Keys to Bible study 3
'Everyone who hears these words of mine.' Matthew 7:24 NIV
Here are three reasons why we read the Bible: (1) To find text that supports our views. But when we do this, we could take a verse out of context just because it backs up what we think. Then we're in danger of misinterpreting the intent of the scripture. We should allow God's Word to change the way we think, not use it to back up our views and opinions. (2) To find promises that apply to our particular needs. When we're struggling, finding a verse that offers us hope and support is very encouraging. But we should be turning to the Bible regularly, not only when we're facing challenges. Also, some of the promises may have conditions attached, and if we take the promise without looking at the whole picture, we're again in danger of misinterpreting what the scripture actually says. (3) To discover principles to live by. We should all aim to be in this third group. Jesus said, 'Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock' (Matthew 7:24 NIV).
The main aim of Bible study should be to discover the wonder of who God is and how he longs to have relationship with us. From this revelation will flow the right approach to life using God's good principles.
So what now? What has God been showing you about himself through your Bible study recently? How can you apply this insight to your life right now?
Soulfood: 2 Chr 7:12-16 Matt 6:5-15 Luke 18:1-8,