Bible Study Tips and Tools
Have you ever tried reading the Bible and just didn’t seem to get it? Ever been discouraged at the size of the book – not knowing where to start? You’re not alone! It is a big book written by the Creator of heaven and earth and so it stands to reason that it will take a bit more effort than just picking up a novel or newspaper. The difference is this – while novels and such may entertain us for a little while, the Bible has the potential to bring us eternal happiness and contentment. A grand and wonderful claim for you and your family.
Here are several tips for getting started with Bible study:
- Determine why you want to read the Bible:
(Here’s a suggestion: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. John 17:3)
Each time you begin to read, ask God for help in understanding. God has invited us to do just that: “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
- Be Patient and Persistant:
Remember it is a big book, and it will take time – there is no shortcut to understanding the Bible. Give it time, consistant time. It is helpful to devote time each day to reading – even 15 minutes a day – you will be amazed at how far you get! The wise man Solomon in the book of Proverbs describes our efforts to read and know God as searching for hid treasure – not necessarily easy, but wonderfully rewarding. So keep digging! (Proverbs 2:1-5)
- Ask Questions:
Get used to asking questions – even write them down – you will be surprised how often the answer comes up within the next few pages or chapters. If you have trouble, contact us and maybe we can help (contact information on front page).
- Be Organised:
Determine a consistant way to ready the Bible. Many Bibles have a suggested reading planner to help get through the Bible in a set time. If you don’t have one contact us and we will be happy to send you a free planner that we’ve found helpful (contact information on front page).
Keep a dictionary – preferably a Bible dictionary or concordance with you so when you get to any difficult words, you can look them up and get a better understanding of the passage.
Did we mention patience? Again, this is so important; give it time and you will see the joy of coming to know God and his Son, Jesus Christ and building your faith in them. Reading the Bible is the only way! Romans tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (10:17).
Be encouraged, stick it out and read your Bible today!