When you study the Bible, there are three questions you should ask yourself every time you read the Bible and/or study the Bible. Contact AtoZMomm with questions
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN STUDYING THE BIBLE
- What is God showing me in this passage?
- What does this passage show me about myself?
- What is my response?
Ask yourself these three questions when you read the Bible in order to gain a deeper understanding and discover God’s timeless truths. Contact me with questions!
In our last blog post, we discussed ways on how to go deeper for your Bible study. In today’s post, we’ll go over a few more tips. Contact AtoZMomm today to learn more!
TIPS ON HOW TO GO DEEPER IN YOUR PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY
- Define words. It’s hard to understand what you’re reading if you don’t know what the words mean. A good practice is to have Google up and running while you’re reading the Bible and look up any words you may be unfamiliar with. Often, a good Bible Dictionary is handy to have as well as it will give you not only the Biblical meaning, but also cross-references as to where this word can be found elsewhere in the Bible.
- Use different translations. When studying the Bible, different translations can be extremely helpful, especially in extremely difficult parts of God’s word. There can be just slight differences, but those slight differences can be all you need for understanding. Just be careful you’re buying a different translation and not a paraphrase of the Bible.
- Invest in a good commentary. Bible commentaries can be extremely helpful when trying to go deeper in God’s word. You can learn a lot from others, and from others who have built upon others’ work as well. Just be sure to try and read it on your own first, but then definitely use resources that are available to help you.
- Don’t get frustrated. God’s word is hard because God Himself is hard to understand. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated with yourself when you just don’t get it. Stop. Pray. Breathe. Take a break. God’s not going anywhere. He’s waiting on you to find Him.
- Have patience. Studying the Bible is definitely a marathon and not a sprint. The more you read and study, the more God will show up and reveal Himself. Knowing God and Jesus is a lifelong process; give it time.
Studying the Bible is like studying anything you want to know more about — except, in this case, there’s nothing more important you can be doing with your time than studying God’s word. It will take time and patience. I hope you find these Bible study tips useful. Contact me to learn more!
Bible study can be daunting, especially if you’re a new Christian. However, studying the Bible is challenging for everyone, mainly because it points out point blank how we all deserve death, we’re all sinners, and we all need God. In this blog post, I’ll offer up tips on how to go deeper in the Bible. Contact me today with any questions!
5 WAYS TO GO DEEPER IN THE BIBLE
- View the Bible as a whole story. Many people make the mistake of tackling the Bible in pieces, reading stories here and there, and never putting it all together. Furthermore, many make the mistake of thinking the Old Testament is a completely separate part of the Bible and is completely opposite of the New Testament. However, the Bible is God’s story meant to be taken as a whole with an overarching theme — that of Jesus as Savior. Once you understand this basic fact, you’ll read the Bible in a whole new light.
- Understanding the genre of the books of the Bible. In your Bible study plans, it’s helpful to know what genre each book of the Bible falls into. This is important because not every sentence of the Bible is meant to teach you. Some are prayers to pray to God. Some are just part of a theme you can apply to your life. Understanding which books of the Bible are instructional versus narrative for example will help you to go deeper in God’s Word.
- Find God’s overarching truths. There are overarching truth’s in God’s word, such as Jesus is Savior, God is good, we are saved by God’s grace, and all believers go to heaven and await Jesus’ second coming. These principles tie God’s word together so you can go deeper in the Bible.
- Pray. When you ask God for help, He answers. Ask Him every time you sit down to read the Bible for a deeper understanding of His Word. He will answer.
- Don’t rush. Reading the Bible is not homework with a timeline to finish. You need to take your time to digest and ponder God’s word, and if you have to re-read a passage many times until you get it, do so.
These are just a few of some of my favorite tips to go deeper in God’s word. Stay tuned to AtoZMomm’s blog for part two to this series of how to go deeper in God’s word. Contact me to learn more!
“Is the Bible true?”
I think most of us have heard this question at some point in our lives. Many say the Bible is just a collection of stories, myths even, about people who may or may not have lived long ago. How do we know it’s true? In this blog post by AtoZMomm, we’ll explore that question. Contact me today with any other questions you may have!
What is the Bible?
The Bible is the holy book for Christians. In it is recorded God and His son, Jesus’s, teachings to the world, as written down by chosen people of God. It is a collection of books written over a period of 1500 years. The Old Testament tells of the beginning of time and God’s choosing of His people, the Jews, and the Jews’ history. The New Testament is the story of God’s son, Jesus, and the spread of the new religion, Christianity, that Jesus ushered in when he died for our sins.
IS THE BIBLE TRUE?
What is truth? You have to answer that question before you can answer if the Bible is true or not. Truth is what has happened in reality, or something accepted as true. The Bible states many truths, for example, that God exists, that He created the world and everything in it, that Jesus is God’s son, and the only was to get to heaven is to have faith in Jesus as God’s son and that his death cleansed us all to make us holy enough to be with God.
