The Bible is the Word of life. As such, studying the Bible is crucial to the life and growth of every believer. In this revised work, John MacArthur examines various Scripture passages in the Old and New Testament to answer both the “why” and the “how” questions of Bible study. How to Study the Bible can be used alongside or apart from the audio series available from Grace to You in either a personal or group study. UNIQUE FEATURES: Corresponds with the audio message series available from Grace to You Features revised content and study questions For personal or group study use
Whether you are teaching people with no Bible experience or those who have studied the Bible for a long time, the best-selling How to Study the Bible ebook provides an excellent introduction to personal Bible study. This full-color ebook is ideal for teachers who want to provide information on studying the Bible in a quick, easy-to-use format. How to Study the Bible has concise steps for personal preparation, descriptive resources and reference information, and a step-by-step approach for inductive Bible study that teaches students to dig deeper into God's Word. How to Study the Bible shows how to approach Bible studies in an organized and life-touching way. This is Bible study made easy! The content is self-explanatory and is both easy to present and easy to use. Following the Bible study ebook you can learn how to explore the Bible, how to improve Bible skills, how to understand what the Scriptures means as a whole, as well as the Bible's real-life application on a personal level. How to Study the Bible encourages the pursuit of personal study and a deeper, more rewarding experience with God. How to Study the Bible presents these and many other important topics: •Why study the Bible •How to begin studying •Basic principles of Bible Study •Inductive Bible study •Basic Bible verses, passages and books of the Bible to study •Study tools and Bible reference resources like study Bibles •And the S.O.I.L. (four-step approach) that explains how to dig deeper into the Bible. Bible study leaders and teachers who use the How to Study the Bible ebook give students every opportunity to enjoy the lifelong adventure and spiritual discipline of Bible study. In addition to a systematic approach to studying the Bible, the ebook provides helpful instruction for personal growth and discovery that include: •The importance of keeping God's over-all plan in mind, the perspective of history and geography of Bible times, and the various forms of literature within the Bible •How to begin using inductive Bible study that asks, What does the Bible teach? rather than How do I prove my opinions by using the Bible? •Bible passages and topics to study •Applying the teachings of the Bible to everyday life •Key Scriptures to memorize. Those who use How to Study the Bible will develop the confidence to read and study God's Word on their own with a new passion. There's really not an easier way to teach others How to Study the Bible. Topical index: basic principles, Bible software, Bible studies, commentaries, concordances, how to study, inductive Bible study, key passages, life application, parables, passage study, poetry, principles of study, prophecy, studies for beginners, topical Bible
Whether you are teaching people with no Bible experience or those who have been Christians a long time, this pamphlet will provide an excellent introduction to studying the Bible. Your students will learn the basics of Bible study and develop the confidence to read it themselves.
This book covers the basic concepts concerning the interpretation of the Bible. The major sections covered include personal preparation steps, kinds of interpretation, procedures for interpretation, rules of interpretation, types of biblical literature, special forms of literature, and personal application of Bible truths. There is an introduction to many Bible study tools. There is an emphasis on the literal method, which means to interpret the Bible in a plain, literal, straightforward manner using the normal rules of literature interpretation.
The Bible is the inspired word of God, and every believer should study it in order to know the rich and vast content of God's divine provisions. When God speaks, He does so through His established eord. Therefore, we must study the Bible in a proper way in order to let the word of God dwell richly in our hearts. In order to study the Bible, we first must be proper persons, having passed through the necessary spiritual training under the Lord's leading and guiding. We must also use the right methods. Many good books have been printed on how to study the Bible, but most pay attention only to methods of studying the Bible; They do not pay enough attention to the person who studies the Bible. Even with the right methods, we can receive very little in our study of the Bible if Our person is not proper before the Lord.
How to Study and Read The Bible FIRST, The Word of God in The Words of God-The Bible - is precisely identified. The Scripture is shown to be In- spired, Preserved, Infallible, and Incorrupt by the Provi- dence of God. THEN, the essentials of Bible Hermeneutics are ex- plained, showing how The Bible teaches us to study Itself. The 4 Principles (which govern the Rules) and the 5 Rules (which apply the Principles) of Bible Study are de- fined, explained, proven from Scripture, then taught by example. NEXT, 7 Core Doctrines of Bible Religion are outlined, laying a solid foundation upon which to build, using the Principles and Rules of Bible Study. FINALLY, the Tools for Bible Study, such as Dictionaries, Exhaustive Concordances, Bible Encyclopedias, Interlin- ear Texts, and Analytical Concordances are described. How to use those tools is explained. LASTLY, a Plan for Bible Reading is given in detail, show- ing how to Read through The Bible in about a year.
