Bible reading is one of the basic habits that every Christian should have, but how do you do it? Here are some practical tips for newcomers.
In this post, we want to give you some tips on reading the Bible. Certainly, the most important thing we can actually do is read God’s Word. It’s how we learn who God is, and what he wants for our lives. The Bible promises tremendous rewards to those who diligently spend time reading it.
Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
If we spend time getting to know God’s Word we will reap the rewards throughout our lives. Below are three tips to improve your Bible study.
Have a plan
Many people don’t know where to start when it comes to reading the Bible. We think that it is best to read the Bible one book at a time. The book of John is a great place to start. This book will put you face-to-face with Jesus right away. Also, decide how much time you are going to spend reading the Bible each week. You aren’t going to accidentally read the Bible. You must be purposeful about it.
Go slowly as you read the Bible
Don’t read the Bible like you would read another book. Take your time. Try to understand each passage you are reading. Be sure to think and pray while you read. As Joshua 1:8 says, we don’t want to just read the Bible, we want to meditate on it. If you have questions about what you are reading, search for the answer on drmincdrccg.org.
Be interactive with the Bible
Remember, when you read the Bible you are interacting with its author, the Holy Spirit. Ask questions about your reading. Ask yourself, why did this happen in the story, or why did the author decide to teach this topic at this point of the letter? As you read, write down comments or questions for further study in your Bible or on a notepad. Finally, decide how what you are reading applies to you. It may be helpful to ask yourself these questions:
Is there a command to obey?
Is there a promise from God to believe?
Is there an example to follow?
We haven’t really understood the Bible until we have learned how to apply it to our lives.