May 10, 2017 (H2BEC: Reading Your Bible 1)

What is the first thing that you do when you read your Bible?

                Some people turn on music, or want quiet, grab a cup of coffee or a snack. I like to have a cup of coffee and a notebook when I read so that I can take notes. I Typically turn on some soft music or just sit in the quiet.

Some things I try to do when I read are-

·         Slow down, be consistent, listen, and think

·         Many ways we can do it, but we need to focus on three major things when we do

o   Prayer

o   Context

o   Application

Prayer:

·         We studied prayer for 3 weeks. What are some reasons why we pray, and how we pray?

§  Because we know that God is in control

§  Because Jesus prayed

§  We pray with thanksgiving to God for what He has done for us

§  We pray with expectation that God is going to move

o   Prayer allows us to Focus on God and the Bible and to remove other distractions from our mind.

o   It gives us the right mindset and attitude—worship, eager to hear from God

o   It allows us to put God in His rightful place before we begin reading.

·         What Should we pray?

o   We should ask that God would clear our mind of things that aren’t from Him. We should ask for the Holy Spirit to speak to us through His word and that in what we read we can apply it to our lives so that we can be more like Christ. (You can word this however you like)

Context:

·         The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.

·         How do we keep scripture in context?

o   We read the verses as a whole section and not just a single verse.

o   We ask questions:

§  What did the Author say to the original audience?

§  What does it mean to the original audience?

§  What does it mean for me? (not to me)

·         There is only one correct interpretation, but endless application

Application:

·         How do we apply scripture to our lives?

o   The Bible is inspired by God, so it is profitable for our use (2 Timothy 3:16)

o   It is infallible (incapable of error) and inerrant (without error)

§  We don’t just need to read it, but we need to put it into practice (Matthew 7:24; 26)

·         Questions to ask yourself when you read:

o   Is there a commandment here I need to put into practice?

o   Is there a promise I need to claim?

o   Is there an attitude to adopt?

o   A prayer to echo?

o   A habit I should begin?

o   A behavior I must change?

o   A sin to forsake?

o   How can I be more like Christ because of my study of these verses?

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