7 Tips to a Better Bible Study
If you are looking for a closer relationship with God, a good place to start is reading the Bible.
But if you are like me, the Bible may seem like an intimidating book to read and comprehend. The Bible may look like an outdated book written hundreds of years ago in a language we just don't understand. After all, how can an old book help us in our daily lives in these modern times? Well for starters, there is an answer in the Bible for every problem we have. It is actually a book written for ALL times. The key to understanding what is inside is your own determination and will power. Now keep in mind I'm not a preacher or minister of any kind. I'm not a Bible scholar. I'm just your average person who was looking for some answers. Here are some guidelines I used that have helped me. Use some or all. I hope this helps you in some way.
Find the right Bible translation. The King James Version can sound beautiful when read or spoken. But for an average person it might be too hard to find any meaning. It speaks in a language we're not used to. It can be a distraction. The version I like and understand is the New Living translation. The Bible scholars who have translated it have made it easier to read and understand. The best thing to do is go to a local Christian bookstore and look at the many different translations. You should be able to find the translation that is right for you. Someone there should be happy to help you.
Student and Study Bibles
Find a Study or Student Bible. Study Bibles help you understand difficult passages. Some have graphs, charts, and maps. For example, my Study Bible has an outline of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It shows you what the four Gospels have in common and how they differ.
Who Wrote the Bible?
Learn who wrote the Bible. Again if you use a Study/Student Bible it will show you who wrote what books. For example, Paul wrote most of the New Testament. But did you know that some of Paul's books were actually letters? Learning where, why, and when the Bible books were written can help you grasp more meaning from the Scriptures.
Get a Bible dictionary. This will help you when you come across a word that you can't grasp. Some Bibles have an abridged dictionary towards the back.
Get a Bible concordance. This will help you look up certain words in the Bible and find where they are at. Again some Bibles have a concordance towards the back.
Find a Spiritual advisor. Someone like a preacher. Or it can just be someone who attends church and has some wisdom they can share with you.
Finally, the most important advice I can offer. Take the time to pray to God. Ask that He give you the help and wisdom you need to understand His Word.
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