Read, Understand, & Memorize the Bible
Did you know that research has revealed that those who attend church regularly live pretty much the same lifestyle as the rest of the world. Divorce, drug abuse, crime, infidelity and other moral behavioral choices are just as same for those who attend church as those who do not go to church at all.
Did you know that those who read their Bible at least four times per week show significant difference in their world view, attitudinal habits, and behavioral choices? There is a much higher level of health and stability among Bible readers even when they face some of life’s toughest challenges. Reading the Bible on regular basis influences the way you cope with money, relationships, crisis, addictions and behavioral issues. We now have scientific proof that God’s word shapes and changes lives.
Did you know that teenagers who engage in reading the Bible at least four times per week are much less likely to get involved in sex outside of marriage, gambling, getting drunk or using drugs or pornography?
Reading God’s word not only feeds our minds with truth and inspiration, but it ushers us into His presence and invites us into close communion with Him. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Today’s lesson is designed to help you see the importance of reading, understanding and memorizing Scripture.
The Bible is no Ordinary Book
•It was written by men who were inspired by God (2 Peter 1:20-21, Luke 1:1-4, 1 John 1:1)
•It teaches us how we should live (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
Reading, Understanding and Memorizing Scripture Makes us Stronger
•2 Timothy 3:15-17
There are many ways to know and understand Scripture
•The Bible is written in various languages and versions. It is important for you to find a translation will be best for you. Compare a variety of different translations. A very inexpensive way to access different versions is to visit www.biblegateway.com .
•It is important for you understand some of the basics on how to use your Bible.
v What is the difference between the Old and New Testaments?
v What part of the Bible should I read first?
v How is the Bible divided into books, chapters and verses?
•Attend church. Listening to the pastor's sermons, attending Bible studies, and fellowshipping with others from the church provides numerous opportunities for you to understand and apply important principles from the Bible.
•Practice the discipline of reading a portion of the Bible each day. As you read, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. When you have finished, write down your thoughts. What is God trying to say? Is there a truth I should know? Is there a promise I can rely on? Is there a sin to avoid? Is there an action to take?
•Study the Bible with a group of friends. Make sure the leader is experienced in understanding and teaching the Bible. You can join our mailing list and receive weekly Bible studies. Or find a Bible study by visiting the MOSAIC website.
•Memorize Scripture. Psalm 119:11 says "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
More Serious Bible Study
We do not fill our bodies with a large amount of food and then starve ourselves for two or three weeks. It would not be healthy. What is true for us physically is also true spiritually. Consistency is crucial for good spiritual health. Here are a few ideas that might help you:
1. Choose a good time without interruptions. Then discipline yourself to keep the schedule.
2. Study in the same place. Preferably, this will be a place with good light and will have a table where you place your Bible. This will help your body to dedicate more time and your mind to adapt more quickly to the Bible study. It may be at home, in the office, or even in the car.
3. Keep at hand all your needs: Your Bible, dictionaries, paper, etc. Today your computer can be an incredible resource. Put it to good use by exploring the various Bible study tools that are currently available.
4. Ask God to give you understanding. The Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher, and He will guide you in the treasures that you are seeking.
5. Ask yourself three questions about every verse or small portion that you read:
· What does it say? This is "observation". Be sure to understand the context of the words. Try to answer the questions who, what, when, where, for what, and how in each passage.
· What does it mean? This is is "interpretation". Search into the thoughts and the teachings of the author. What did he want to teach his original public? How would they have understood the teachings of their world?
· What does it mean to me? This is "application". With all sincerity, self examine if you have:
i. Sins to abandon.
ii. Promises to claim.
iii. Examples to imitate.
iv. Commands to obey.
v. Obstacles or mistakes to avoid
Each day, at the end of the Bible study, you will discover that God speaks to us through His blessed word and according to our personal need because he knows us, loves us, and wants to help us in our daily life.