I’ve mentioned before how important bible study is.
I’ve also given reasons why we need to be in the Word every day.
Unfortunately, devoting time to this essential part of our lives is easier said than done.
When I first started getting back into church, I quickly became a Beth Moore groupie. I completed 4 of her bible studies in about 6 months. I have also finished a Kelly Minter study on idols and Margret Feinberg’s Wonderstruck.
Rather than begin another bible study independently, this year I have been attending a Bible Study Fellowship International group study on the book of Matthew.
I have absolutely loved every single one.
Especially when I was first starting to get a hang of what it means to be in the Word and how to really find God in the bible, these studies were a great starting-point and gave me invaluable information and guidance. However, over the Christmas break, BSF has taken 4 weeks off from meeting and discussing.
In those four weeks, I came to an unfortunate realization.
I am completely lost in studying the bible unless I have outside help to walk me through step-by-step.
While I have a general appreciation of the popular verses and can pick up main concepts as they are explained to me, I’m pretty lost when it comes to taking a book of the bible and comprehending the Lord’s truth all on my own.
So, to rectify this problem, I’ve decided to embark on a new bible study experiment.
I bought Kay Arthur’s How To Study Your Bible.
This book gives in-depth instruction on applying the inductive method to bible study.
The plan is to be able to study the Word for myself rather than rely solely on the interpretation of others.
As I said before, I love bible studies and I love being a part of BSF.
It’s great to have an opportunity to read passages of scripture and then discuss with a group of strong, intelligent women. However, I really want to learn how to study the bible on my own. My fear is to go through life with a theology built entirely around the knowledge, interpretation and conclusions of others.
As Kay Arthur says in her introduction,
“You must interact with God’s word personally, absorbing its message and letting God engrave His truth on your heart and mind and life. That is the very heart of inductive study: seeing truth for yourself, discerning what it means, and applying that truth to your life.”
The first book I’ve chosen to tackle is James.
I’m cheating a bit, because my very first bible study was Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs, but I figured baby steps are important. At least going back through a book I’ve studied before will ease me into gaining my own understanding of scripture.
So this is the prayer for my new adventure; that I will have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart open to His truth and a genuine intimacy with Him.
I’ll keep you updated on what I discover!
Leave a comment letting me know what method have you found most effective in studying the bible.
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