Doing bible study daily as a good habit helps grow your faith which is shaped by your current belief system. The stronger your faith, the bigger and wider is your hope which is more future aspiration oriented. God is always prompting us to focus on the future…how far out into the future? Try eternity!
It starts with what you do today, and every day.
Observation is the most basic step in Bible study. Misinterpretation is often the result of careless reading. Only when we know what the passage says can we interpret what it means. Before each lesson, read the passage closely. Read it a few times until you become familiar with it. Observe words, phrases, paragraph structure, relationships, emphases, as well as anything that seems unusual. In doing so, you will discover things that you could never have if you read it casually.
USE A PENCIL
Keep your pen or pencil busy by recording your observations and thoughts as you go through the passage. Mark key words and phrases. Take note of the relationship between words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. Jotting your observations down on paper helps you focus your mind on the Bible text and leaves a much deeper impression on your mind. Your notes will also become valuable reference material the next time you come back to the passage.
STUDY WITH PRAYER
“No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:11). The guidance of the Holy Spirit is key to understanding and being inspired by God’s word. Pray every day and ask God to reveal to you the truth in His words. Whenever you come across a difficult passage, rely on the Holy Spirit by putting it in your prayer. Through your life of prayer, God will open your inner eyes to know His will and give you the strength to put it into practice.
LET THE WORD SPEAK TO YOU
Bible study is not an intellectual exercise. Its aim is to change the reader in his thoughts, behavior, and lifestyle to conform to God’s will. The final goal of every Bible study is to apply God’s word in our lives. God reveals His will to the humble. So always approach the Bible with an attitude to be taught and corrected. When you are willing to let God’s word be a mirror to reflect your shortcomings and are determined to carry out His command, your Bible study will have achieved its intended purpose.
I invite you to join us on this journey of faith and hope by taking the first step, in attending our Fall Evangelical Services and Spiritual Convocation (ESSC) from September 14 to 17, 2023 at our church located as follows:
4N550 Church Road
Bensenville, IL 60106
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