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How To Properly Study The Bible

There are many ways to study the Bible. What is the way you are most comfortable with? What book have you recently studied, and what key thing did you learn during your study?

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 ---Madison1101 on 9/3/06
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I used daily study notes for many years. A few years ago I decided to start at the beginning and just read through the whole book. It took me just over a year using KJV. I'm now doing the same with NIV but I listen to it on a tape and follow the written word whilst listening. I seem to take more in that way. The key thing I've learnt is that I always find verses that I think I've never seen or heard before, yet I must have.
---M.P. on 12/29/07

I would have to agree. though I have strayed I have always known that jesus came and died for me, and have always believed it.
---tom2 on 9/24/06

Alan, let me ask you this, if a Christian is capable of turning from God and truly from his heart does not want God any longer, was he really a Christian?
"By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain." 1 Cor.15:2
I think anyone that denys Christ after learning the truth was not saved, even if they thought they were. Otherwise the truth would have remained in them. So their past belief was not real, but in vain.
---tofurabby on 9/13/06

Tof & Mad (I could not resist that!) The Prodigal Son came back. I have always regarded that parable as being about our first return to the Lord, when we are first saved.
And having once returned, the PS was given a huge party and rejoined the family. Now what if he went away again and cursed his father till the end of his life?
I find it very difficult to understand how a Christian who does a Paul-to-Saul and stays at enmity with God and Christ could retain his (now unwanted) salvation
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/12/06

1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, **or of putting on of apparel**
All righty then................
All I can say is, no matter what verson you prefer,do make sure you have at least 2 or 3 scriptures to back up what you are saying.
---kathr4453 on 9/11/06

3. That is the comfort we have in Christ, and the dependence that we have in Him. If we didn't have that dependence, we would never make it on our own. He loves us so much because we are His children forever. eternally. By faith we hold on to His Jesus. No matter the circumstances, no matter the trials, He will see us through. Now that is a hope that no one can give but God through Jesus Christ our Lord and our Saviour.
---lee_1 on 9/11/06

2. Madison gave a good example in the prodical son. The father does not say, "I told you so, so don't come back" what he does is receives him with open arms. Welcomes him back for he was always his son. He didn't disown him. He didn't punish him. God goes even further, He gives them help, the Holy Spirit is there to correct them, guide them, teach them, convict them and carry them through their lives.
---lee_1 on 9/11/06

Tofurabby, great answers. I don't see what is so hard to understand about God's promises. They are there, Jesus said most of them. Eternal is eternal. Reconciliation means just that. Justification means justified. Forever means forever. No one can take them out of Jesus hands, means "no one" I don't think this passages have any hermeneutic problems at all. They are not symbols, not mataphors. Not angelic talking, just streight literal sentences.
---lee_1 on 9/11/06

Spike, the some that you are talking about need to suck it up and learn that the world doesnt revolve around them. If they want to be offended by something I say that was not said with that intention, I cannot stop them. They are making nothing into something and I dont have time for it.

If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.
---tofurabby on 9/11/06

And think of this, if the Prodigal Son never returned, the father would still love him. He would still give inheritance to his son's offspring, he would bury his son right beside himself if he could. The father would still love that son, NO MATTER WHAT. That son made a choice that cost him many pleasures (heavenly rewards) but none would cause a good father to turn his back.
---tofurabby on 9/11/06

Alan: How did the father of the Prodigal Son view his lost son? He sought his return with anticipation. If a child of the Lord turns his back on the Lord, the Lord seeks his return the same way.
---Madison1101 on 9/10/06

Madison, that is a great story... a perfect analogy for the way God sees his children. No matter what we do wrong, as long as we are born-again, he will not forsake us. Just like a good human father. No matter how bad his child may become, he may disappoint his father, may never even speak to his father... but his father will still love him if he was a good father. He may lose out on some inheritance (heavenly rewards) but not his fathers love and a place in his home.
---tofurabby on 9/10/06

Madison ... even if the person has turned his back on Jesus, and cursed Him?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/10/06

Not my place to moderate. Just a heads up for Tofu. I'm from below the Mason-Dixon line, that short comment could be offensive to some.
---Spike on 9/10/06

tofu: I have friends who adopted a little boy from Sarajevo. They live in France. During the adoption proceeding, the judge said the adoption was irrevocable. In other words, he was their child for life. I equate our adoption as children of God the same way. It is irrevocable. He will not turn us away. Thanks for sharing that with me.
---Madison1101 on 9/10/06

