I’ll never forget the thrill of meeting Jesus when I was a teenager!  I loved reading my Bible. It was life to my soul. In time though, I began listening to others’ opinions on the Bible instead of deepening my faith in a personal God through my own Bible study. Before long I was pretty confused.

I have found that many people are in a similar situation. They are bewildered by the opinions of others and confused about what God really thinks. Perhaps you are one of them.

The turning point came when I started praying to hear God’s voice. He began teaching me principles of Bible study that have made His Word truly become “the Word of Life” to me (1 John 1:1). I’d like to share those principles with you in this four-part series on understanding the Bible.

A God-Led Conversation

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

One of the most important things God taught me is that He wants us to understand His thoughts. His desire to converse with us is far greater than our desire to talk with Him. God wants to engage us in conversation so that we can understand Him clearly through His written Word.

But I have learned that understanding the Bible does not come through a superficial scan. Instead, true Bible study is made up of three repeated steps: 1) Biblical reading, 2) Biblical thinking and 3) Biblical application.

We will explore these steps in detail in coming issues. As we do, you’ll see how they work together to radically expand your understanding of God’s Word. They have transformed my life. I know they’ll transform yours too.

For today, I invite you to begin praying this prayer from Jeremiah 33:3 each day:

“Father God, I want to understand your Word! Please teach me. I want to hear Your voice speaking to me. Thank you for answering, just as You have promised, and showing me great and mighty things about Yourself. I can’t wait to see what You have for me today in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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The Heart of The Sabbath

God took the day off work to pursue His relationship with Adam and Eve. He is just as passionate about His relationship with each of us today. He desires to be our best Friend. Jesus loves us and the Sabbath proves it!
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The Sabbath Solution

We are perpetually tethered to work by our devices. We answer emails and work on projects off the clock. Then we rack up additional screen time scrolling through social media and binge watching our favorite shows. The result—anxiety and depression rates are at all-time highs. Experts are seeking solutions. God has the answer.
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Bible Q&A: What does is mean that Jesus will come “as a thief in the night”?

Why does the Apostle Paul say that Jesus will come “as a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2), but Jesus says that “every eye will see Him” (Rev. 1:7)? Can the Second Coming be both?
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How to Turn On God’s Alarm Clock

What if begin the day filled with a sense of God’s presence and assured you of His love and interest? You can! God would be glad to wake you up. Learn how to turn on His alarm clock tomorrow morning.
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God Wants to have a Conversation with You

Are you confused by the things other people are telling you about the Bible? Wouldn’t you like to hear from God Himself? You can! He’s inviting you to have a conversation with you through the Bible.
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Truth: The Real Gold

Are you confused by the things other people are telling you about the Bible? Wouldn’t you like to hear from God Himself? You can! He’s inviting you to have a conversation with you through the Bible.
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How to Read the Bible and Get Something Out of It

Reading the Bible begins our conversation with God. Reading each passage seven times allows us to really hear what God is saying.

It Was Because He Loved Me

Why do people follow Jesus? The gospel of John gives us the answer: In writing the story of how Christ loved others, John was revealing how Jesus was loving him.
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Biblical Thinking: The Next Step in the Conversation

Biblical Thinking is the tool God wants to use to take your Bible study to a whole new level of conversation and prayer.
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