Bible study

A wee video to introduce you to how to read the bible and organise a prayer and study diary.

Reading the Bible is such an important part of what we do as  Christians and it is good to get into the practice of reading it daily and also of working through the whole Bible.

One approach is to do this as a study exercise, like you used to do in English while at school. It may help to have a notebook or paper of some kind to write things down as you read the passage. This may be thoughts as to what the passage means, questions about it or even prayers that you are making in response to what you read. As you read and write and ask questions the Spirit will speak and help you to understand. You need to find the way that is best for you. Some people find just reading the most helpful.

Questions to keep in mind as you read – What does this mean?  

How do I apply this in my own life as a disciple?

It can help to begin by lighting a candle, listening to some Christian music and having a short prayer or time of silence. It’s also good to read and pray in the same place each day if that’s possible. For some it’s also good to do it at the same time each day but that’s not always possible.

We read and study the bible as this is the place in which we encounter the Living Word. This is the place where we come close to God and through which God speaks to us by means of His Spirit.

It is through reading the bible that we encounter God and come to know His will for us in our daily lives. That is why we pray asking God to open our minds and teach us all things through His Spirit as Jesus promised would take place. 

‘The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you. ‘ John 14.26

Lectio divina is a way to study the bible and meditate on which the above suggestions are based. You can read more about that here.

There are many aids that can help us in our study, below I have listed two that can be found online. The commentaries of William Barclay are particularly helpful for studying the New Testament.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/gnt/

http://www.dannychesnut.com/Bible/WilliamBarclay.htm

If you want the bible read to you you will find 4 translations available here –

https://www.biblestudytools.com/audio-bible/

Or translations of the bible online and other aids on this website

https://www.biblestudytools.com/gnt/

Or look up bible apps on your smartphone or tablet. Here is one

Here is a plan for reading the whole bible over three years