Wednesday, September 30, 2015

study the Word of God


It is Wednesday, and I am continuing to share the Navigators’ Hand Illustration (click THIS LINK to learn more) helping us get more in to the word of God.  See the picture above for the pieces of the illustration.

Acts 17:11  NLT
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

There are many ways to study the Bible, and all of them are good.  Yet your learning style and preferences should lead you to the best way to study.  Choose a way and start!  There is treasure ready to find and fruit ready to pick.

You can study the Bible by topics.  Use tools such as online websites with notes and books or commentaries.  Choose your topic, and dig in with the tools and look at the Bible.  Another way to study the Bible is going chapter by chapter in a book of the Bible.  Work through it, looking up parts of what you read in the tools you have chosen to use.  You can study the Bible by book or by an author.  You can study it chronologically by the times it was written in.  There are many ways.

I have two favorite ways to study the Bible.  The first is word study.  Take the verses you are reading, use tools to help you study and look at each verse and the words in the verse.  The other way I study is paragraph by paragraph or thought by thought.  This is actually the way I prepare most of my sermons.

The point is to get in God’s word and learn.  There reason is treasure in it given to you from God.  Dig in. 

When you study, take notes.  When you study, apply the principles that God leads you to.  When you study, pray that God guides you and gives you insight.  The Holy Spirit is the best teacher of all!  Dig in.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

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