I don’t know about you but I’m always striving to understand the Bible at a deeper level. I want to grow from milk to meat in my understanding (1 Corinthians 3:2).
Recently I discovered the Restored Church of God website. Here you will find many books, booklets and articles to read and study from. It has definitely challenged some of the things I have heard and been taught and inspired me to dig deeper to understand scripture for myself, especially when something catches my heart.
To me, that is a good thing…and I encourage you to do the same.
This article outlines the 12 rules of effective Bible study. All of these I have been taught, but I have never really seen them in such a neat, concise description as this.
It has been a great reminder for me to apply all of them each time I read or hear God’s word. My desire is that you get the same benefits and blessings from this article as I have.
Below is an excerpt from The Rules of Effective Bible Study:
Most who study the Bible benefit little—or not at all. Often, they become confused, discouraged and give up, saying, “I just can’t understand.”
If this is you, it need not continue.
Did you know there are fundamental—basic—rules that govern proper Bible study?
There are! And most ignore, misunderstand or know nothing of them. Yet, when properly applied, these rules unlock the treasures of doctrine, instruction, knowledge, prophecy—and more—contained in God’s Word.
Here they are!
Rule #1: Ask God for Guidance
Before beginning your Bible study, ask God to open your mind to better understand the Bible’s spiritual principles.
Also pray for guidance and wisdom as to what to study. Then focus on a particular topic, book or chapter. As God opens your understanding, what is confusing to the world becomes interesting and exciting to you.
Review what King David recorded in Psalms 119:33-40. Carefully digest each verse and each word of this passage. We must all come to view God’s Word in this light.
Asking for and receiving understanding from God is no small thing. Many scholars and men of great intelligence have mastered the Hebrew and Greek languages, and spent their lives translating and analyzing each verse of the Bible—yet they do not get its message.
Continue reading at The Rules of Effective Bible Study.
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