the Bible for Beginners Part 2

(The following are the notes I used to present this topic in a zoom group of women.)

Review Part 1 – Overview of the Bible

  • The Bible is called Holy Bible, Scripture, or God’s Word
  • The big picture of the Bible is creation, fall, the cross, and new creation. Jesus is the bridge from the old to the new.

Why should we read the Bible?

  • To grow in wisdom and life instruction. 
    • “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Proverbs 9:10
    • “For your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • The Bible is inspired by God.
    • “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • It is living and active.
    • “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12

How do you read the Bible to get something out of it?

  • What Bible translation should I read?
    • The NLT (New Living Translation) is one of the best, easy to read translations and great for beginners and for studying. The reading level is at a 6th grade level, and it is a thought-for-thought translation.
    • The ESV (English Standard Version) is also a good choice for reading and studying and the reading level is 8th-10th grade level. This translation is close to word-for-word translation.
    • Other good ones include NIV (New International Version), KJV and NKJV (King James Version and New King James Version, CSB (Christian Standard Bible), and the Amplified Version.
    • I personally use the NLT, CSB, ESV, and Amplified.
  • Reading for knowledge. (HEAD knowledge – facts, information, ideas)
    • For the general knowledge of the Bible there are 15 books that will help with this:
      • Genesis
      • Exodus
      • Joshua
      • 1 Samuel
      • 2 Samuel
      • 1 Kings
      • 2 Kings
      • Ezra
      • Nehemiah
      • Habakkuk
      • Proverbs
      • Luke
      • Acts
      • Ephesians
      • Revelation
  • Reading for heart change. (HEART knowledge – relational, communication, and connection)
    • Start with the biographical accounts of Jesus’ life. The Gospel of Luke is a great place to begin.
    • Pray before you begin to read. If God’s Word is living and active, ask Him to speak to your heart and mind.
    • Read a section of Scripture. The Bible is made up of books, chapters, and verses. A group of verses is a section and they usually have a section heading.
    • Ask yourself some questions.
      • What stands out to you about the passage? 
      • Why does it stand out to you? (God is a relational God who wants to relate to us through His word.)
    • If God speaks, how will you reply to Him? What response through prayer do you need to pray? Communication is a 2-way event. God speaks through His word, and we reply through prayer. We can respond in many ways such as with thanksgiving, with a confession, with a request for help, or other ways that might stir up inside us from reading His word.
    • What do you need to do now? 
      • Remember that the author is Almighty God and ultimately we align ourselves with Him and His ways and His will.
      • “Do not be hearers of the Word only, but doers.” James 1:22
    • Other questions to ask as you read:
      • What does this say about God?
      • What does this say about others?
      • What does this say about me?

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