Evidence for the Bible
- There are many existing early manuscripts of the Bible, all supporting one another. There are outside writings as well, from the Greeks and the Romans, all verifying the existence of Jesus. Moreover, the Bible is a cohesive whole, all uniting in one message and never contradicts itself. This would not be possible with so many human writers over such a long time frame without a deity’s guidance.
- The Bible lines up with history.
- There are eyewitness accounts.
- The Bible cared about women when no one else did.
- The Bible prophecies much and many of these prophecies have come true.
- The Bible is without error.
- The Bible has a clear message.
- The Bible is sufficient.
DO YOU HAVE FAITH THE BIBLE IS TRUE?
In the end, the answer to this question is faith, which is what determines your entrance to heaven or not as well. Do you have faith that what the Bible says is true, based off all the existing evidence? Has God spoken to you personally? Do you have a personal relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ? What does your heart tell you?
Your soul and your heart hold the answer. Search it, and find it today. Contact me with questions!
WHO IS JESUS?
Another loaded question that when asked (even believers), sometimes we stumble. Below are some simple ways to describe Jesus the next time you are asked. Contact me today!
TOP 10 SAYS TO DESCRIBE JESUS
- Jesus is God’s Son.
- Jesus is God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
- Jesus is the Savior of the world, you and me.
- Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
- Jesus is the Son of David.
- Jesus is the king of kings.
- Jesus is love.
- Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega.
- Jesus is the bread of life.
- Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
There are many ways to describe Jesus. In the end, all that matters is who is Jesus to you? Leave a comment below, share this post with friends and family on social media, and contact me today with questions!
WHO IS GOD?
Such a big question that many of us (even us believers) don’t have an easy answer to.
That’s because God is everything all at the same time. He’s unfathomable, hard to describe, and oftentimes, we’re too overwhelmed by Him to begin.
But what do you say to this question when you’re asked? Here are some suggestions below, and contact me with questions.
TOP 10 WAYS TO DESCRIBE GOD
- He’s the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
- He’s the supreme being.
- He’s omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (always present).
- He is infinite.
- He is incomparable.
- He is unchanging.
- He is good.
- He is love.
- He is judge.
- He forgives.
Your turn. Who is God to you? Leave a comment, share with social media, and contact me with questions!
The summer is full of fun adventures, time outdoors, and a relaxed routine. However, it is just because of this change in routine that keeping up with your Bible study can be a challenge during the summer months. After all, you’re tempted away by so many fun and varied outdoor activities. In this blog post, I’ll examine ways to stay in the Word during the summer months away from a structured Bible study. Contact me today!
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
- Set aside time first thing in the morning. When God is first in your life, you should put His Word first as well. In the morning, set aside time to study God’s word, and make it part of your routine. For example, wake up, make coffee, pray, and then open the Word and see what God has to say to you.
- Don’t make Bible study in-depth. Sure, God wants us to study His Word closely so we can apply it to our life. However, that doesn’t mean we should wait until we have a three hour block free to do so because, for most of us, that will never happen. Hence, set aside just 5 or 10 minutes a day to be in the Word.
- Make Bible study a play date. Invite your friends over and their kids and while the kids are running around with their heads cut off, you can study the bible with your friends.
- Do a lunch Bible study at work. Gather some friends at work to eat lunch and read the Bible together or do a small group Bible study.
- Coffee and God. Coffee shops are great places to hold summer Bible studies. You can enjoy coffee (my favorite drink) with the company of friends while you discuss God’s Word. It might not get any more perfect!
- Picnic and God. With the call of nature beckoning, you can study God’s word either alone or with friends by having a picnic in God’s creation. There’s something about nature that connects us to our Creator. Quite possibly you’ll hear from Him like you haven’t ever before.
These are some of my favorite ways to stay in the Word during the summer. Feel free to comment below with your favorite ways to stay close to God during the summer months, or share this with your friends on social media with the share buttons below. Contact me for more information!
One big hindrance to studying the Bible is the Old Testament. And this is one big hindrance considering there are 929 chapters in the Old Testament in 39 books. Below, we’ll examine how to study the Old Testament when you begin to study the Bible. Contact AtoZMomm today to learn more!
HOW TO STUDY THE OLD TESTAMENT
As with most large tasks, breaking it down into easy-to-manage parts makes the whole process doable and not overwhelming. Unlike the New Testament where we follow Jesus’s life from beginning to end and then the life of his apostles, the Old Testament is not in chronological order. Below is my recommendation for organizing the Old Testament for study.
- Read Genesis. This is where it all began, so you have to start there. Some of the best stories of the Bible are in Genesis, including the fall of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, and Noah. Powerful stories with equally powerful lessons to teach.
- Exodus through Deuteronomy. These books teach the Law, otherwise known as the Old Covenant, which is how God’s people where to live their lives before Jesus’s crucifixion.
