Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Read and Study the Bible - Spiritual Discipline

How to Read the Bible…

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." - Paul (2 Timothy 3:16-17) 

1. Choose a book in the Bible you’d like to read. Some good ideas of where to start include Genesis, Psalms, Matthew, John, Acts, Romans. 

2. Read one section or chapter per day. 

3. Read the section once to get a general understanding of it. 

4. Read it again, but this time, focus on any people in the section (the writer, people in the story, people the book was written for if it’s a letter). Put yourself in each one of their shoes. What is each person thinking and feeling in the section? Why are they doing and saying what they do? 

5. Read it again, looking for any questions you might have about the section or anything that makes you curious. 

6. Read it one more time and then, summarize it in your own words. How would you tell the story to someone who didn’t know it? 

7. How would you summarize the point of the section in one sentence?

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