Bible Study Guide
In 2013 I began studying the Bible for the first time. I know this is a faith site and you'd probably expect somone who writes this stuff to have studied it beforehand, but it was and still is a remarkable experience.
I started following the book by Tim Lahaye called "How to study the Bible for yourself". I also made a point of writing everything down. I soon became aware of exactly how God spoke to me (To be honest, he sounds like Michael Caine!!) and that I was being instructed to keep a journal in order that other people could not only get a handle on reading the Bible for themselves, but also it would help them recognise how God spoke to them too.
I would like to urge you to download this book and see for yourself the type of discussion/instructions I received from God on a daily basis over 365 days.
On reflection, it's great fun to see how things have ebbed and flowed as well as reviewing life over the past twelve months. I hope you will be encouraged to do your own study and share what God has been saying to you, perhaps over a coffee!
The author Tim LaHaye, I later found out he had been a Pastor for years before he wrote the Left Behind series with Jerry Jenkins.
I also found out that they have written hundreds of books. A serious feat in itself. As I was checking out Tim LaHaye, I came across this book, How to Study the Bible for yourself.
To begin with, when I first started reading the book I quickly came to realise that the book really was for beginners like me. One of the main things initially, that came across, was Tim's explanation to look at the Bible as a library of books, on shelves.
The trouble is, a book with so many pages can seem somewhat overwhelming, especially the onionskin paper. Try getting your teenage daughter to read it, you'll soon find out...
The book seemed to be presented in an academic format, a specific structure to help read and tackle the Bible. It soon became very clear that there was a great deal to be obtained and achieved by reading the bible in this way.
When I got to page 56 and the title of the page read The Three Year Bible Reading Schedule, I immediately thought to myself how on earth...reading a book in three years!
Nevertheless so as to be complete here is the schedule:
- First year
- First John, seven times
Galatians through to Philemon
The New Testament, twice
- Second year
- A Proverb every day for four months
Two other wisdom literature chapters daily
(Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon)
Read repeatedly for one month the following;
Romans 5 to 8
John 14 to 17
- Third year
- One New Testament chapter daily
Two Old Testament chapters daily
Five old Testament chapters each Sunday
Tim goes on to explain how these chapters are to be read, he suggests that only four chapters are read each day. He also recommends that a journal is used in which to write the following:
- Gods Message
- This becomes apparent after only a few days. I started to get a real feel for what God was saying to me and I wrote it down. I can say that this is the most amazing part of this experience. If you've got this far on this page, you have probably got a sense of my 'enthusiasm' (from the Greek word God within you!) for doing this.
- A promise
- These are the promises from God that are explained clearly in the bible and I have written word for word quoting the Bible references.
- A commandment
- This becomes fairly clear, especially when the verse of sentence begins with "I tell you..."
- A Timeless Principle
- I sometimes find it a little difficult to determine between a Timeless Principle and a Commandment, but it gradually becomes clearer and clearer.
- This is the part that forces you (me) to think about how the passages I have just read will impact my behaviour.
I cannot stress enough how important I believe it is for every Christian to understand what it is that God is saying to you. He is always communicating with us, but we have become so deafened by the noise from the enemy in all its forms.
In keeping with my communication with God, He wants us to realise whats being done to us by the enemy and to wake up and make a stand.
I have read and listened to enough sermons to know that if anyone wants to know the will of God for their lives they simply have to know the Word of God and that's the Bible.
I thank Tim LaHaye for this essential book, as it has changed my relationship with God. I am eager to get started on it each morning, especially as we are told to check what is told, taught or preached to us by making sure that these things line up with the Word of God. (Acts 17:11)
What better way than to get stuck in and learn His word with the help of The Holy Spirit.
I realise that I could read the same chapter 100 times and get something different from it each time. To know the will of God, we have to get to know Him and build up a genuine personal relationship. I know it seems strange, but that's only because of the noise out there in the world.
If you have read any of my other blogs, you know that I have experienced most of what the world has to offer and I have no intention of going back to it. God's got my back - Has He got yours?
To buy the book, click on this link to Amazon, there's no excuse as you can pick up a copy for £0.21p + postage
On 28th May 2015 I completed my year of study and will make a PDF draft copy available so please check back or email me if you would me to let you know when it's ready.
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