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

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 ---alan8869_of_UK on 9/9/06
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Jack: "Simply read it.
And read it.
And read it and read it."

Gosh, even Satan reads it. He knows it backwards and forwards. That's how he became an expert at twisting the verses around. Christians are not only to read it, but believe it. They are not only to believe it, but meditate on it. They are not only meditate on it, but do it. Sure, Christians are told to love their God and love their neighbors, but most Christians don't know HOW. Do an online Bible search for "one another" and "each other." And it wouldn't hurt to find the benefits of joining a "home church" instead of a denominational church for denominational churches are a product of Satan.
---Steveng on 10/28/08

Simply read it.
And read it.
And read it and read it.
And test your bright ideas and insights against the experience of those who have gone before. You could be mistaken.
---Jack on 10/27/08

This is an attempt to have Madison's question answered, without the argument about which Bible version to use
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/28/07

Alan, I sometimes find it helpful to make a note of the main texts used in Sunday's sermons and then read those portions myself in the week. Sometimes I get something very different (I don't mean contradictory though) from what the preacher got from those verses. It's interesting how we see different messages in a verse yet they are all valid. In addition I find daily notes helpful and checking out verses quoted by you all on C.N.
---f.f. on 5/9/07

Tom ... Pax!
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/16/06

alan, I apologize if I said anything , I,am a bitttttttt short on patience right now alot going on.please forgive me if I said anything that upset you.
---tom2 on 9/15/06

Alan of Uk ::He was probably trying to prove the adage -2 wrongs dont make a right!.
---Emcee on 9/14/06

johnT, I didn,t know I sid anything wrong,but if I did I apologize.alan is a wondeful help here and knowledgable.but whats obvious to him and me and other mature christians is often not the case with many. there are many people who call themselves christian that never apply the word to their they have no victory. applying the word is too big a act of obidience,or submission for them.I try to get people to be accountable to God especially if they profess to follow love of course.
---tom2 on 9/14/06

Sorry Tom, I should have used the word "imply" instead of "say"
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/14/06

alan, where in any of my posts do you is the words alan you are wrong?my post are about application becoming more important than study,and if application doesn,t take over all your doing is reading a book ,much like the pharisee, and saducees were told they were doing .now I,am saying your wrong ifyou say I said you were wrong cause I said no such thing.
---tom2 on 9/14/06

Tom2 & Alan:
Thank you for "kissing and making up" metaphorically speaking. HEE HEE
---JohnT on 9/14/06

11. I am sure you have many friends here that love you and will come to the rescue for you. You have a way with people and that is good. Remember your culture is different in many ways. But don't take everything as if meant to you. I understand there is people from all over the world that think different then me. You are just too sensitive. I hope you don't feel I am attacking you too, just making a statement.
---karen on 9/14/06

john T ... You say Tom and I are looking at two sides of the same coin. That is what I have been trying to say to him from the start, but he will not accept it!
His original comment in response to my first contribution was to say I was all wrong, then he said the same thing himself
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/14/06

obvious, to you and me maybe. but remember the pharisee and sagucees of christs time?they knew the whole word, and didn,t live it.thats what many many christians do today.
---tom2 on 9/14/06

I believe Alan you take things personal every time someone gives their opinion. Right away you feel like someone is trying to attack you. You did the same with Lisa, and have done the same with others. You posted a question and people answer. They are not attacking you. You take it wrong. People would be afraid to answer anything you say because if they have a different opinion you feel an attack. Don't take everything as a pesonal insult.
---karen on 9/14/06

alan, amen brother.I know you knew what Iam have been saying,I have been just trying to help those who are still at a point in their life where application of Gods word is not a lifstyle.and possibly not even a thought in their minds. thats all nothing to do with you or your post. its very obvious that you sir are a true christian.and are deeply concerned about your fellow brothers and sisters in christ.may God always keep you and be with you .
---tom2 on 9/14/06

