If you’ve missed some of the BIBLE READING TIPS that’s been in our weekly Sunday Bulletin…SMILE 🙂 HERE THEY ARE!
READ A LITTLE EACH DAY
Start small. Start now. If Bible reading each day is a challenge, choose to read a chapter in Proverbs – or at least a portion of the chapter. The next day, continue where you left off. Don’t feel guilty, don’t be hard on yourself. But do receive God’s inner conviction to grow in the disciplines of reading God’s Word!
PRACTICE MAKES …?
Practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect – but it can make permanent.Correct (or Incorrect) Bible observation & reading practices will affect the outcome of how you and I view God and interpret His Word. Thus “good” observation practice can lead to “good” interpretation permanence.
Invest in a good STUDY BIBLE. A Study Bible provides cultural & historical notes to help you understand the background of the Scripture. These notes are written and agreed upon by a group of scholars/theologians. Other “thematic” Bibles (Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Sports, Leadership), Life Application Bible or one with notes from a Pastor/Leader, are good starter Bibles. For further growing I highly recommend a (NIV, NASB, ESV) STUDY BIBLE.
ASK GOOD QUESTIONS
Before you “apply” any verse or portion of Scripture to your life, ask a few good questions like: What does this verse or passage mean in its context? What does this passage teach us about God, His person, character or ways? Who is the writer writing about? Writing to? What is the point of the storyline?
PRAYER | PSALM 119
There are so many passages in Psalm 119 for us to pray, prior to our Bible reading/devotion, like verses  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
CHOOSE HOW YOU APPROACH THE BIBLE
- Decide before you read that you know nothing about the passage. Be careful not to create meaning but discover the author’s intended meaning. Be ready to have your “predetermined or cherished ideas” challenged.
- Approach His Word to first know God and His ways. Don’t just approach God or the Bible with “your questions in life” to be answered.
THE HOLY SPIRIT & PRAYER
Ask the Holy Spirit who is our Teacher, to reveal God’s truths and ways through His Word. He gives us insights, discernment and wisdom. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John14:26 “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, …” 1` Cor. 2:13
LESS IS MORE?
Is it the amount of Bible chapters you read that matters to God? Or could it be hearing His voice is what really matters no matter how many chapters or verses you read? I believe the key is to SLOW DOWN YOUR READING. Ponder, meditate on portions of Scripture rather than trying to “check off” your Scripture reading bookmark.