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Simple Steps to Solid Scripture Bible Study

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Simple Steps to Solid Scripture Bible Study

By John MacArthur, Grace to You

From the moment I sensed the call of God into full-time ministry, the driving passion of my life has been simply to understand God’s Word and then make it understandable to others. I have never aspired to be known as either an academic theologian or a distinguished clergyman. I simply want to know what the Word of God means and to make it known to others. All my pastoral energies-my preaching, shepherding, teaching, writing, and even visitation-are focused on that one goal.

It is my conviction that the Bible is not difficult for the believing heart to understand. And the more I understand, the more unshakable is my conviction that the Bible is the living, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. It has this remarkable effect on me: the more I study it, the more I hunger to know. So God’s Word not only satisfies my appetite, but also arouses an even deeper hunger for more.

I want you to experience that hunger too. I want you to live in the joy of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ that comes only through knowing the meaning of Scripture. Here’s a simple process to get you started.

Step 1 – Reading

Begin by developing a plan on how you will approach reading through the Bible. Just by reading the Bible you become familiar with its themes, history, and contexts. There is simply no replacement for Bible reading.

Unlike most books, you will probably not read it straight through from cover to cover. There are many good Bible reading plans available (like The MacArthur Daily Bible). Here is what I recommend:

Read through the Old Testament at least once a year. As you read, note in the margins any truths you particularly want to remember, and write down separately anything you do not immediately understand. Often as you read you will find that many questions are answered by the text itself. The questions to which you cannot find answers become the starting points for more in-depth study using commentaries or other reference tools.

Follow a different plan for reading the New Testament. Read one book at a time repetitiously for a month or more. That will help you retain the New Testament so you will not always have to depend on a concordance to find things.

If you want to try that, begin with a short book, such as 1 John, and read it through in one sitting every day for thirty days. At the end of that time, you will know the book. Write on index cards the major theme of each chapter. By referring to the cards as you do your daily reading, you will begin to remember the content of each chapter. In fact, you will develop a perception of the book with your mind’s eye.

When you come to longer books, divide them into short sections and read each section daily for thirty days. For example, the gospel of John contains twenty-one chapters. Divide it into three sections of seven chapters. At the end of ninety days, you will finish John. For variety, alternate short and long books, and in less than three years you will have finished the entire New Testament-and you will really know it!

Step 2 – Interpreting

In Acts 8:30, Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Or put another way, “What does the Bible mean by what it says?” It is not enough to read the text and jump directly to the application-you must first determine what it means, otherwise the application may be incorrect.

As you read Scripture, always keep one simple question in mind: “What does this mean?” To answer that question requires the use of the most basic principle of interpretation called the analogy of faith-interpret the Bible with the Bible.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Mouth Is A Weapon By Pastor Anita Oyakhilome

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Your Mouth Is A Weapon By Pastor Anita Oyakhilome

 

Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff (Isaiah 41:15)

 

 

 

 

In Joshua 1:2-3, The LORD said to Joshua: “….now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.” Thus, by this instruction the children of Israel knew that all they had to do to take possession of the land God gave to them was to step on it. Once they stepped on it, it became theirs.

But in the New Testament, there’s a difference. The power isn’t in your feet, but in your mouth. Many Christians haven’t understood this truth, so they walk in ignorance. When trying to acquire something, like a piece of property for example, you’ll find them marching around it because the LORD said, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.” Oh, that they would realize that the victory is now in their mouth! Today, it’s no longer “Where the soles of your feet shall tread upon” rather, it’s “you shall have what you say!” Possession is with your mouth.

The Old Testament folks were taught to battle that way because they functioned in the sense (physical) realm. But now in the New Testament, we battle differently, from the realm of The Spirit. In that realm, there’s no recognition of distance; you don’t need to march around a building to get it. All you need do is use your mouth, for it has been given to you to chart your course and to do battle which is your fight of faith. How important the mouth is!

Every time you release words with your mouth, you’re wielding a dangerous weapon. The Greek word for mouth is “stoma”, which means “the front or edge of a weapon.” With this weapon, you can cut down such enemies as poverty, failure, cancer, diabetes, HIV and so on. When you declare: “This growth will not stay in my body,” you’re cutting it down with your weapon. No wonder the Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds(2 Corinthians 10:4).

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Bible Facts

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Bible Facts

Statistics

  • Books in the Bible: 66
  • Chapters in the Bible: 1,189
  • Verses in the Bible: 31,102
  • Midpoint: between verses 1 and 2 of Psalms 103
  • Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (90 words, 426 letters)
  • Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words, 9 letters)
  • Book with the most chapters: Psalms (150 chapters)
  • Chapter with the most verses: Psalms 119 (176 verses)

Biblical Structure

  • The Old Testament consists traditionally of three major sections: the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings.
  • The Law consists of the first five books of the Old Testament. This section is also called the Torah or the Pentateuch.
  • The Prophets are in two groups: the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings), and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hoseah, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
  • Of the Latter Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel are considered Major Prophets, with the rest being Minor Prophets. This designation refers to the volume of writing rather than the content of the books.
  • The Writings consist of three groups: Wisdom (Psalms, Proverbs, and Job), Scrolls (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), and Histories (Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles).
  • Though it contains significant prophetic passages, the book of Daniel is considered belonging to the Historical Writings.
  • Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem. Each section begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • The New Testament consists of four major sections: the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation.
  • The Gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They detail the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • The Acts of the Apostles consist of one book, Acts.
  • The Epistles are letters written by the apostles to different churches.
  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ to John the apostle deals with end-time prophecies.

History

  • The oldest book of the Bible is Job, estimated to have been written around 1100 BC.
  • The newest book of the Old Testament is Malachi, written about 400 BC.
  • The New Testament was written in the period between 45 and 95 AD, the newest book being Revelation.
  • The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, with just a few passages written in Aramaic.
  • The New Testament was written in Greek.
  • The Old Testament was canonized around 300 BC.
  • The New Testament was canonized around 375 AD.

 

 

 

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!