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Word Up! Using the Bible in Daily Life

The Bible – Unique

List various names the Bible is called according to the following references:

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 –
  • Ephesians 6:17 –

According to John 17: 17, what is the Word?

The Bible is truth, all truth, and nothing but the truth. The Bible makes this claim for itself: "All Scripture is inspired by God" (2 Timothy 3: 16). Therefore, the Bible is unique among all human writings pointing to its source in God.

The Bible was written:

  • during a 1,600-year span.
  • over 60 generations.
  • by more than 40 writers from every walk of life: from king to peasant, philosopher to fisherman.
  • in different places: from the wilderness to a comfortable room to a dungeon.
  • at different times: from war to peace.
  • by authors experiencing different moods: from the height of joy to the depth of despair.
  • on three continents: Africa, Asia, Europe.
  • in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
  • on hundreds of controversial issues.

The Bible has exceptional internal consistency and continuity—an amazingly unified document. The Word of God is divided into two sections— the Old Testament and the New Testament. Testament means agreement. Under God’s old agreement with man He promised to send a Savior for our sins. The new agreement with man tells us the Savior has come.

Does this mean we are to disregard the Old Testament for the New Testament?

How did Christ see those who did not believe Old Testament prophecies? (Luke 24:25)

What did Christ say that unbelief in Him implied? (John 5:46-47)

What do you think Christ indicated was His responsibility concerning Old Testament prophecy? (Matthew 5:17,18)

Who wrote the Word? (2 Peter 1: 21)

The Bible – Unread

For many years, the Bible has remained the world’s most unread best-selling book. Consistent daily Bible reading is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Instead, the Bible has been used for other purposes across America like: decoration for coffee tables, bookshelves, the back of church pews, and places to hide secret stashes of cash.

God has higher purposes for His Word. He communicates with you through the Bible, revealing His character and His will. The pages of Scripture are filled with promises, pardon, peace and power.

According to the following verses, what will the Word of God do for you?

  • Psalm 119:133 –
  • John 12:48 –
  • John 15:3 –
  • Romans 10:17 –
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 –

Why were the Scriptures written? (John 20:30-31)

In our community, false religions and cults abound. The Bible helps prevent doctrinal tangents and sidetracks. How are you to discern the different teachings you encounter? (Isaiah 8:20)

As the Second Coming of Christ draws near, many false christs and false prophets will try to ____________ the people of God, but Jesus warns us to ____________ . (Mark 13:21-23)

How would you evaluate the difference reading the Bible has made in your life so far?  Can you think of a few passages that have brought about change in your life?

The Bible – Unveiled

1. Study

Read Joshua 1:8.

What specific things does God instruct Joshua to do?

What does God promise?

What do you see, at this point, as your main purpose in studying God’s Word?

When we approach the Word of God, how do we come to understand it? (1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

2. Quiet Time

Through the Holy Spirit’s leading in a Quiet Time, the Word of God can become your priority. A Quiet Time is daily time spent alone with the Lord for the purpose of getting to know Him.

Here are some prerequisites for a Quiet Time:

  • Bible
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Your memory
  • Set a definite time (Psalm 5:3, Mark 1:35).
  • Set a definite place (Mark 1:35).
  • Set a definite goal for your quiet time to be God-centered and strengthening to your soul (Psalm 19:7, Colossians 3: 16-17).
  • Set a definite heart’s posture of ____________ (Psalm 46: 10) and ____________ (Psalm 62:5).

Are you having a daily quiet time? Why or why not?

3. Suggested Methods

  1. For more in-depth study of the Word, additional Bible study books like a topical Bible, concordance, commentaries, and Bible dictionary are helpful. However, always remember Bible study involves just that — studying the Bible. The other books are merely tools to assist you in getting the rich truths God has for you in His Word.
  2. Variety in your method of study is a must. Don’t get stuck in a rut!
  3. One Suggested Method:
  • Pray — ask God to speak to you.
  • Choose one chapter or a portion of a chapter from a book of the Bible you will systematically study.
  • Read the chapter several times — generally, specifically, personally.
  • Record what the passage means. What is the author saying to his audience?

          Make a list of:

           — attitudes

           — sins to confess and forsake

           — actions to take/avoid

           — examples to follow

           — promises to claim

  • Respond to God in prayer and obedience.
  • Remember to memorize a key verse from the passage and meditate on it.

    4.  Book Study

The Bible contains many books. Yet, the divine plan of God to redeem men in Christ Jesus runs through the whole of it. Consider each book as part of the whole. Read it through.

  • Mark and underline words, phrases and passages as God speaks to you through His Word.
  • Outline the book.
  • List the principal characters, who they are and their significance.
  • Select from each chapter key verses to memorize and copy each one on a card to carry with you. 
  • List teachings to obey and promises to claim.
  • Consider the characteristics revealed about God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit.
  • What book would you particularly like to study using this method? (It’s best to start with a shorter one.)

 

5. Topical Study

Choose an important subject such as grace, truth, prayer, faith, assurance, justification, regeneration, peace, etc. Using a topical Bible and concordance, study the scope of the topic throughout the Bible. You will probably find it necessary to divide each topic into subtopics as you accumulate material. For example, if you are studying prayer, you may find it easier if you divide the topic into different categories: forms of prayer, prayer promises, examples of prayer in Scripture, Christ’s teaching on prayer, Christ’s ministry as we pray, ministry of the Holy Spirit in prayer, etc.

  • What topic do you plan to study first?
  • How much time have you scheduled for it?

An exciting result of a life-changing Bible study is developing a Christian worldview — your personal perspective of the world and how to live life in it. Your worldview is based on studying Scripture and developing convictions supported by your experience of walking with God. Your life affects the world. Your world perspective will also affect the world. Your Christian worldview is a critical point of action in your personal strategy to change the world for Jesus Christ.

From Intercultural Resources/Campus Crusade for Christ 2000 Call 1.407.826.2000


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