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HOW TO PERFORM BETTER IN BIBLE STUDY
1. Start with Prayer!
Pray that God will give you
wisdom and understanding of not only what the Bible means, but how it applies.
Prayer is the first step to
connecting with God. It seems logical, then, to begin with prayer before you get
Your prayer doesn’t have to
be eloquent, complicated, or perfect. Simply ask God to be with you and to give
you focus and wisdom.
The best part is, he’s
already promised you that He will!
“If you need wisdom, ask
our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for
asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do
not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the
sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to
receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world,
and they are unstable in everything they do” (James 1:5-8, NLT).
2. Spend Time in God’s Word
“Blessed is the one who
does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or
sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and
who meditates on his Law Day and night.” — Psalms 1:1-2
In order to effectively
study the Bible, we have to spend time in it. We will not be able to learn and
grasp much from God’s Word if we are not reading it regularly. Spending time in
the Bible will increase our familiarity with it. It will also allow us to see
themes that are present in different books of the Bible and find applications
It’s important to remember
that understanding the Bible requires faith. We have to believe it. Augustine
challenged us, “Believe so that you may understand.” Augustine said those words
because he himself never properly understood the Bible until he believed. The
Bible is much like polarised lenses that fishermen use. Without polarised
lenses, the water has an intense glare. But with polarised lenses, one can see
into the water. The Bible requires faith for us to see its depths.
Read the passage in context
can be easy to just pick out a verse that sounds good to you, but to really
understand it, you should read the context (the surrounding chapter/verses).
Take the time to find out who the author is, who the book was written to, and
why it was written, and it can clear up a lot of questions. A study Bible or commentary
can be a great resource.