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part 3, read karens response ,she has stated my position much more eliquently than I ever could.
---tom2 on 9/14/06

part2, are we not required by jesus to as karen said make people realize that study without ever applying the word is a vain act?my comments are and never were intended as an attack on you personally, and I,am sorry if you have taken it as we just talk and comment here ?or do we try to help our brothers and sisters .
---tom2 on 9/14/06

alan, as a christian is is both my and your responsibility to use Gods word to help our brothers and sisters point is this . how many christians do you think have been saved for years and years ,and go to church every week ,and are leaders and participate in bible studies over and over for years ,but never apply anything to their lives,or only when its convient?did christ not tell us to be a light to the world?I see this lifstyle of study without application in so many people today.
---tom2 on 9/14/06

The Word of God is a Lamp unto our feet.
Since we walk by faith, it certainly is good to have the path lit up. Oh how I hate to stubb my toe when walking in the dark.
---kathr4453 on 9/14/06

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Tom2 & Alan, You are in a "culture conflict".
British are proud of manners, believing theirs are the "gold standard for the world" Alan may assume your capital letters is shouting, being impolite.
OTOH, Your capitals seem emphatic, like using tonal changes Americans frequently use to make a point.
Therefore, please refrain from capitals, and your message will come through better.
IMO, both of you are looking at different sides of the same coin.
---JohnT on 9/14/06

Tom2, God has provided mankind with tools to learn more about It's nature, if you reject their use and do not become proficient in their use you are rejecting what God has provided. God does not want you to be an ignorant Christian.
---notlaw99 on 9/14/06

Tom you ask me "how many more times must I say that study without application means an unfruitful life"
I just wonder why you thought I needed to instruct me on that point in the first place. It was quite patronising, but if it makes you happy to think you are better than others, and that they are ignorant of such obvious points, I am glad that you have something to be pleased about.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/14/06

Tom2 It takes no years of study at all before you can apply the Word. Love God and your neighbour is applyable as soon as you hear Jesus say it.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/14/06

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alan, it appears to me you are WAY to sensitive to others many times do I have to say study is good before you can understand what Iam saying?how many more times must I say that study without application means an unfruitful life. ? what in the world is the personal afront to your ego about knowing that reading without applying is unfruitful.??????????
---TOM2 on 9/13/06

alan, let me ask you many years of study does it take before you apply the word.cause until you apply there ain,t no is great, and a needed process,but as I said the pharisee,and saducees knew the whole word.and jesus told them they knew but didn,t live itI would tell people who don,t know the word STUDY, STUDY STUDY but eventually they gotta apply the word to their lives or they are lost and will always be lost. thats my only,s no pesonal attack on you.God bless.
---tom2 on 9/13/06

Tom2 ... Again I ask why you attacked my original comment, when you then went on to say the same thing in different words?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/13/06

again I ask how many years of study,TRAINING so what you are saying is what.letting Gods word train your mind?how many years do you train before you begin to LIVE what you have been trainimg for?study Gods word cause scripture tells us to ,but until you apply it to everyday life you will continue to be LOST.
---tom2 on 9/13/06

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notlaw99,and how much study and training is required by God?and applying Gods word involves nothing haphazard.the first christians had no bible for decades,yet the holy spirit was in their lives. why?because they applied the words of the apostles to their lives.we overstudy the bible ,and don,t apply the word nearly enough to our lives. Karen said it perfectly without application to our lives scripture is meaningless.just words read in a book.
---tom2 on 9/13/06

karen, that was my only point to alan.and I said study is fine ,a fine word and process, but as you say somewhere in a believers life study must be taken over by application, or we have studied in vain.we would be like the pharisees, and saducees in christs time, knowing all the word but living none.
---tom2 on 9/13/06

One thing I found good is a Greek Interlinear. Having studied Greek, I can see some thngs I forgot, and the relationships between words.
Barring that, the Amplified NT is good, although wordy. As far as accuracy is concerned, the 1901 American Standard Version is excellent. But it is "clunky", and sometimes awkward.
---JohnT on 9/13/06

Tom2 I believe you statement is perfectly correct to the believer. Applying the word in our lives is the purpose behind Scripture. If we didn't need it for our for our daily lives, then knowledge itself would mean nothing. It has to be applied to our lives. Living like the world is not proper for the Christian so Scripture clearly teaches how we are to conduct ourselves and what should be our goal. Applying God's Word to be more like Christ and give glory to Him for what we have.
---karen on 9/13/06

