How Do You Study The Bible?

More often than not, I think most Christians aren’t exactly sure how to approach their own Bible study. Some will choose a book – usually a New Testament book because, let’s face it, Habakkuk isn’t exactly easy to understand – and skim over those coffee cup verses. Others will just flip open their Bible and wherever it lands, like a cosmic-spiritual fortune cookie, must be their special word for the day. Even worse, Christians have this horrible tendency to treat devotional books as Scripture. 
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (ESV) Obviously, and as goes without saying, studying God’s Word(s) to us is incredibly important. Eternally important. So, how do you study the Bible? Or, rather, how do you handle the weight of our holy, triune, Father in Heaven speaking to you?
 
That tone changes things, doesn’t it? Historically, I have been horribly lazy when it comes to Bible study. Only recently have I begun to enjoy the massive responsibility of rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). In many ways, I can’t get enough Bible these days! My problem, now, is how to direct my energy? 
 
I have found the best way to be, simply, choosing a book of the Bible and working my way through it. Working carefully, methodically, and reverently. Check out some commentaries by trusted scholars and pastors. Write your pastor with questions – there’s a novel idea! Invest in Scripture. I’m trying (trying!) to memorize the book of Ephesians right now. It has never occurred to me to memorize a whole book, even of something as important as Scripture. I probably have memorized the lyrics to hundreds of songs with no problem. You may have memorized your fair share of song lyrics, or sports stats, or movie quotes, or whatever. What an awfully convicting realization.
 
Psalm 119 uses tons of language about writing God’s word on our hearts. How else is this accomplished if we aren’t in the Word? Soaking up the Word? And, of course, living the Word? 
 
The Holy Spirit has really been pressing into me on some major issues in my life that I need to address. Issues that reveal, in practice, where my affections lie. Do I treasure Christ above all else? I should be more than willing to take more time than ever to see what He says.


Selah 


4 Comments

  1. Kelly on June 12, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Wow Victoria. Holly and I have been struggling with this too! Something we have started doing is referring back to Scripture that was mentioned in the week’s sermon; it helps us to keep the words fresh in our head. It’s a very small step but we find it very beneficial.

    Good luck to us all! :]

    • Victoria on June 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Reflecting on Sunday’s sermon has been AWESOME for me as well! That’s really why we gather together, anyway. To listen and learn and THEN apply. 🙂 God be with you as you walk through the week!

  2. Catherine on June 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    “Christians have this horrible tendency to treat devotional books as Scripture.”

    I’ve seen this too as well as treating the “greats” as scripture too.

    I have struggled with Bible study for years. I go in spurts of doing well and then stopping. I still struggle but I keep reading and PRAYING (a lot).

    • Victoria on June 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Do you (+Kelly and/or Holly!) want to do a Bible study together this summer? Or even just pick a book, read it, and then get together and discuss? 🙂 Be happy to1

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