Beginning your new life in God's Word


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Bible verses from New Living Translation (NLT)

Throughout history God has desired to communicate with the people of His creation.

Before Jesus came, God spoke to and through the committed people of the Old Testament who recorded His Word.

God then sent His Word to earth personally, in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1 :14).

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

While Jesus was on earth, as well as after His death and resurrection, God again directed committed men to record the words and ministry of the Son of God. The result of their faithfulness and availability is the New Testament.

The Bible is the entire record of God’s communication to us. It has been given to us by God who desires our fellowship and worship.

This Bible study will help to explain how to understand and enjoy the Bible.

LEARNING TO LISTEN TO GOD

The Bible is the most important book one could read. Many people do not know how to listen to what God is saying to them in His Word. A meaningful relationship with the Lord is dependent on hearing and understanding what He is sharing with us.

The following are some hints to help you begin your study of God’s Word.

Understand that reading the Bible is not like reading any other book. The Bible is God’s inspired Word to man. In this book, God has something to say to you.

Therefore, read with the attitude:

Lord, this is Your personal letter of love and instruction to me. Help me to understand and obey Your counsel and commands.

PREPARATION

In addition to the Bible, you will need a pen or pencil, and paper. Taking written notes will make you think more clearly. They will also keep you from forgetting what you learn. Consider buying a notebook to record your study of the Bible.

Find a quiet place to study and decide what verses to examine.

Then stop to ask God to speak to you through His word.

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

1) It is best to start by reading the entire book in the Bible. Then read three times the chapter your verses are in.

2) Read your passage several times to understand the main thing it is saying. Write this in your own words on your paper.

3) Be sure to read what comes before and after your verses so you will know the context.

4) It may be helpful to write out the whole passage by hand.

5) If there is anything you do not understand write your question down on your paper. Perhaps you will see the answer later as you study. Until then the question will keep you thinking and reading.

6) Keep reading the passage again and again until no more questions come to your mind.

Then ask the following questions and write the answers on your paper:

a) What is the main thing the passage is saying?

b) What is the key verse?

c) What does it teach me about God or the Lord Jesus Christ?

d) Who is the passage speaking about?

Who wrote it? To whom was it written?

e) Where and when does it take place?

f) What reasons does the writer give for saying what he has written?

g) It is very important to ask “How does this apply to me?”

Ask these questions:

  • Is there any command to obey?

  • Is there any promise to claim?

  • Is there any sin to confess?

  • Is there any example to follow?

  • Is there any attitude to change?

-Write down exactly what changes you need to make in your life. Be specific.

EXERCISE

Study Luke 19:1 - 10.

Jesus and Zacchaeus

1 Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town.

2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.

3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd.

4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

9 Jesus responded, ‘Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.’

  • Follow the steps above.
  • Write your answers on paper.

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