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alan, also its not a personal attack. read my post I said that study is fine ,but my point ios study and reading Gods word is mute if there is no application.Thats what IAM SAYING.
---tom2 on 9/13/06

alan, why do you insist Iam ?I don,t study I apply gods word thats all I,am saying. brother don,t take everything so personal ,you will have less ulcers.
---tom2 on 9/13/06

Tom2 ... What part? Come now, there is more than a part. Why do you challenge me in that way? On this blog also, as elsewhere, we are saying the same thing, and yet you insist on trying to put me in the wrong
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/12/06

Tom2, I thing Alan was right on target in this case. Without prior study and training, Application will be a totally haphazard activity. And it is a continual activity of study, planning and implementation with a lot of midcourse corrections to keep you life on the straight and narrow path that YHWH want us to follow.
---notlaw99 on 9/12/06

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Tom2, I thing Alan was right on target in this case. Without prior study and training, Application will be a totally haphazard activity. And it is a continual activity of study, planning and implementation with a lot of midcourse corrections to keep you life on the straight and narrow path that YHWH want us to follow.
---notlaw99 on 9/12/06

so I would counter with this question, what part of Gods word are you applying to your life today?and making the commitment to obey that word everyday from now on no matter how much your tempted not too?
---tom2 on 9/11/06

alan, we know that the bible is a book of prophecy,about furture events,and the history of Israel.But Mostly it,s about God,his son,his spirit,his nature,our salvation and how we should live once we accept his is a fine word,but APPLICATION or living out DAILY in thought and deed would be a much better goal. thats the problem with the church today everybodys reading and very few are living out the word everyday of their lives.
---tom2 on 9/11/06

A nice tool to use in studying the Gospels is a Harmony of the Gospels [Available in Many Bible versions] It presents related events/verses together in a probable order of occurrence [Jesus birth through Ascension]. It allows you to see how each author presents the material and what one author may cover and others don't.
---Phil_the_Elder on 9/11/06

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If you found a new friend, would you study him? No, of course not. You grow in your relationship by meeting that person on a regular basis and how that person associates with others. The same with God, you learn about him through reading, not studying him. Read the Bible from beginning to end without concordances, novels, other peoples opinions, and other references just you and God. Each page, not a verse here and a verse there, shows who God is.
---Steveng on 9/10/06

tom2, Amen to that.
---Dottie on 9/10/06

Cliff ... I tend not to get involved in the discussions you have! I am not clever enough to spot the nuances in the arguments on both sides.
There's quite a simple story of salvation for us in the Bible, and I don't think it matters particularly whether we (whether it be spirit or soul) go straight to heaven, or sleep a little, or are destroyed and then rebuilt.
If we did know the exact facts of that, would it alter the way we live our lives for Jesus and for our neighbours?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/10/06

Thanks, Allan. I appreciate your friendship. :)
---Madison1101 on 9/10/06

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Alan;I find that the reason you and I and others get different meanings from bible study is that much is left to "assumption" IE Paul said "absent from the body..." dosen't say "what" is absent! soul? spirit? breath? also (!Cor.15.53)"this which is mortal.." This what? person? body? assumption! "You will be with Me in Paradise.." Paradise,a Persian word -a park or garden (dict.) Heaven? Eden? compartment of hell? Again assumption!
---1st_cliff on 9/10/06

alan,not withstanding all the historical info in the bible and the many phrophecies within it which can be studied for knowlrdge of events and history. The bible too me is a book which attempts to tell peopel what God is like ,and how we should live once we know him.But ALAS ALL WE SEEM TO BE ABLE TO DO IS ARGUE OVER TEXT instead of just seeking him.
---tom2 on 9/10/06

Ignore the book of Romans & see if your beliefs still hold water. J/K lol.
My current method is to just start reading, and if I run across something that either interests me or stumps me I study it in depth.
Here's some excellent advice on bible study from a (Protestant) pastor.
1. Read Genesis through 2 Kings as if it were one, long novel.

2. Read each gospel as a complete unit, but dont read them back to back.

---augusta on 9/10/06

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