On this site you will find notes on many bible studies, all listed at the side. Just click on any of your choice. The purpose of our studies is to create an appetite for the Word of God. The natural mind has little appetite for the things of God especially in prayer and Bible reading. That has to be overcome before you start.
To get the best from these studies, firstly you have to have a mindset to study. That may sound obvious, but sadly most folk read almost everything like a novel and read merely for some immediate stimulation or titivation. So you will need to read slowly and ponder repeatedly. The more you put in, the more you will get out. The good thing is that it gets easier, and your appetite grows.
Probably to get the best from these notes you could imagine yourself passing on the study, to a church group or audience. So then you would read and make your own notes, this would necessitate repeated readings. Make sure you check out the Bible references where quoted, making sure you are cognisant of the context. Be sure to buy a notebook, or notepad.
How to study the Bible
General Bible study should also be done slowly, setting yourself a good time space. The easiest and simplest method for some. might be to answer the questions Who? Why? What? When? Where?
Delving into a bible concordance can become most enjoyable as your appetite for the truths of God’s word increases. The keener you are, the more the Holy Spirit will reveal truths to you. Please be assured that no spiritual truth is obvious to the natural mind, for it does not understand spiritual things, check out the first ten verses of Romans ch 8. So every attempt at Bible study should begin with prayer, that your spiritual eyes will be opened. You can b sure that when some truth is revealed in your heart, you will know it, and could virtually pass it on orally immediately, just as you could recant something you had read in a newspaper. It usually comes with a fair amount of joy or excitement, which in its turn creates more hunger.
The second tip for general Bible study is to read the passage or book you are studying many times over, and then write it out, in your own words. If you keep these notes you should find that each time you rehearse the study you will write it out more clearly and more fully.
Thirdly it is a good idea to write out questions on the passage you are reading, in quiz form. These can be addressed to others or indeed if you don’t understand something then make note a question for yourself and either seek the answer then or wait until light dawns later. If all else fails, google your question.
Finally, it is important to pass on what is revealed to you. This can be done orally where appropriate, but especially in your behaviour. The Holy Spirit will not reveal light for you to merely expand your intellect and certainly not for personal glory. Light is revealed for us to WALK in. Faith and Obedience are Siamese twins. Not to walk in the light received is heaping up judgment to your own soul.
Some folk find it easier to study from books. These studies can be copied and pasted into MS Word then printed out if need be.
However, one cannot stress enough the fact that spiritual growth comes by the bread and meat of the word of God. The manna that fell for the Israelites came as coriander seed and needed grinding and baking to get the best from it.
Num 11:7-9: "And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it."
In Exodus we read that the wafer tasted like honey, but you need something more substantial than wafers; you need to cook your own bread.
Exod 16:31 "And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey."
The word “Manna" means “What is it?” Which is what the Israelites probably exclaimed when they first saw it. The answer is surely Taste and see! It is certainly not a dreary old book to a child of God (John 1:12-13).
If you are new to the Bible, we would recommend one should start reading the studies on site, in the following order; Mark, Luke, Matthew John, Romans, Hebrews, Ephesians, The Life of Christ. But if you happen to be like the hundreds of others given this advice, you probably will ignore it.
A good greek/hebrew concordance (e.g. Strongs) would be of great help to those who question the differences between the New Translations. Years ago someone said to me that the Authorised King James version was inspired. I remember laughing at the time. I don't laugh anymore. Not a day passes without discovering some verses in the NIV which have missed the point completely, in their failed effort to make it easier to understand. Some verses are factually WRONG. The Devil is the author of confusion. The medicine of Heresy can be 90% truth and 10% lies. The devil will settle for 1% if he has to.
When you are familiar with the New Testament, and the invisible things of the Kingdom, then you will get far more from the Old Testament, as you will see it for what it is- a parable or shadow of the New Testament. If you ignore our advice and start in Genesis, then don’t call us to dig you out from Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
We are happy to help in your studies. Please use the form below to contact. Our home in Penrith is open at any appointed time, convenient to anyone earnestly desiring to understand the Word of God.
If you spot any "typing" errors or unclear wording, we would very much appreciate being told.
Numbers 6:24-26: "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."