- Joshua through Esther. These books are known as the historical books of the Old Testament. It is here that we learn how God’s people survived after they inherited the Promised Land. You’ll learn the history of the period of the judges, the history of the kings, and the prophets Ezra, Nehemiah.
- Next, read the books of wisdom and poetry.
- Job. Job is the epitome of faith when all is seemingly lost in life. Said to be the oldest recorded book, Job follows his story of how he was tested by God, how he endured, what he learned, and what God expects of us.
- The Psalms are writings by the various kings of Israel (including David and Solomon). These are full of life lessons of how to live a life following God.
- The Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, was written by King Solomon in his youth before he fell into sin. This is one of the greatest love poems ever written.
- Proverbs. Proverbs was written again by King Solomon, but written by him when he was on the throne of Israel. They show hard lessons of life to live by.
- Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is the opposite of Proverbs per se. This book teaches you how not to live your life. It was written by King Solomon when he was an old man as he looked back on his sinful life
- Next, are the five major prophets of Old Testament times: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, & Daniel.
- Finish up the Old Testament with the 12 minor prophets.
Reading three chapters per day of the Old Testament will take you 10 months to finish. Remember, everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus. Yes, there are exceedingly dense sections of the Old Testament that you’re just going to have to slug through. But remember, every word in the Old Testament is not there by accident. God is speaking; you just have to listen.
If you get bored, skip that section, save for later, and find an exciting story such as Esther or Joseph. The Old Testament is just as valuable as the New Testament and has many truths to teach us. Contact me if you have questions!
Bible study groups can be very fun as well as informative. You meet in your small group Bible study, catch up on life’s events, and then study the Bible and learn the Bible from others. In this blog post in our continuing series of how to study the Bible, I’ll discuss the advantages to group bible study. Read more on AtoZMomm’s blog today!
TOP 5 BENEFITS OF GROUP BIBLE STUDY
- Accountability. Many of us struggle to actually make time to do our Bible study. When you join a group Bible study, you will be held accountable for actually reading the Bible. And when you skip out on your group Bible study, you will be missed. What you learn is valuable to the group, so don’t take that for granted.
- Community. Many of us struggle to maintain good quality friendships. When you join a group bible study, such as a women’s Bible study, a men’s Bible study, or a small group Bible study, you will form connections with other Christians that will only enhance your life and your spiritual life. You’ll be able to share what’s on your heart, what you’re struggling with, and the wins in your life with others who will pray for you along the way. Now that’s powerful.
- Encouragement. Satan and sin are of this world, and we can become dragged down in the muck of it all. When you join a Bible study group, you’ll be encouraged by others, and your life will be enriched because of it. Furthermore, you’ll have an opportunity to encourage others, blessing others lives’ in return.
- Learning. The fact of the matter is you’ll learn more in a small group Bible study than you will on your own. You’ll see the Bible passage you are studying in a different light, and you’ll be challenged on what you believe, fostering more in-depth Bible study on your part which you never would have done on your own.
- Inspiration. We all know our mission in life is to be more like Jesus, but in the daily mill of life, how many of us consciously strive for this? In a small group Bible study, you’ll be inspired by others’ journey with Christ to grow, learn, and develop into a better person.
“that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12
Christians are called for community, and group Bible study not only affords community, but it also offers you an enriched life through Christ. Contact me for questions!
Sitting down and studying the Bible on your own can be daunting, especially if you’re a new Christian and have never done it before. In our previous posts, I discussed how to study the Bible and where to begin. In this post, I’ll discuss how to study the Bible with others. Visit AtoZMomm for more Bible study tips!
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE WITH OTHERS: TOP 3 TIPS FOR BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
- Find a Bible study group. This can be challenging; however, there are excellent Bible study groups out there, such as Bible Study Fellowship, that offer amazing, in-depth Bible study with others. Often, your local church will offer small group bible studies that you can join. A lot of these small group Bible studies are centered around a particular interest, such as sewing, outdoors, or moms with small kids, which makes it easier to connect with people and share what you’ve learned in the Bible when you have something in common already.
- Share what you’ve learned. Group Bible studies are all about sharing what you’ve learned with others. Don’t be afraid to share even if you think it’s wrong. You’ll be surprised to learn that many others are thinking the same thing you are.
- The Bible is the definitive answer. When in a group Bible study, you’ll have to take what others say with a grain of salt. Since none of us are God, we can’t know exactly what God is trying to convey. Bible scholars have dedicated their lives to trying to determine this, and there are passages that are very clear. However, remember you are learning and so are others and that the Bible can speak to others differently than you.
There are many advantages to Group Bible Study, which we will discuss in a future blog post. For now, ask your local church for small group bible studies, such as women’s bible studies, men’s bible studies, or bible studies for kids, look at national bible studies, such as Bible Study Fellowship, or even look online for an online Bible study or for a group in your area. Contact me with questions!