Welcome back to part five of our eight-week Bible study titled New Beginnings. Hope you all are staying warm, drive and safe with all this winter weather we are receiving. This is a course that is taught to new believers but fear not, those that are already believers, it never hurts to have a refresher course.Just a reminder there are work sheets for those that wish to keep notes. You can request them off our website, or Facebook.
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The first week we learned about creation, sins, and we learn how to accept Jesus. The second week, we learn how to be sure of your salvation and just before the holidays we learned about publicly declaring your faith. Last week we learned about sharing the faith. This week we are going to learn how to “Study Your Bible”.
Just before we get started however, how many of you completed your homework assignment? You were supposed to make a list of people you know who needs to receive Jesus. As well, you were supposed to share your testimony with someone this week. My hat is off to those that completed your homework – GREAT JOB!!!
God wants an intimate, personal relationship with you. You are not just an acquaintance or a distant relative- You are His child. The relationship can be strengthened by studying the bible – His revelation to you.
Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s word is living and active. This means the Bible is more than a book, more than words on a page. It is more than words spoken in ancient times. The bible is relevant; it addresses the needs of today.
- God’s Word Has Specific Purpose (Read 2 Timothy 3:16)
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.
- God’s Word Is Useful for Teaching. Read these verses and write what they teach us about God.Jeremiah 31:3 / Romans 5:8
- God’s Word is Useful for Rebuking (to point out a fault) and Convicting of Sin.
Read Ephesians 4:26-31 and list some areas where God’s Word points out faults in our lives. Ephesians 4:26–31
- God’s Word is Useful for Correction of Error.
Not only does the bible convict, but it also corrects. Psalm 119 points out the psalmist’s experiences with God’s Word. This psalm teaches that God’s word gives direction for living. Verse 9 asks, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” Read Psalm 119:9 and write the answer to this question.Psalm 119:9
As God’s Word takes root in your heart, your faith and defects will be corrected by the Bible’s influence.
- God’s Word is Useful for Training in Righteousness (Godly behavior).
Bible study is your spiritual food. Just as your physical body benefits from nutrients in the food you eat, your spiritual life benefits from consistent Bible study. Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Where your words came, I ate them.”
2. There Are Several Methods of Learning God’s Word.
One of these can be compared to the fingers of your hand. It is easy to lose your grip if you hold something with one or two fingers. If you hear, read, study, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word, your grasp of its truth will become a firm part of your life.
- Hear – Write Romans 10:17 belowRomans 10:17
- Listen to your pastor’s sermons and to Bible Studies. Take notes on what you hear. If you don’t have a church, find one or listen to our sermons online every Sunday.
- Read – Write 1 Timothy 4:13 below1 Timothy 4:13Set a goal to read a certain amount from the Bible each day. For example, read one chapter daily from the gospel of John. If you need guidance with a bible reading plan, contact us and we will send you our plan.
- Study – Write 2 Timothy 2:15 below:2 Timothy 2:15
When you study, ask the following questions:
- What promise is there to claim?
- What example is there to follow?
- What command is there to obey?
- What sin is there to confess and forsake?
If you haven’t done so already, enroll and faithfully attend your church’s Bible Study. If not at least check out our weekly Mid-week Bible Study.
- Memorize – Write Psalm 119-11 below:Psalm 119:11
Memorizing scripture gives you the opportunity to share god’s word and assist you in overcoming sin. Seek to memorize at least one scripture verse every week.
- Meditate – Write Joshua 1:8 below:Joshua 1:8Meditation is the spiritual digestion. It is analyzing and dwelling on a verse over and over. Meditate on a scripture verse during the day as you drive, rest, walk, jog or play.
List the four purposes of God’s Word.
- God’s Word is useful for Teaching
- God’s Word is useful for Rebuking
- God’s Word is useful for Correction of error
- God’s Word is useful for Training in Righteousness
Using the hand illustration, fill in the five methods of Bible Study.
When would be a good time each day for you to spend in bible study?
I generally do my bible study in the morning right after breakfast. If for some reason I can’t do it then, it gets done the first available time slot later in the day.
Approach Bible study expectantly. Use the prayer of Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law”.
Last week: Mark Chapters 1 – 5
This week: Mark Chapters 6 – 10