It is important to study the Bible with other Christians. God has brought us together into a community of believers and wants us to use our collective knowledge and spiritual gifts to bless one another. Romans chapter 12, 1 Corinthians chapter 12, and 1 Peter chapter 4 give us a host of reasons why it is preferable to study Scripture in groups. If you study with others, you will discover insights that you might never have found alone. One of the best Bible study groups to join is the Sunday morning Bible study at your church. Your pastor can guide you into the depths of God’s Word. God wants his people to study his Word together. Continue reading
Many people do not open their Bibles unless they have some key questions about certain doctrines or they need help with certain problems they are having. However, it is always better to have a regular habit of reading the Scriptures regardless of whether you have burning questions or problems. That way your growth is not dictated by the occasional struggles of life but rather by the beautiful revelation of Scripture as the Holy Spirit planned to deliver it.
Having said this, it can be very helpful to study the Bible as a reference book. It answers all of life’s most important questions. If you are in a discussion with someone about an important teaching of the Bible and the two of you have a disagreement or you are uncertain, you will feel confident when you find out what the Bible has to say.
Another approach to Bible reading is to choose a book and focus on that one book for while. You could start with one of the shorter books like Ruth, Esther, 1 Peter, or James. First read the book in one sitting without any analytical thinking on your part at all. Just let the words and thoughts of the text settle into your heart and mind. Then look up the background to the book in a study Bible or Bible commentary. Notice who the author is, when it was written, why it was written, and look at an outline of the book. Then reread the book slowly, watching for repeating phrases and the main points the author is making. You might want to write down any verses that seem to jump out at you as you are reading. You can go back to these verses later to review what they are teaching you. Continue reading
Since you know that the Bible is God’s Word, it is understandable that you would want to read every word of it. Lots of people read the Bible straight through from cover to cover. It has its advantages. First of all, you really get to know the whole story of the Bible. Second, you know that at least once you will have seen every passage. Also, after reading the entire Bible, other sections of the Bible will make better sense. Many of the biblical narratives refer to previous events, and it helps to have already read those stories. The New Testament quotes from and alludes to many Old Testament passages. If you have read the Old Testament already, you will see how deeply rooted the New Testament is in the Old. Continue reading
“Do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham” (Matthew 3:9).
“Jesus said to [Zacchaeus], ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost’ ” (Luke 19:9,10).
Abraham’s Physical Children
“Like father, like son.” Children often resemble their parents— not only in appearance, but also in attitudes and actions. God declares that Abraham is our spiritual parent. In one vital way, all Christians are like him.