How2Study the Bible
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
For the past two Sundays I have taken a class called How2Study the Bible. The purpose of the class was to give basic instruction on how to Observe, Interpret & Apply the wide variety of principles in the bible. I’ve included a few notes that I wanted to share with you all to get you thinking about how you spend your time in the word of God.
The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years. It is made up of 66 books or manuscripts and was written by at least 40 different authors. The books of the bible are NOT in chronological order.
There are four basic types of literature in the Old Testament:
Law | History | Poetry | Prophets
There are four basic types of literature in the New Testament:
The Gospels (written by those who walked & talked with Jesus | History | Letters | Prophecy
There are 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. They are written in the following languages – Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. And were written in Africa, Asia and a bit of Europe.
How2Study the Bible
1. Study the Bible regularly & frequently.
Some helpful tools:
Find a consistent time and place
Find a plan in approaching scripture. <– This will force you to dive into areas of scripture that you normally would not get to.
2. Study the Bible for both devotion and instruction.
3. Study the breadth and depth of scripture.
4. Restructure your life.
~ If you are like me, when I read the Bible a million “to-do” items pop up in my head causing me to lose focus. So, next time you spend time reading the bible, have an index card next to you to write out those items on your to-do list for the day. Trust me, it works.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
1) How well do you understand the Gospel? (Do you know what it is?)
2) How do I need to restructure my life to live more in the presence of God?