Reading It Right in a nutshell
God’s Word is the most valuable gift that we can put into our hands. But, for many over the years, reading, understanding and applying it has been somewhat of a mystery.
However, if you will let the Bible itself teach you how it is to be read, it’s like finding the legend on a map. Once you know the way you’re supposed to be reading, the content you should be finding, the application you should be making… the Bible will come alive!
Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that the Bible is “useful” for 4 significant things: teaching, reproofing, correcting, and training in righteousness. With this in mind, it becomes simple: God wants you to read his word for these four uses.
Give it a try, and see what you can learn from God’s word when you start READING IT RIGHT!
Summarize- (teach) First, discover the basic teaching in the passage. It’s not about deep insight, or personal application. Simply, what is the headline, or the main thought in a nutshell.
Expose- (reproof) Next, get honest about how this passage evaluates our lives. The Bible challenges thoughts and actions. When it happens you may feel vulnerable and exposed. Don’t be defensive, be real!
Change- (correct) The next step is to make adjustments. In light of God’s Word we discover some things we need to stop and some we need to start. Making these changes will be an uphill climb, but worth every step.
Prepare- (train) The end result of this process is being one step further in spiritual maturity. God has a plan for your life and the Bible is preparing you for something. Discover/dream/pray what it might be.
Let’s Get Started...
While you might want to get some of our resources to help your study, don't wait to jump in and start now. Here is a rough outline for starting a personal bible study:
1.Find a quiet place without distraction. Bring a Bible, notebook, something to write with, and expectation!
2.Pray and ask God to speak to you from the Bible.
3.Read a short passage slowly and silently. Read it again out loud. Don’t rush the reading. (If you don't know where to start, try the book of Mark in the New Testament)
4.Use your journal to write down responses to the 4 purposes of the Bible.
5.Pray again, and if you don't know what to say:
• tell Him what changes you need to make after reading this passage
•worship Him by describing His greatness
•confess your sins
•thank Him for all He has already given/done
•make any requests for yourself and/or others
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