One of greatest joys in life is being able to read and understand a passage of scripture for yourself. Such is the ultimate goal of this Bible study program. We want you to be able to feed your own soul from Gods word and then turn around and help others as well. George Burns once said, Id rather be a failure at something I enjoy, than a success at something I hate. The good news for Christians is that these are not the only two options; why not be a success at something you like? How To Study the Bible is specifically designed to help you become a success at studying Gods word-- studying it faithfully, honestly, prayerfully, obediently, and intelligently!
Introducing the principles of inductive Bible study, Jack Kuhatschek helps readers cross the barriers of time, geography, language and culture to better understand and apply God's Word.
This guide provides a brief, concise overview of personal Bible study for the layperson. Long-time Bible teacher Robert West gives insight into the types, tools, and techniques of personal study, offering both practical guidance and encouragement to pursue the command of 2 Timothy 2:15 ("Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth"). Covering topics such as the inductive method, word studies, commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances, How to Study the Bible also emphasizes the personal benefits of private Bible time.
I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast caused me to live. (Psalm 119:93) There is no situation in life for which you cannot find some word of consolation in Scripture. If you are in affliction, if you are in adversity and trial, there is a promise for you. In joy and sorrow, in health and in sickness, in poverty and in riches, in every condition of life, God has a promise stored up in His Word for you. This classic book by Dwight L. Moody brings to light the necessity of studying the Scriptures, presents methods which help stimulate excitement for the Scriptures, and offers tools to help you comprehend the difficult passages in the Scriptures. To live a victorious Christian life, you must read and understand what God is saying to you. Moody is a master of using stories to illustrate what he is saying, and you will be both inspired and convicted to pursue truth from the pages of God’s Word. Previous title: Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study
Preliminary Remarks To many, a handbook on such a subject may seem needless, and an intrusion into what must ever be left to the individual alone as guided by the Spirit of God. Others, already diligent workers in this field, will find, perhaps, little to help; but it is hoped that large numbers of the Lord's people who have a longing to become better acquainted with the contents of His word may find useful suggestions in the following pages. A few preliminary remarks may not be amiss. First. No method of Bible study, however useful in itself and suggestive, can do away with the absolute necessity for repentance and new birth. The natural mind is "alienated from the life of God," and no amount of education, even in the word of truth itself, can change the character of that which is "enmity against God." The Sunday-school teacher must never forget this as he faces a class of bright, intelligent young people, week by week. If they have not been brought to repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, the great work has not even been begun which is to form the foundation of their whole life. Well would it be for all who are seeking to make plain the word of God, to remember this, and with all the enthusiasm that they bring to the opening up of this wonderful storehouse of divine riches, to agonize in prayer for the conversion of those who, in the providence of God, have been committed to them. The same, of course, applies to all who come to the Scriptures without having a knowledge of God in the forgiveness of their sins. While we can never refuse such any help which we may be able to give them, let us ever remember that "one thing is needful." It is to be feared that this is overlooked in much of the activity in Bible study of the day, and without doubt the rise and growth of the higher criticism may largely be due to the handling of the Scriptures by unconverted men in a coldly intellectual manner. No doubt, much of the mixture in established churches is due to the indiscriminate participation, by converted and unconverted alike, in truths which can only really be spiritually learned. Second. Similarly, no method of Bible study, even for the children of God, can be substituted for the inestimable blessedness and guidance of the Holy Spirit in the believer. "He will guide you into all truth" is a promise not only for the apostles, a pledge of infallible inspiration for whatever God had to give to His Church in the way of a written Word through them, but in a more general sense, the Spirit is an enlightener of the minds of the saints, leading them into that which is needed for their upbuilding on their most holy faith. The most complete and logical methods of Bible study, pursued in the most diligent manner,with approved helps of every variety, are all worthless apart from the special and controlling guidance of Him who delights to take of the things of Christ and to show them unto us. How indispensably precious a privilege it is to have the Author of the perfect and infinite word of God present with us, not merely to point out its manifold beauties and perfections, and to give us the key to its arrangement, and lead us on step by step in a knowledge of the vast plan contained in it, but to have this divine Person dwelling in us! — our hearts through grace capable of appreciating what He makes known, and of assimilating the truths of those deep things which the Spirit searcheth, and of carrying them out in obedient lives. Here, as in all else, "the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal," and "we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." We would pause here and lay down our pen if we thought that one word of what follows would divert the mind of the child of God from the glorious fact of the Spirit's presence and dwelling in him, competent to lead, direct, correct and control through an understanding of that Word which He himself has inspired. Let us at the very outset of what may be said, remember this, — give Him room for the exercise of that activity of grace in which He so delights. The communion of the Holy Ghost is that fellowship with the Father and His Son which He produces, a fellowship one with another, too, which is founded upon the assimilation of the word of God; for it would be the greatest mistake to put the Spirit's enlightenment in opposition to the written Word. The Scriptures are indeed the instrument of the Holy Spirit. All the truth that He unfolds is revealed truth already recorded in the word of God. We may be sure that if ever any are tempted to think of receiving revelations from the Spirit apart from the Scriptures, they are in grave peril. We find in the very types given of the Spirit and His work that His ministry is in and through the word of God — both vivifying and cleansing the heart. Thus, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" shows that the water of the Word (seeEph. 