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How to Get More from Your Bible
Hebrews 4:12

Introduction:

A.      Why is reading the Bible so taxing?

1.      Difficult to understand; overwhelming; boring.

2.      Out of date; not relevant.

3.      Many would rather read novels, magazines, etc.

B.     Conclusion: No desire to study it.

Discussion:

I.         Why Study the Bible At All?

A.      Edification: To stand approved before God. 2 Tim. 2:15

B.     Evangelism: Give a reason for the hope that lies within us. 1 Pet. 3:15

C.     Because we simply want to draw closer to our God!

II.       Without Purpose or Urgency

A.      Without purpose there is no apparent need to study. cp. Acts 8:30-31

B.     Without urgency there is no drive to study.

C.     Without desire there will be no genuine study.

III.      Keys to Effective Bible Study

A.      Attitude!

B.     Perseverance: learning is time consuming.

C.     Bible Reading, Bible Reading, Bible Reading, etc. (connecting the dots: dots get closer and the picture becomes clearer).

IV.    No Good Without Good Tools

A.      You can study the Bible by just reading and discernment.

B.     Your studies are greatly enhanced, however, with tools.

C.     Studying the Bible without any or insufficient tools can be quite difficult!

V.      Tools of the Trade

A.      Translations

B.     Interlinear

C.     Concordance

D.     Maps

E.     Bible Software

1.      Use a Bible software program much easier than books

2.      Free: E-Sword (.net); The Word (.net)

3.      Online: www.mystudybible.com   www.youversion.com

VI.    Making It Come Alive!

Conclusion ~ Life Application:

A.      No Bible study has any value unless it affects you personally.

B.     There is no desire to study unless we can appreciate the salvation given to us by God.

C.     Because of our salvation we should long for souls to be saved and give all an answer for the hope that lies within each of us!

 


Glory to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Franklin Church of Christ