Put on your wet suit and dive into the Book of Books. The only way to become like Jesus, the model for our lives, is to learn about him.
In the Bible, you’ll discover His character, actions, attitudes and expectations. More importantly, you’ll find Him and the assurance that He will never leave you to struggle on your own (Hebrews 13:5).
No one in their right mind would ever ask “Why should I bother studying the Bible?” But if we’re honest, all of us have thought it once or twice.
Because the Bible seems daunting. The laws are impossible to follow. Standards outlined for us are as insurmountable as Mt. Everest.
So, it’s better to not even bother trying to investigate all the secrets in the Holy Bible. Then we can plead ignorance and continue on in our blissful life of non-achievement.
There are many reasons to study the Bible.
- They show us the truth that is Christ. (John 5:39)
- True love can be found there (Romans 8:38-39)
- Astounding promises from God are revealed there (Ephesians 3:20)
- It’s the wise course of action (Proverbs 1:5-7)
- They show us how to defeat evil (Romans 12:21)
As I mentioned, some people use the excuse that the Bible is too hard to read and understand. So answering the question of “How do I study the Bible?” becomes essential.
During the Women’s Conference in October 2016, one of the speakers taught lessons on this subject. Thanks to Sister Kelli Simonds, you can have a ten-step method to the daunting task of studying God’s Word.
*Note: Her method is nine steps. My lovely daughter came up with the tenth step.
More on my own personal method of study coming in two weeks.
Thanks for showing me why and how, you might be thinking, but where do I start?
The old adage to start at the beginning might not help you here. Although, Genesis is a decent starting point if you’re unfamiliar with the founding father, Abraham.
But if you’re thinking, “Dry history is not my thing,” then you can start in the New Testament. I recommend the Gospel of John.
Here you’ll meet Jesus at the beginning of his ministry on Earth. You’ll follow him through the calling of his disciples. You’ll experience many of his miraculous acts and life-changing teaching.
Jesus is the foundation of our faith, so starting with Him is like starting at the beginning.
You might also be facing a specific challenge, trial or temptation in your life. If so, starting with what God has to say about that issue might be beneficial, but depending on what it is, it could be difficult to locate specific passages without guidance from someone with more Bible knowledge.
The important thing about diving deep into God’s Word, is to seek a qualified guide. This means praying and inviting the Holy Spirit to reveal things to you.
Often the voice of pastors or teachers can drown out the still, persistent nudging from God’s Spirit. Don’t let it be so. Only God can reveal His Truth to you, and the Spirit is the One commissioned to do it (John 16:13).
So suit up with the Spirit and open the air tanks He provides, then dive deep into the searchable riches of God’s Word. Treasure awaits.