Bible Study

Bible study is essential to Christian living. Through the Bible we learn God's truth and God's will. Yet many Christians neglect regular Bible study. In some cases, they have not been taught how to study the Bible by their families or their churches. Here are some suggested introductory methods.

First, I recommend the survey method. This involves reading over the Bible to get an overall picture of its history and teachings. I suggest reading a chapter a day from the Old and the New Testament each. Old Testament readings can begin in Genesis. Please do not give up when you hit the geneologies and details of the Tabernacle. In the New Testament, I suggest beginning in the Gospel of John, because of its emphasis on Christ's Deity and salvation. Then I suggest the book of Romans, because it explains in detail the plan of salvation. Then return to Matthew and read the New Testament in order. Or for variety you can read the New Testament books in the order they were written. James, Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Mark, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Romans, Luke, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, Philemon, Acts, Matthew, 1 Timothy, 1 Peter, Titus, 2 Timothy, 2 Peter, Hebrews, Jude, John, 1, 2, & 3 John, Revelation. To keep track of your readings, you can buy a chart at a Christian bookstore or make your own with a piece of graph paper. Keep a notebook handy to write down any questions or observations you may have.

Secondly, to deepen your understanding , I suggest the journalistic method. This involves a more careful examination of the Bible. Approach the text like a reporter and ask six questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? This will provide a solid background in the Bible's history.

Thirdly, I recommend the George Muller Study Plan. This method also consists of asking six questions. Is there:

  1. An Example to follow?
  2. A Command to Obey?
  3. An Error to avoid?
  4. A Sin to give up?
  5. A Promise to claim?
  6. A New Thought about God?
I have gained a lot of insight into the Bible following this plan.

I hope this information aids you as you study God's word and grow in His Grace.

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William M. Kelly