. The Lord responded, “I have pardoned them as you requested” (Numbers 14:19-20). This is the type of response one can receive when God is not only their King but their best friend as well.

[1] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the Holman Christian Standard Bible, (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009).

[2] D.A. Carson, Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014), xi.

Bibliography

Carson, D.A. Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014