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4 Ways To Approach the Study of God's Word...

4 Ways To Approach the Study of God's Word

With…

  • Prayer, that He would give us a discerning Spirit, with eyes that see and ears that hear what He wants us to learn.
  • Humility, recognizing that we have so much to learn about God, and in some cases what we think we know may be incorrect.
  • Seriousness, This is eternal life that we might know Him!  John 17:3“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
  • Gratitude, “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”  Psalm 8:4   Thanking God for His Word that enables us to gain wisdom and His Spirit that guides us into all Truth!
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My favorite bible study materials include:

“Gems from the Greek”- By Rick Renner

The ESV Study Bible

The Apologetics Study Bible

John Maxwell Leadership Bible

Biblehub.com/Biblegateway.com/Gotquestions.org/Blueletterbible.com

Khouse.org

What are some of your favorite bible resources?  Please share!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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Flinch-Proof Your Faith

“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.”  Elizabeth Rundle Charles

Flinch: verb

1. to draw back or shrink, as fromwhat is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant.

2. to shrink under pain; wince.

Are there any parts of your Christian faith that make you wince?

Do you ever wish you could take an eraser to certain verses in the Bible?

I can tell you that the times I’ve “flinched” in my faith have been times when I’ve feared man more than I’ve feared God.

I shrunk under the fear of possible rejection.

I found it easier to draw back from an unpleasant conversation than state the truth from God’s Word.

Upon doing the following I began to notice that I flinched less and less in my faith:

  • Participated in an “in-depth” bible study that helped me understand WHO God is, so I no longer winced at those tough verses in the bible.Instead, I began to understand them in the full context of the Scriptures and character of God.
  • Prayed that God would enable me to share His truth with love.
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Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 When you boldly speak His truth, and people reject you; remember they are also rejecting Him who sent you, for you are never alone.God never flinches.

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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Studying God's Word

Have you ever read the bible and found yourself wodering “What does that mean?” or thinking “Now I’m totally confused!”  Don’t lose hope.  God’s Word is alive and we can be certain it is the will of God for you to know, understand and apply His Word to your everyday life.  Choosing to study God’s Word is different than just reading the Bible.  You can read the bible without studying it, but you can’t study the bible without reading it.  So here are some tips on studying God’s Word.

Begin with Prayer: Pray that God will speak to you through His Word; that He will help you discern the meaning; and use His Word to produce fruit in your life that will bring Him glory.  Pray for wisdom. God has filled us with His Spirit (John 14:16-17) who speaks to us, leading and guiding us into all truth (John 16:13.)

Read the Bible: Set time aside daily to read God’s Word. 

Talk Back and Ask God Questions: The bible is God-breathed, and if you come across a passage in scripture that you don’t understand, stop reading, and share your thoughts with God.  There have been many times that I have said out loud, “God, this makes no sense to me, what does this mean?”   God is faithful!  He can reveal the meaning.  There have been times when God answers my question immediately through other scriptures that I read that day.  Other times I will be in church and the pastor will have a sermon which explains that verse in detail and my question is “finally” answered, or other instances when I take my questions to a godly source for counsel. (a mentor, bible teacher, or commentary)

Ask Yourself Questions: What does this scripture teach me about God? What does this passage teach me about the church, world, myself, or my desires/motives? What do I need to confess and/or repent of? What have I learned from this passage that will help me focus on God & His glory? What action is God asking me to take?

Search for Answers: I use tools like biblegateway.com, gotquestions.org, and blueletterbible.org to do word/topic/question searches and read commentaries.  If I sense that God is telling me I’m acting prideful, I will do a “word study” by looking up the words: pride, humility, self-centered, humble, arrogant, etc. in a search tool like biblegateway.com to learn more verses that may help me understand better what God has to say about a particular topic or theme. Take an active part in finding the answer to questions you ask both God and yourself while reading His Word because that’s the best way to learn and “own the truth for yourself.”

Participate in Bible Studies: This has helped me answer many questions and learn much more about God, His Word and what it says. 

Memorize: “Lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul” Deuteronomy 11:18, KJV.  When you begin memorizing scripture you are putting it in your heart where you can later rely on it for wisdom and guidance.  This helps you to better know God’s Word and how to apply it daily.

Attend Church: Hearing the Word preached in a message is another way to study, learn and apply God’s Word. 

Apply what you learn:  Take action and apply God’s Word to your life.  When you begin to “do” the Word in your life, it will take your experience and knowledge of God and his precepts to a new level.  2 Timothy 16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  

Experiencing the truth of God through applying His Word is a life-long study habit that is sure to bring glory to God, and bless you and those around you!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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