Bible Study Starts and Tips
I wonder if you wonder…can God’s Word ever make any sense to me?
I wonder if you wonder…can God’s Word reach into my real life and give me hope and strength?
I wonder if you wonder…is God’s Word really any different from all the other historical books?
Welcome. I am so glad you are here. I’ve been in all of these wondering places, too.
Actually, I really hope you are wondering. Because, wondering leads to searching. And when you search for God, He promises that you will find Him.
A Few Things To Start
God’s Word is for you!
God’s Word is His very words. And, He wrote it with you in mind- to share with you a love story in which you are the center of His attention. All that He says is for you to know, wherever you are.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105, NIV
God’s Word is not your typical old-book-from-long-ago.
It is not only a history book. It is not only a collection of wise sayings. It is not only full of inspirational sayings. God’s Word is His message to us. He can breathe life and understanding and salvation into our souls because His Spirit resides there (Ephesians 6:17).
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12, NIV
God’s Word is about action.
If you only read God’s Word to feel better, you are missing the boat! Yes, it will make you feel better. But, only because God will enter your heart, change you, heal you, and rescue you from yourself. For this kind of change in your life, God’s Word is to be followed and obeyed. What He says to do, do it totally. It’s not a menu to pick and chose what you want. It’s all or nothing. Obey Him or not.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22, NIV
God’s Word is just what you are searching for.
All that we need to know about living a good, honoring, pure, abundant life is found in God’s Word. It instructs us how to live through obedience.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9, NIV
Of course this is not a comprehensive list, but a good one to get started with.
Bible Study Tips
Have paper and pen handy.
I use this Moleskine journal and these Le Pen pens. They are awesome and just encourage a delightful experience when you are using beautiful tools. Plus, when I write out my thoughts and prayer, I’m more focused and really dig deeper than I would otherwise.
Realize it’s not about you.
It’s not about your smarts or brain power to understand or build application from what you are reading. You don’t change you. God’s changes you in miraculous ways just by reading, studying, and obeying His Word. That’s what is so unique and beautifully powerful about the Bible. It is God’s very words so He will move in and change you through them.
Embrace the awkward feeling.
I know it feels weird when you don’t know things (like who Rahab was or where a book of the Bible is found). But, it’s ok. Breathe. It’s not about you anyway, right? You are a new learner so give kindness to yourself and keep moving forward. Look in the table of contents to find a book. Ask questions if you don’t understand. The awkward feeling won’t stay around forever. Embrace it.
Purchase a translation of the Bible that is easy to understand.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s the deal with all the different Bible translations, here’s a wonderful explanation and list of the major translations. I usually switch back and forth between a number of different translations.