What the Bible Has to Say About Studying the Bible
Studying the Bible should play an important role in the daily routine of any Christian. But what does the Bible tell us about the very act of Bible study itself?
You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word. I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments. The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments. I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.
- The stories of the Old Testament were “written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11, English Standard Version). What’s your favorite Bible story? Name three lessons from that story that have changed how you live your life.
- What are the benefits of regular Bible study? (See Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; and Proverbs 9:9.)
- Can we understand the full meaning of Scripture without God’s help? (See 2 Corinthians 3:12-16.) Do you feel it’s important to ask God for that help before you study? Why or why not? (See Isaiah 66:1-2.)
- Paul said that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV). Have you ever been corrected by the content of your own Bible study? Was it easy or hard to accept? Why do you think that is?
- What is the importance of seeking out the context of a scripture (compared to zeroing in on a single verse)? Find a verse that can easily be misunderstood when it is removed from its proper context.
- James told us to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). What strategies do you have to make sure you’re putting the truths you learn into practice?
- The Word of God is “living and powerful . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Name three specific ways Bible study can help us understand ourselves better.
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