Madison, I recently came to believe that OSAS is correct. If you look at the "Once Saved Always Saved" blog on 9/8 I posted quite a few scripture snippets that helped me come to this conclusion. Of course there are many more, but you will notice they come from all throughout the NT. We are now God's children(adopted Eph. 1:5) and just like a human father, he will not leave us even when we disappoint him from time to time.
---tofurabby on 9/9/06

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take a modern version bible and a KJV and study with first Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, Acts for they talk about the life of Jesus who is the main character of the whole book. Study it and apply it to yourself and how you relate to His life.
---jana on 9/9/06

Jack I think that there must be some people who believe that God gave Moses the 10 Commandments written in Shakespearean English.
---f.f. on 9/9/06

Tofu: You said that you recently studied the Word and decided that the OSAS issue was in error. What books of the Bible led you to conclude that? That is what I am asking for in the first place. What are you learning from your personal Bible study?
---Madison1101 on 9/8/06

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BTW--Nothing I say here should be taken as criticizing the KJV, but as opposing a supersitious and unrealistic attitude towards it.
---Jack on 9/8/06

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**Gods Word is in the KJV and the rest of them are phoney.**
Do you mean the Greek, Hebrew, and even Vulgate are phoney?
WHY do you think the KJV is so special?
Do you think it was dropped down out of heaven already written? Or that the translators chanelled it or something?
Why should the KJV have this distinction and not the Bishop's Bible, Geneva Bible, or ERV or 1881?
---Jack on 9/8/06

Madison, I'm sorry, I'm finished ruining your blog. As you can probably tell, I tend to get aggressive about the things I have strong beliefs in. It probably comes across as offensive or annoying, but I assure you I dont mean to. I apologize to you and to you Alan and anyone else that I am probably annoying. On another note, another response for your blog... I recently changed my opinion on the OSAS issue. I used to believe strongly we could fall from grace, but after much much study I realize we cannot.
---tofurabby on 9/8/06

I like topical studying too. Sometimes a word comes to my head (of coarse the Lord put it there),and I will look up every scripture with that word, and the same Greek or Hebrew # attached.
I did one on wilderness. WOW!
Do you know the woman in Rev: was taken to the wilderness?!(of coarse you do). It's interesting to read all scripture concerning wilderness, and what God says about it and those in it. Very enlightening!!!
---kathr4453 on 9/8/06

Madison, the best way to study is to first ask Father to grant you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. Study looking for who Jesus is and what He has done in redemption and you won't be deceived.
---Linda6563 on 9/8/06

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Just courious Madison1101, Why are you responding to me alone? There are 6 others in here who have given answers to your question, including myself, but you seem to be focused on me. Why is that? Alan had gotten me off the KJV topic, but then steve added a new attack... I responded and always will. Where is your scolding for steve? (I am not trying to ruin your blog, but have major convictions when it comes to bible versions... have you ever been extremely convicted about something?)
---tofurabby on 9/8/06

...yes master
---tofurabby on 9/8/06

tofurabby, you are saying that a VERSION is better than a TRANSLATION? Tut, tut, tut, shame on you. I prefer a direct translation over a version (And I don't care if the translation was done under a king) any day.
---Ryan on 9/8/06

Tof ... You sound a bit like a Roman Catholic, in adding doctrine to what is taught in the Bible.
Except that whilst they follow traditions set up just a few centuries after Christ, the traditional doctrine that you espouse ("KJV only ... others are phoney")is only some 5 or 6 centuries old.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/8/06

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Tofu: Take your KJV argument to another blog. You have ruined mine.
---Madison1101 on 9/8/06

Steve, we are not avoiding it. The answer is Gods Word does not come in multiple english translations. Gods Word is in the KJV and the rest of them are phoney. My question to you then is, how can you be satisfied by reducing Gods Word to something that can be written in multiple ideas? It doesnt make it very concrete anymore when you do that. You say potato and I say patato... no, God says potato... the end of story. It's not flexible.
---tofurabby on 9/8/06

Tof ... I was not unhappy, just puzzled.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/8/06

I just got through reading Acts. I don't know that I had a 'key thing' that I learned. I enjoy Saul's transformation into Paul and I am always perplexed why the Apostles set up a commune but most importantly I like that they converted thousands in the first days of Christianity. Right now I am in Leviticus and in my mens group we are all over the place but our theme is 'Walking in the Spirit.'
---Ryan on 9/7/06

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Tofu: Since I am recuperating from major surgery till October, I had hoped to get suggestions on Bible study. I HONESTLY never dreamed my innocent question on Study would turn into another KJV argument. I won't even tell you what version I read, because that is not what I asked. I asked about study methods, books of the Bible and things learned.
The KJV issue is a dead horse that has been beaten to death by so many intolerant people here I am saddened by it. Let it rest in peace.
---Madison1101 on 9/7/06

