How to read the Bible so that God speaks to you
Developing a successful Bible reading time depends on the balancing of several skills like the improvement of your ability to study the Bible, the negotiation with your motivation, and the management of your time. Which of these skills to focus on and which to lead with, make all the difference between catching a wave or just getting tired and giving up.
In this journey, we get in the water with you. We help surface the desire God has given you to be with Him. We help you learn to read the Bible in simple steps so God can speak to you. And we help minimize the influences that would push down or choke out your motivation.
By carefully reinforcing your desire for God, at the same time as enhancing your Bible study skill, you will be able to hear and respond to what God says to you. If you decide to take this journey and do the assignments, rest assured your life will never be the same.
Main Topics in The E-book – ‘How To Read The Bible’
* Understanding Desire and Discipline
* Surfacing your Desire
* Renewing Your Mind
* Walking Toward the Help
* Removing Thorns
* Stretching Your Comfort Zone
* Aligning Your Prayers
* Pacing Your Growth
Simple Tips on How to Read the Bible
I’d suggest reading and rereading a passage or a book to get the gist of the message and the context. Familiarity with the text is vital. Another a good procedure is to read through the Bible once a year to continue to familiarize yourself with its total message. Another help is to have a study Bible such as The Ryrie Study Bible or NIV Study Bible or The Nelson Study Bible and read the notes as you read the text. All of these are excellent. I’d highly recommend the new NET Bible, which has extensive notes.
As you read the Bible, pay special attention to the context and the argument of the writer. Ask and answer questions like: Who is writing? To whom is he writing? Why is he writing? Is there a problem he is addressing? What is the purpose and theme of the book? You can ask this last question of every paragraph and chapter as well as for the whole book.
May I also suggest the following: The Joy of Discovery by Oletta Wald and especially, Living By the Book by Howard G. Hendricks and William D. Hendricks. Dr. Hendricks was one of my profs at Dallas Seminary and taught Bible study methods for years. This is his specialty and anything he writes is exceptional. In this book he discusses ten strategies for reading, things to observe and principles of interpretation and application. Both are super books. Try them.
Anyway for now, download the eBook in PDF format given at the top. God Bless.