Today’s Bible reading: John 7, 8 and 9
The bible is one of the best ways a person can grow spiritually. There are five ways the Bible can become a part of your life.
Hearing the Word
Notice that I often refer to the Bible as “The Word”. This is because it is God’s way of communicating with us. We use our words to express ourselves to others; God uses the bible to express Himself to us. Because hearing is one way of receiving the word of God into your life, start attending every church service possible, in these first days and weeks of your Christian experience, there you will hear the word of God.
Form the habit, too, of sitting near the front of the church, so you will not be distracted. Always take your bible and look up the passages the preacher refers to. Take notes it will help you remember helpful points.
Reading the Word
Another way to get the word of God into your life is to read it regularly. The kinds of habits we form determine our character, and one of the best habits you can form is to read the bible every day.
Set a responsible pace for yourself. Start by reading fifteen minutes in the morning, and perhaps the same amount before going to bed at night. Carry a new testament and read it during lunchtime.
For your devotional reading, use a bible you can underline with a pen and perhaps write notes in the margin.
Studying the Word
This will take more time, but it has more value too. For studying you will need a longer period, an hour at least perhaps some evenings when you are free.
Memorizing the Word
If you have heard, read, and studied, the next step is to memorize the bible so that you have something to meditate on. In the many spare moments during the day – walking around the house, in office, travelling through town, you can put your mind in action. If you can’t sleep at night, try thinking about a passage or verse from the bible.
Understanding the Bible
There’s nothing mysterious about the bible. Just think of it as God’s way of talking to you. However, this outline will help you understand any part of the Bible, long or short.
- What does this passage or verse say?
- What are the various parts?
- What are the subjects?
- What does this verse or passage say that you don’t understand?
- Write down the problems and find the answers later, by your study or by asking older Christians.
- What similar thoughts are found elsewhere in the bible?
- The more you study, the more help you will have there.
- What blessings and help are stated or implied?
- What warnings do you find?
- What commands are stated or implied, for you to obey?
Bible Study for the Day
John 7:17 what attitude will help a person to know if certain teachings are true?
John 7:37-39 what happens to the one who believes in Jesus?
John 8:1 how can we really be Jesus’ disciples?
John 8:32 what will the truth do for people?
Verses to memorize:
John 7:37; 8:12; 8:32
A pattern for Bible Study
- Points what does this passage say?
- Problems what does it say that I don’t understand?
- Parallels what similar thoughts are found elsewhere in the bible?
- Promise what blessings may I claim?
- Perils what warnings should I heed?
- Precepts what commands should I obey?