When i'm sad, the Psalms are great!
Proverbs is great for Godly wisdom. That is a good book to read a chapter a day every day for the rest of your life! Or at least until you have it memorized! Just kidding!
Once you get started, the Lord just takes it from there and will take you to amazing places.
---kathr4453 on 9/7/06

Madison,I Philippians to be a great study.
I use a strongs concordance with it. Unfortunately the Englsh language is lame,and we use the same word for many things. When you look up the Greek or Hebrew meaning,its amazing!
It's good to read 1 chapter at at time, and read it many many times. then on to the next chapter. These books were letters, so each letter has a complete thought.
Looking up words, can also help cross reference other verses with that same word to get the meaning.
---kathr4453 on 9/7/06

I often find my self in the midst of a topical bible study. I enjoy studying a particular subject. Need I say? Many of those topical studies are begun because of what I read here!
---Bruce5656 on 9/7/06

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I love cookies! I am currently studying revelation along side a Jack Van Impe "Revelation Revealed: Verse by Verse" video series. I just finished a good study through Acts and 1 John.

Happy now? :)
---tofurabby on 9/7/06

, those who only use the King James should ask themselves, "why are they avoiding the full study of God's word in multiple translations?"
---steve on 9/7/06

Tof ... Never mind, as you are always quoting scripture passages, you must be a man of God, so folk will believe that which version you use is more important than actually seeking new Truths in the Word. Don't come up with that same rubbish about "perversions doing Satan's work", 'cos it just isn't true. And why do you not answer Madison's question? I'm sure others would like to hear your answer as well.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/7/06

Tof ... .
And Madison's question clearly meant "what was the key thing you learnt", not a key thing.
It seems to me that you do not seek to share your faith, but would prefer to push the KJV (that's OK) and condemn all other versions (and that's not OK)
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/7/06

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Tof ... you take the cookie!
Madison asks an honest question about what books of the Bible people study, and you and others twist this and start off your old KJV propaganda. You may be right that it is the best, but neither H nor M nor you have answered the question that Madison put
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/7/06

Dont get onto me Alan... I was trying to show how Rev_Herb and Mima's responses fit in with the questions raised. Also, I am not trying to say the key thing to learn is the differences. I am trying to say the other ones are phoney so we dont need to know what they say at all. Like Herb said... We just want to share the truth. We hope people would want to study the truth and not be deceived. Besides, whats the point in sharing what you've been studying if it is not correct, do you want to mislead others?
---tofurabby on 9/7/06

Toff ... You might take the trouble to look at Madison's question & note where the "?"s were.
She referred to study of the Bible. Maybe she meant the KJV ... who are you to say?
And you think that differences between the versions are the key thing to be learnt ... ? Wow,, you must know everything else already!
And you do not even call yourself perfect
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/7/06

Madison, what you are missing is Herb and Mima answered your question. The key was in your first sentance and is the word Bible. So, step one would be to study from the real thing (KJV) not a flawed knock-off. You asked for a key thing learned, and I would have to say that on behalf of Herb, Mima and myself... we have learned through study that the KJV is true and the others false. Think about it... KJV readers agree on 99% of doctrine between them... everyone else... well, disagree on almost everything.
---tofurabby on 9/7/06

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Hello Madison, I love the book of Eph. It shows where we came from, who we are now and how we came to be who we are. Other books are great but this one really points to us and God. You didn't say which book you liked. By the way, Rev.Herb is right in many answers, I agree with him, he just has a way of pointing things out differently. He is in the wrong blog though.
---lisa on 9/7/06

4. I am now reading, "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards. So far it is great. Blessings in your studies Madison. Hope all is well with you.
---karen on 9/6/06

3. My first book from Scripture that I learned that helped me when my husband and I separated was, "1 Corinthians 13, the chapter of love. I was asked by a sister at church who I loved more, God or my husband, and I was lost to answer. She told me to read the book and memorize it. It would show me what true love was. That if I put God first, He would never let me down. That His nature was love. From there I begin to study the attributes, character and nature of God.
---karen on 9/6/06

3. There is many writers out there that are false so we need to be careful what we read. The theology section at a Bible book store have very little on these subjects and much from the evangelist books. Those books are the ones that sell. But you will find many great writers and one that I recommand to you is called, "Essentials Truths of the Christian faith" by R.C. Sproul.
---karen on 9/6/06

