9 Ways to Study the Bible

Today we have a guest post by one of the GMG Team Members!  This is Mandy.

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Mandy is passionate about two things: The Word of God and the Souls of Men (and Ladies!).

She is married to her best friend, and gets the privilege to love on their three blessings (who lost their biological momma leaving her husband widowed). Her story of infertility, and now adoption (her husbands three- and a fourth on the way!) is also a passion that is seen in almost all she does.

She loves that the Lord has let her life be an example of delighting in Him and watching Him mold her life to make her desires match His. She spent 11 years in an early childhood classroom, and 4 years in an “in house” seminary program at her home church. She loves to bring God glory through her roles as Christ-follower, Wife and Mother and Writer (in that order!)

She enjoys women’s ministry, cooking, crafting, and traveling the world. Her greatest desires are to have her marriage bring God glory, see her children walk in truth, to lead others to the feet of Jesus, and to lead women into deeper and intimate relationship with their Savior through study of the Word of God. She desires to Worship God with her life.

Mandy blogs personally at Women of Worship.

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9 Ways to Study the Bible

“God’s truth is the most important thing in the world.” John MacArthur

As Christians, one of the most important things that we can do is to study the Word of God.

God’s Word is to be a light to our path.(Psalm 119:105) It teaches us about God’s heart and allows us to know the mind of Christ.(Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119, Philippians 2:5) Through the study of God’s Word, we can learn how to apply God’s Word to our lives, allowing it to be the map we use to guide our lives, and allowing Christ to be the TRUE CORNERSTONE of all areas (Ephesians 2:20 KJV).

Here’s a few tips on how to study the Bible:

1. Get a Bible that you can write in.

I am not talking about an expensive wide margin with extra pages (although I have one and I LOVE it!), but just a Bible that you feel comfortable writing in or highlighting. I would also suggest getting a box of colored pencils, two notebooks or some loose-leaf paper (and maybe some dividers if you like to be super organized!)

2. Pray!  Just like in any other thing that you do in life, you should start your Bible Study with prayer!

The most common thing that I hear is “I just don’t understand the Bible!” You should start each study session with prayer. I believe that God loves His Word, and He has given us many promises in His Word. I pray asking God to teach me from His Word. Some of my personal favorites are Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I might behold wonderful things out of your law.” and Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” 2 Timothy 3:16 also tells us that all Scripture is given by God and is PROFITABLE for Doctrine, Reproof, Correction and Instruction in Righteousness. When I pray, I ask God to show me these things in the passage that I am about to read.

3. Read the passage. Read it again.

You will gain insight through reading it several times. I like to read it quietly, then out loud, then quietly again.

4. Write the Scripture.

I love how in GMG we are asked to WRITE IT OUT. In your SOAP notes, you will only write out a smaller portion of our text, but I did want to share that writing out Scripture is KEY to studying and learning. I like to skip lines when I write so I have room to write or draw around the key words, people, places, and themes. It also gives me room to write definitions for words or names. (This is where my colored pencils or highlighters come in.)

5. Pull the passage apart, looking for any names, repeated words, phrases, ideas, and places. (Each one gets its own color.)

I will look up the meaning of a name, word etc in a Concordance. I will look for the first time a word is mentioned in Scripture to get a better understanding of its meaning. I will write the meaning and other notes beside the word.

6. Answer key questions when studying the Bible:

Who is the passage written to (Jew, Disciple, the Church/Christians, non-Christians)?
Who wrote it?
When was it written-OT/NT? Before or after Christ’s ascension into Heaven?
Where was it written? (to see if there were any customs or laws that would be common)
Why was it written (Doctrine, Reproof, Correction, Instruction)?
How does this passage apply to my life as a follower of Christ? How does my life need to change because of this passage?

7. Use resources like Bible commentaries by men like John Piper, John MacArthur…available online for you to read or listen to.

8. Put the Word into practice in your daily life.

Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”

9. HAVE FUN!

These questions can help you as you dive into God’s Word each day. They go beautifully with the SOAP reading plan – you can use them as you respond to your Observation and Application section.

{Click here to download of a printable bookmark you can keep in your Bible as a guide!}

God’s Word is alive.

It is powerful.

It changes lives.

Every time I read a passage, God reveals more to me about WHO He is.

It is a personal love letter written from the lover of my soul – and it is the Great Physicians surgical knife, helping me cut out the cancer of sin in my life. It is a light to our path – leading us daily closer to Christ.

