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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Learn To Study The Bible

True understanding of any subject takes time, exploration, questioning, and reflection. Robert R. Moton, president, Tuskegee Institute writes, “When you eat fish, you don’t eat the bones. You eat the flesh. Take the Bible like that.” True understanding takes delving into the written words for insight and appreciation. A reader must flesh out the meanings and innuendos of words and passages. There is more than one approach to studying and understanding the Bible. One method for Bible study is more suitable than another depending on personal learning styles and goals. With close and analytical reading, you can read and study Scripture to enhance understanding to more completely embrace God’s Word. As understanding matures and grows, so will your grasp of The Word grow and mature. With the correct Bible study method, your faith will grow and mature as well. With the suitable reading approach, you can delve into Scripture and better comprehend and apply His Word into your spiritual and daily life.

Charles H. Spurgeon states, in How to Read the Bible, "...[one] can read a great deal and not read anything." He continues, "The eye glances, but the mind never rests. The soul does not light upon the truth and stay there. Understanding the meaning is the essence of true reading. Reading has a kernel to it, and the mere shell is little worth." Clearly, simply reading the Bible is not enough. Those looking for rewarding Bible study must become involved in the process. For complete comprehension, the reader must take time to be nourished by the Word.

Pastor Andy Deane serves as an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in central New Jersey where he oversees a vibrant junior high ministry and has written a study guide for those wanting a better understanding of the Bible. Learn to Study the Bible offers forty different step-by-step Bible study methods to facilitate discovery, application, and enjoyment of God’s Word. Chapter topics include study methods such as: question, rethink and restate, verse by verse, chapter study, themes, and word studies. He suggests focused study by Bible types, prayers, miracles, parables, and Psalms. Pastor Andy Deane believes that you must slow down and patiently and prayerfully reflect as you read. Anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and understanding of the Bible will find this book to be an invaluable Bible study tool.

By: Groshan Fabiola

Learn To Study The Bible (www.LearntoStudyTheBible.com), teaches you 40 Bible study methods to approach both difficult and familiar passages and help you to absorb more of their meaning. Visit author Andy Deane's website at www.andydeane.com.

1 comment:

author@ptgbook.org said...

There is nothing more important in understanding the Bible than a willingness to believe God's word and strive to obey him.

As I point out in my blog, we need God's help to correctly understand the Bible, and God gives that help to those who believe what He says.

God can test a person on that.

If I am reading the Bible, and God shows me a point of truth in a Bible passage that is different than what I want to believe or different from the beliefs I was raised in, if I believe God and strive to do what He says, God is likely to open my mind to understand more truth, one point at a time. But if I refuse to believe what God says and instead choose my traditional beliefs by interpreting the Bible to agree with me, then God's help stops and my understanding stops.