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2. What I learned was that most Christians don't know who God is in the beginning and later make a lot of mistakes when they read because of that one reason. Learning about God, who He is, what His nature is, what His attributes are, is to me the most important thing they need to know when they are baby Christians. The information is out there so easy to get. When a person learns who God is, he or she is able to make sense of many passages that were a mystery to him or her.
---karen on 9/6/06

Madison, I wanted to give my answer to you in these way. First of all when for a long time I always thought that every Christian felt what I felt and believed in what I believed in. I think that I found out later on that we are not the same in any way. I had a joy and many others didn't. I could not understand how they could be no joyless. Now I have learned that each one is different on a different path with Christ.
---karen on 9/6/06

Bethie: My most recent study was in Romans. There I did a verse by verse study. My favorite study method is to use a Kay Arthur "Lord" study book. I also like her Precepts studies.
---Madison1101 on 9/6/06

Madison, which book have you recently studied and what type of study do you like best?
---bethie on 9/6/06

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Thank you everyone who actually answered my question as it was written. It is intereseting to learn what we get out of real Bible study.
Alan: I give up on those two. Contentiousness is not a gift of the Holy Spirit, but is of the flesh, and it is rampant among some men here.
---Madison1101 on 9/5/06

I like to study a whole book, because I get the context of every verse. Occasionally, I trace an idea through the Bible. I use a Thompson Chain Reference Bible.
The last book I read was Galatians. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us" and "No man is justified by the law in the sight of God".
Before that I read James. "Be ye doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" Yup, deceiving ourselves.
---Donna2277 on 9/5/06

OK Herb & Mima ... using the KJV, what way are you most comfortable with, what Books have you recenlty studied, and what key things did you learn from your study?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/5/06

Herb: I give up. Babble away.
---Madison1101 on 9/5/06

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There has always been a war between God and Satan, God's word and Satan's word.
---Rev_Herb on 9/5/06

Herb: I asked how you study the Bible, and what books you have studied lately. I am asking people to share their studies with me as I am interested in how people study the Bible and what books they have studied. Are you not reading what I write? Why is this so difficult for you? You are not helping me learn here.
---Madison1101 on 9/4/06

MIMA: Please reread my question. I am asking about personal Bible study. I am interested in learning how people learn the Bible in their personal study. I am NOT asking about versions, but BOOKS of the BIBLE.

Why is this such a difficult thing? Why must there always be a KJV war with you and Herb? This is so disheartening.
---Madison1101 on 9/4/06

I must defend the faith, and stand for the truth, without which all is vane. If you are walking off of the edge of a cliff should I stand by and let you do it so as not to hurt your feelings or should I do everything possible to warn you of the danger?
---Rev_Herb on 9/4/06

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I want to take my stand with Reverend Herb on this question. I was not exactly a KJV only person until always other versions began to flood the market. And I believe that most versions outside of the KJV are in fact satan inspired.
---mima on 9/4/06

For a a very interesting Bible study read the Translators Notes on various books for the preparation of the New Revised Standard Version. They are available from the American Bible Society office through you state Bible society. You are reading their translation of the text and their commentary on the text prior to submission to the editorial committee then read the text that was published. It will tell you a great deal how how the editorial committee process works on any modern Bible version.
---notlaw99 on 9/3/06

The last book I studied was Song of Solomon, which I found simply beautiful. Right now I am doing a study, where I take the words of some of my favorite songs and find out how it goes along with Scripture. I also study to get prepared for my Sunday School classes and Wednesday nite children's church classes. I may be teaching kids, but I sure do learn alot preparing the lessons. And I love just reading Old Testament stories over and over, they are so exciting.
---bethie on 9/3/06

Herb: I did not start this blog to debate versions. I am asking about Bible study and what books of the BIBLE have ministered to you in study recently.

Must you always be contentious?
---Madison1101 on 9/3/06

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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV, No copyright,written by God.

No other versions tell you to study.

I am reading "New Age Bible Versions" by G.A. Riplinger. From this book I am finding out just how ungodly oter versions are.
---Rev_Herb on 9/3/06

Hi Madison! I studied the gospels first, then found out who I am in Christ Jesus. I then did a study on Joy Unspeakable because I needed Joy in my life. I took in everything that Jesus said and follow what He told us to do. I have recently studied First John. I learned the difference between what is sin and what is practicing sin. I think I'm running out of word space here, sorry about that. God Bless You.
---Donna9759 on 9/3/06

2. I have a very good C.D. rom for bible study which I use frequently. It has many versions, condordance, commentaries, maps of significant places and Greek and Hebrew Interlinear. There is such a lot of help at my fingertips when I do not fully understand something.
---M.P. on 9/3/06

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