Worshiping With My Life,

Mandy

Women-Of-Worship.com

 

** Chime IN: Do you have a favorite way to study scripture? Or a favorite Bible study tool?  Share it with us in the comment section!

 

Did you miss any of the posts in this series? Here are the links:

Blogging Through the Bible - this new series begins August 31st!

How to Start a Good Morning Girls Group - the forum closes September 7th and will not re-open until 2015!

Blogging Through the Bible Printable Reading Plans & eWorkbooks  - everything is free here – no enrollment, sign-ups or subscribing  required!

Do Not Be Discouraged When You Feel Judged

I am still on my blogging break but I am in Dallas, Texas this morning at a Women in Ministry Summit with Kay Arthur (author of over 100 Bible Studies!) and Logos Bible Software.

I had the opportunity to sit next to Kay Arthur and ask her many questions during breakfast yesterday.

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My mother has led her Precept Bible Studies for over 35 years. I am a product of Kay discipling my mother and my mother discipling me. So this was truly a joy to meet Kay, at the age of 80, in real life.

I was also trained on the amazing Logos Bible Software that includes so many Bible study tools and helps including commentaries, Bible dictionaries, lexicons and concordances all quickly at the touch of a fingertip in one place.  It’s amazing!

There were 50 of us like-minded women in ministry there including:

Janelle – Comfy In the Kitchen, Darlene – Time Warp Wife, and Jennifer – the Unveiled Wife

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Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries

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Rachael Wojo and Jennie Allen

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Heidi St. John – The Busy Mom

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And others like Liz Curtis Higgs, Elisa Morgan – CEO of MOPS, Sally Clarkson, Chrystal Hurst, Rachael Myers & Amanda Smith of She Reads Truth, Pam Ferrell who I really enjoyed – she’s the author of Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti and 40 more books, Margaret Feinberg, Lisa Harper, Patsy Clairmont, Susie Larson,  Cindy Bultema, Lore Ferguson, Jessica Thompson, Elyse Fitzpatrick and many more I’m forgetting. (I’m a little delirious from lack of sleep. Lol!)

So I am filled up, inspired and so very blessed and can’t wait to get back home to my family!

But I will remain on a blogging break a wee bit longer.

Until then, visit me today over at the Better Mom where we are discussing when you feel judged by other Christians.

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Walk with the King!
 

Escaping the Rat Race

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The term “rat race” began in the 1940′s with the invention of modern day conveniences.  More opportunities and choices were available to us than ever before and soon some felt like they were endlessly busy but often times with meaningless things.

Those who first used this term would never be able to imagine the modern day conveniences we experience in 2014!  We have more time saving appliances and resources available to us than ever before and yet it seems that our stress levels only continue to rise.

Is it God’s will for God’s people to be trapped in this rat race?

Join me over at ForTheFamily.org today — for the rest of this post…

Walk with the King,

 

***Links from this week’s Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home book club over at TimeWarpWife.com:

Monday: Can You Power Down? Managing Your Grip on Technology

Tuesday: Some Hard to Swallow Truth About Marriage

Wednesday: Biblical Submission is a Powerful Choice

Thursday: Living Well, Forgetfully

Friday: The Honor of Becoming a Helpmeet

 

 

The Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Sally Clarkson

 

Top 5 Lessons I've learned from Sally Clarkson

The first book I ever read by Sally Clarkson was in a group at church. We read The Mission of Motherhood and weekly got together to discuss it. This was when my children were very young and before I had decided to homeschool or start a blog.  I loved the book.

Years later, I would be at a blogging conference as a speaker and Sally would be on the speaking team as well.  I sought her out and asked if I could sit with her for dinner and the rest is history.  This author popped out of her book and became a real life friend.

Since that day I have read 8 of Sally’s books and have attended 3 of her conferences.  I have learned at least 100 things from her – but today, I’m a guest over at Sally’s blog!!! Hooray!!! And  I am sharing The Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Sally Clarkson.  

You do not want to miss these!  Just click here!

Walk with the King!

Courtney

I Lost My Voice…the Week of the Rachael Ray Show

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All of the contributors at TheBetterMom.com are taking turns telling their stories in the month of June.

Today it is my turn – so I invite you to click on over to TheBetterMom.com where I’m sharing my testimony along with a lesson I learned when I lost my voice…the week of the Rachael Ray Show. Bah!  > Click here <

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Walk with the King,

Courtney