I recently met up with a wonderful person who was asking about how to study the Bible. It inspired me to write this post.
The best starting point to help me begin reading the Bible on a daily basis was a past sermon by Pastor Robert Morris, the Senior pastor at Gateway Church of Dallas, Texas. I took simple notes from this sermon that I will post here and then a link to the full video sermon at the end. It took my study of the Bible to a new level. I began to seriously journal and really feel spiritually fed using this teaching. He gave us a homework assignment that I took seriously and it is outlined here:
The Sermon series is, “Frequency, Tune In/Hear God” and the title of this message is, “Value His Voice.”
- Set an Appointment, set a time and place to meet with God so you won’t be “dis-appointed”.
- Be still and worship. Ask God what song he wants to give you for today.
- Pray and read the Word of God.
- Listen and write.
- Write your prayer.
- Write what you think is God’s answer to your prayer.
- Write what you think he is saying.
The general will of God and the specific will of God.
If we value God’s voice, we will set aside time for this.
God comes to a prepared atmosphere.
If you don’t set an appointment, you will lead a “disappointed” life.
To fight battles in finances or health — be still and worship. To worship is to fight spiritual battles.
Pray about whatever is on your heart that day.
The best way to hear the voice of God is to write when you are meeting with God.
Write your prayers instead of praying them. Then, write what you think would be God’s answer to your prayers. What do you think is God’s will?
Write what you think God is saying to you through that scripture you read that day. “I think the Lord is saying to me…”
Thank you, Lord, that I showed up for our appointment.
I. Samuel 3:1 – “… the word of the Lord was precious…” (of value, valued)
Here is the link to the full video version of the sermon, “Value His Voice.”
One of my favorite ways to read the Bible is from a free (no advertisements) application on my phone. It is called “YouVersion.”
The icon on your phone looks like this and if you click on this image it will take you to the download page for the app.
It allows me to choose between several different versions of the Bible. There are 825 versions in 542 languages. I set up5 favorite versions for me to easily choose from. My favorite is the original King James version because when I translated Genesis from Hebrew while I was in college, I was impressed with how accurate it is. Still, sometimes I need more insight. I like the NIV (New International Version) and the AMP (Amplified Version) as well. My husband likes the New Living Translation (NLT) and has a study Bible in this version. My study Bible is an NIV (New International Version). We know some local missionaries who are Bible translators. They shared with my husband that they use the NLT (New Living Translation) to translate the Bible into other languages.
I keep two other books handy when reading the Bible. A concordance and a dictionary. A concordance is a reference for where particular words are located in the Bible.
I like to keep a Strong’s Concordance available to find all of the verses where a particular word would be used. Here is a link on Amazon.com to the one I use.
I’ve found using Google search engine helps when I remember a phrase of a particular verse to find out exactly where that verse is in the Bible.
I also like to use a dictionary to get more in-depth meanings of words and Joyce Meyers recently discussed a wonderful version of Webster’s dictionary. It is the original 1828 version written by Noah Webster. He was a great man of God so he references scripture in the meanings of words and the meanings are more closely related to what the original English meanings were. I use the free version on the Internet either on my phone or computer. Here is the online version that is very easy to use – 1828 Webster’s Dictionary.