How To Study The Bible: Helpful Tips To Strengthen Your Time In The Word

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Determining the meaning of Scripture is one of the most important tasks a believer has in this life. God does not tell us that we must simply read the Bible. We must study it and handle it correctly (2 Timothy 2:15). Studying the Scriptures is hard work. A cursory or brief scanning of Scripture can sometimes yield very wrong conclusions. Therefore, it is crucial to understand several principles for determining the correct meaning of Scripture. For more articles on bible study, check out Simple Tools To Improve Your Personal Bible Study and Ten Ways To Study The Bible.

Before You Begin

First, the one who would study the Bible must pray and ask the Holy Spirit to impart understanding, for that is one of His functions. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). Just as the Holy Spirit guided the apostles in the writing of the New Testament, He also guides us in the understanding of Scripture. The Bible is God's book, and we need to ask Him what it means. If you are a Christian, the author of Scripture-the Holy Spirit-dwells inside you, and He wants you to understand what He wrote.

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