All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
These curriculums are designed for any Christian, church leader or pastor to get to know and teach the Bible better.
Here are some definitions of the various ways we can read and know God's Word, the Bible. Some of these methods of Bible Study are very biblical, beneficial, and good while others are harmful and lead to false teaching.
The simple solution to know the Bible better, is to take some time each day and read the Bible. See our "Bible Reading Plans" channel for helps with this. Bible Reading Plans
Do you read from the Bible or read into the Bible? Do you know the difference? What does Biblical interpretation mean to you? What should it mean and how should you delve into and teach the most Holy Precepts of our LORD? By your will or His? We have a major problem in our churches; people, even pastors go to the Bible and just collect from it what they feel and want, forcing it so that they miss receiving what they need and what God has for all of us. Thus, people are not experiencing the true wonders and Truth and riches of God's principles...
Jesus conceals truth for us, not 'from' us! There are two main conceptions on what and why Jesus uses parables in edifying and instructing us. One, He uses simple everyday illustrations, allegories, stories, and word pictures that He pointed to, showcasing an illustration that people could understand and relate to. Second, in the illustration dwells a layered meaning-like an onion, if you will--that has a depth to it. His main reason? People, for the most part, are 'concrete' thinkers. We tend to look for the simplest, easiest meaning to mentally digest solution and rarely seek a deeper meaning or application. However, to grow in faith, we need to grow beyond ourselves, our perception, and our assumptions in order to grasp the true Truths Christ has for us. Thus, for us to grow in faith...
What is a Parable?
The word 'parable' comes from the Greek word parabole; it means "to throw alongside. (The word 'ball' comes from this.) Parables use everyday objects to teach deeper philosophical truths which most people could never grasp otherwise. Jesus uses them to teach more profound Divine eternal matters by which non-Christians cannot comprehend. A parable does not necessarily hide the lesson; rather, it teaches in such a way that it can be grasped better by those who are opened to the understanding required for learning and application. It is the intangible wrapped in the tangible. It is beyond logic, metaphor, allegory, or abstract reasoning; it is stimulating the person's interest to open his/her eyes and ears and engaging his mind to seek truth, rather than himself, as a means of grasping the lesson God has for him (Matt. 13:52; 2 Tim. 3:7).
Unfortunately, a lot of Christians think that all they have to do is read the Bible, and do what it says, and there is nothing to interpret. Or, they will react against the educated "professional" Christian who is a teacher, scholar, or pastor.
We can master the entire Bible and even be totally transformed by the Word; but, if nothing comes from it, it is meaningless and nearly worthless. This is one of the main points of the book of James. Our faith must have a response to it. Yes, we may be saved, but what good is it if we do nothing with it?
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. As the Elect, saved by grace, it is still up to us what we make out of what Christ gives us. Maturity will make the difference of having a life of distinction and purpose or a life governed by strife and chaos. So what is your response? What is your attitude? Where does your maturity lie?
There are Tools, Steps, and Tips to help you memorize scripture. Start with the proper approach-that of prayer and reverence before our Holy God. Have an honest desire to know Him more fully and a good attitude based on growing in Christ rather than seeking just what you want.
More Insightful Bible Study Methods
This is an incredible, edifying way to know our LORD and His Word more!
Simply put, the Lectio Divina means to be praying in and with the Scriptures for understanding, worship, and intimacy in God's presence to benefit our faith, character, and spiritual growth. Thus, reading as a practice and a discipline means that as we read the Bible, we can and should be praying to our Lord, too. This combines two essential aspects of our Christian walk...
First of all, make up your mind that you will put some time every day into the study of the Word of God. That is an easy resolution to make, and not a very difficult one to keep, if the one who makes it is in earnest. It is one of the most fruitful resolutions that any Christian ever made.
There are many profitable methods of Bible Study. There is something, however, in Bible study more important than the best methods, that is, the fundamental conditions of profitable study.
Principles of biblical interpretation ought to be determined before developing one's theology, but in practice, the reverse is often true. Cultists, in particular, consistently read their deviant theologies into the biblical text instead of allowing the text to speak for itself. Faith teachers are also guilty of this practice, as I document in my book "Christianity in Crisis."
A sermon delivered in 1879, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, and first published in Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Vol. 25, #1503.
The Tools and Resources you need to Know About!
These are the research book resources to help you to understand the text of the Bible, its meanings, and historical circumstances, so you can get more out of your studies.
It is a simple "how to" guide helping you dig into God's Word, the Bible. Into Thy Word is geared toward challenging you to learn how to better study the Bible! We seek to teach people to use logic, induction, reasoning, and good inductive and deductive principles by examining the particulars, facts, and essence of a text first before making any conclusions. Thus, to lead a mature, meaningful, fruitful, character driven life for Christ's glory!
This book is about helping you understand the Bible and enabling you to teach others how to study the Bible in a simple, clear, and concise way. We have included in our Book a 15-week curriculum specifically designed for High School Youth.
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