5:26) is the instrument used by the Spirit of God. "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever." Thus it is by the word of God ministered to the soul by the Spirit of God that man is born anew. It is this fact which encourages us to go on instructing children and others in the word of God. It might be said that until a person is converted he cannot rightly understand Scripture, and therefore it were needless to trouble ourselves to impart it to them. But we never know when the Spirit of God may work, and indeed the very exercise on our part in imparting the knowledge of the word of God to others should encourage us to believe that the Spirit of truth is already at work in their hearts. The teaching of the Bible to unconverted children has been likened to laying the paper and wood all ready for kindling a fire. There is no fire in the paper or the wood, and yet they are necessary: so a knowledge of Scripture, in some measure at least, either by hearing the gospel or reading it, is necessary for the conversion of souls. Third. In line with what has already been said, it is well to remember that all our study of the Bible must be in a reverent spirit in which all self-sufficiency and dependence upon carnal wisdom are refused, and we realize that if we are to know anything aright it must be from God alone. "The word of God and prayer" are put together as the sanctifying power in the enjoyment of all the natural gifts of God (1 Tim. 4:5). Thus the Scripture will always, if rightly apprehended, reveal our ignorance and shortcomings to us, leading us to a spirit of prayer; and in like manner our very ignorance of God's word will turn us to Him who is so ready to fulfil His word: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5). This, however, must suffice here. Later on in our little book we may point out the place of prayer in connection with the study of the Bible. We turn now to the immediate subject.
A Framework for Proper Biblical Exegesis
An easy-to-follow, practical and inspiring guide to Bible study which beginners and scholars alike will find refreshing and useful. In eight concise, powerful chapters, Torrey invites us far beyond mere intellectual exercise toward a deeper love and spiritual hunger for the living Word of God.
The Bible contains golden nuggets of truth, and anyone willing to dig for that truth is certain to find it. This easy-to-understand reference tool will help you to master the contents of the Bible and begin a lifelong habit of "feeding on the Word." Both the beginner and most scholarly student will benefit from R. A. Torrey's instructive work. This book quickly supplies volumes of study helps and may be the most important addition to your own library. Torrey understood and solved man's dilemma of a time-pressured world. His methods for studying the Bible immediately silence the excuse, "I can't find time."
How to Study the Bible discusses the necessity of motivation and proper attitude as prerequisites for the discovery of divine truth. Then it delves into a discussion of the nature of biblical authority, using Jesus himself as the model, also looking at the role of biblical silence and expediency. It includes a chapter regarding logic and its role in Bible study, as well as a chapter introducing various tools that are helpful for Bible students. In addition, sections on context and language studies show individual students how to correctly understand the Bible. Rather than only providing theory, How to Study the Bible also walks the student through sample studies, highlighting the practical applications of the theory. Its style is directed toward the average Christian but retains challenges for the advanced student and minister as well. This work is not only about the Bible; it is thoroughly biblical, demonstrating how proper Bible study sometimes makes it necessary for us to abandon previously held convictions as we learn more about God's truth.
Which translation is best? Which Study Bible? What are the secrets of resolving difficult or controversial passages? From forty years of intensive Bible study and teaching, Missler shares his favorite helps, secrets and practical suggestions on how to take the Bible seriously. Most Christians, although they want to do in-depth Bible study, know little of the types, philosophies and tools of study available. Is the Bible to be taken literally or figuratively? What study aids would be most helpful in beginning my own home study library? Going through the Bible book by book. "Eat the elephant one bite at a time." These studies produce the most lasting results. There is a balance in the "whole counsel of God." Emmaus Road in Luke 24:27. Where to Start? A good "first book" is the Gospel of John: "A child can wade in it and an elephant can bathe in it!" Other good starting points include Genesis, Acts, Matthew, Daniel, and Revelation (Which is the only book which unequivocally promises a blessing to the reader). You are unique: let the Spirit lead you
The Seven Secrets of How to Study the Bible is a fantastic way to jump start your knowledge of how to live a life that is pleasing to God. Get tips that you can use right away to experience a new and vibrant Christian life. This book provides all that you need to live a powerful and transformed Christian experience right away. You can change your life. This Seven Secrets of How to Study the Bible is designed to give you an easy way to apply the Bible to your life. The Bible is the inspired word of God and it is a book that changes lives all over the world. The Bible has been the best guide for living and millions wake up to read it to receive God’s daily instruction. The Bible is the perfect gift that God could provide for believers to read what God is saying. Sending his son Jesus to redeem the world is evidence of his love for all humanity. You will want to read this book several times to get all that it has to offer. You will be blessed.