Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to Read Your Bible by Ruth Graham Lotz

"The unfolding of Your Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple." (Psalm 119:130)

"You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)

Let Ruth Graham encourage you, as she teaches how to read your Bible. This is basically the inductive Bible study method.

You might want to start by deciding on a book of the Bible to read through. Set aside a time each day to meet with the Lord and plan to meet with Him at the same place every day. Like Ruth Graham in this video, read just a portion of the book - 4 or 5 verses - and then study those verses by asking the questions you've learned here: 1) What does the passage say - list the facts; 2) What does the passage mean?; 3) What does that passage mean to me? What lesson applies to me in the passage?

Don't set an end date to have your Bible book read. Just be faithful to meet with the Lord daily and work your way through the nook, passage by passage, notebook at hand. When you finish, you will basically have written a commentary on the book you've studied. It will be for you something you can refer back to in months and years to come.

Make sure to pray before you start and as you answer the questions, be personal in your answers, applying the lessons to your own circumstances. Besides the commentary you're writing, this will also be a diary to look back on in years to come. It will be a testimony of what you were facing at the time and how God faithfully carried you through the trial or time of waiting, etc.

"For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel." (Exra 7:10)

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