Our first #LWFHOWTO meeting looked at and explored how a beginner trying to know more about God can freely read the Bible, our speaker Rachel created in-depth and helpful steps about how to go about it…
Whether you have never picked up a bible, or you have been in Christ for a long time we need the Bible every day of our life.
Why is reading the Bible is important?
· Psalms 119:105
o Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
· 2 Timothy 3:16
o All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
o This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
· Colossians 3:16
o Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
· Luke 24:45
o Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures
There are so many Bible verses that speak about the importance of reading the word of God. We then went onto speak about HOW you can begin reading the Bible!
Stage 1- Prep
1) The first step in reading the bible is to have a longing and a hunger to learn the word of God. We have to seek to know the word to know God more, for our faith to grow and have a better relationship with our father
2) Get a bible that is clear to you
i. Traditional vs contemporary
ii. Find one that is easier for you to understand
iii. What translations should I read?
1. NIV vs KJV, Is KJV the best?
a. Some people believe KJV is the best, most accurate and authentic-considered an English literature masterpiece, scholarly and stylistically
i. Has been updated several times
ii. Not everyone can understand it-vocab outdated?
b. Modern versions
i. Written in modern English
ii. Omitted verses
b. Which Bible?
i. Old Testament written originally in Hebrew and New Testament in Greek
ii. Original manuscript lost?
iii. Bible been translated into over 500 languages- this is a positive
3) Choose a system
a. Set a plan
i. How often do I read the bible?
1. ‘It’s a meeting not a habit’, ‘Don’t focus so much on the mechanics of the process that you miss the person behind it’
b. Organise time to read the bible
i. Quiet time with God
c. Helpful ways of getting to reading your bible systemically, on a frequent basis-daily devotionals etc
d. Feeling guilty
e. Be creative
a. Good to pray before reading bible, God speaks through his word and he can answer in prayer/through his word
b. Pray Holy spirit gives you insight
Stage 2-reading the bible
5) Open your mind, be expectant- Luke 24:45
b. Ask the holy spirit to give you guidance and understanding
c. Expect to be changed
6) Read it thoughtfully and pray
7) Mediate on the word
a. After reading the passage, mediate- ask yourself what it does it mean and what does it mean for me?
c. Apply God’s word to your life
d. Study- keep a note of what you have found etc
You can call the above a step to step guide of how to study, read the Bible, find a way of reading the Bible that suits you, and therefore gain more knowledge and understanding about the word of God, for yourself.
Thanks for reading! God bless x #LWFITC