How to Study the Bible

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How to Study the Bible: The Importance of Proper Methods of Studying Scripture How to study the Bible: Principles, guidelines, methods of proper Scripture study, Old and New Testaments, importance of Divine authority not human, man-made law A study of methods, principles, and guidelines for proper Bible study. Includes discussion of the authority and inspiration of Scripture, the importance of knowledge and understanding, the differences between the Old and New Testaments, the importance of following Divine authority in religion instead of human authority or man-made laws, and how to use Bible helps such as translations, concordance, and cross-references. Introduction: After baptism, people should be taught to observe all things Jesus has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). Learning God's will is just as essential after baptism as before. Conversion should be the beginning of a lifelong effort of study. However, in order to benefit from Bible study, we must know how to study the Bible properly. The purpose of this lesson is to present basic Bible principles and methods of proper study. We will consider proper attitudes in study, Bible inspiration, a comparison of the old and new laws, and the danger of following human laws and authority instead of Scripture. Finally, we will give some suggestions about proper use of such helps as translations, concordance, and cross-references. Part I: Proper Attitudes in Study Ezra "prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord" (Ezra 7:10). Right methods of study must begin with right attitudes. A. Appreciate the Importance of Study People must be motivated before they will study a subject. Christians have all the reasons they could possibly need to study the Bible. Consider a few. As you do, note the emphasis on regular, frequent study. #1: Study so you can obey God and grow in His service. Joshua 1:8
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