How Can I Understand the Bible?
Today’s Bible reading: John 7, 8, 9
As mentioned in chapter 2, the Bible is one of the best ways by which a person can grow spiritually. There are five ways to make the Bible a part of your life.
Hear the Word-
The Bible is often called “the Word” because it is God’s way of communicating with us. We use our words to express ourselves to others, God uses the Bible to express himself to us.
Because hearing is one way of receiving the Word of God into our lives, it is important that you form the habit of attending church services as often as possible. There you will hear the pastor and other mature Christians preach and teach the Word of God
Form the habit, too, of sitting near the front of the Church, so you will not be distracted. Always take your Bible and look up the passages the speaker refers to. Take notes; it will help you remember helpful points.
Read the Word-
Another way to get the Word of God into your life is to read it regularly. The kind of habits we form determine our character, and one of the the best habits you can form is to read the Bible every day.
Set a reasonable pace for yourself. Start by reading 15 minutes in the morning perhaps the same amount before going bed at night. Carry a New Testament and read it during lunch time.
You may wasn’t to use a Bible in which you can underline with a pen and perhaps write notes in the margin.
Study the Word-
Studying takes more time, but is a valuable exercise. For studying you will need a longer period, an hour at least-perhaps some evening you have free.
Memorize the Word –
Notice that each of these suggestions becomes more challenging. But memorization is one way of obeying the verse, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart” (Psalm 119:11)
Start with some of the verses listed in each chapter. First, look at the various parts, noticing what each means. This is very important. Then notice the important words. For example, in Psalm 119:11 the important words are “word,” “hid,” and “heart.” Memorize the references, too.
Meditate on the word-
After you have heard, read, studied and memorized the Bible, you have something to meditate on. In the many spare moments, during the day-working around the house, waiting for an elevator, driving down the street- you can put your mind in gear and meditate on Bible verse you learned. If you can’t sleep at night, try thinking about a passage or verse from the Bible.
Understanding the Bible-
There’s nothing mysterious about the Bible. Just think of it as God’s way of talking to you. However, this outline will help you understand any part of the Bible, long or short.
Points – What does this passage or verse say? What are the various parts? What are the subjects it speaks of?
Problems. What does this verse or passage say that you don’t understand? Write down the problems and find the answers later, by your study, or by asking another Christian.
Parallels. What similar thoughts are found elsewhere in the Bible? The more you study, the more help you will have here.
Promises. What blessings and helps are stated or implied?
Perils. What warnings do you find?
Precepts. What commands are stated or implied for you to obey?
Bible Study for Today
What attitude will help a person to know if certain teachings are true?
What happens to the one who believes on Jesus?
How can we really be Jesus’ disciples?
What will the truth do for people?
Good verses to memorize
John 7:37; 8:12; 8:32