How Do We Study The Bible? Be Curious

If you have read the Bible intently, you would have realized that you cannot simply skim-read it or read it like a novel. After reading a chapter or two in this way, you might at best remember some part of the narrative or phrases, but, most likely, you’ll stare blankly ahead with not the faintest idea of what you just read. Instead of just rereading over and over again in the hopes of imprinting something in your memory and some form of comprehension to dawn on you, there are much more exciting and rewarding ways to dig-up the treasures of […]

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Coronavirus and Christ – John Piper

 Dear friends, we’re continuing to use John Piper’s free book, Coronavirus and Christ, for our Friday devotion. If you haven’t got a copy yet, please download it. Today’s devotion is the second half of Chapter 5, “The Sweetness of His Reign.” Here are some questions to help us make the most of it: What strikes you most from this reading? What is one Biblical truth I can hold onto today from this reading? Who is one person I can share this truth with?  (Who may need this encouragement)  May the Lord our refuge and strength continue to grow us as a […]

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How Do We Study The Bible? The Main Idea

The main idea of a text in the Bible is important as it will help us understand its meaning and lead towards how we should apply it to our lives. It is also useful when you want to teach the Bible to your children or when an unbeliever asks about the Bible. When we study the Bible to get the main idea of a text it also stops us from drawing our own conclusions about a certain verse or taking a single verse out of context. A very simple way to get the main idea of a text is to […]

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Coronavirus and Christ – John Piper

 Dear friends, we’re continuing to use John Piper’s free book, Coronavirus and Christ, for our Friday devotion. If you haven’t got a copy yet, please download it. Today’s devotion is the first half of Chapter 5, “The Sweetness of His Reign.” Here are some questions to help us make the most of it: What strikes you most from this reading? What is one Biblical truth I can hold onto today from this reading? Who is one person I can share this truth with?  (Who may need this encouragement)  May the Lord our refuge and strength continue to grow us as […]

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How Do We Study The Bible? – Genre

When we are reading the Bible, the meaning of it also depends on which genre we are dealing with. We would obviously read and study an encyclopedia differently to The Complete Works of Shakespeare and yet we sometimes forget to distinguish between genres in Scripture. The Bible is rich with historical narrative, prophetic literature, poetry, wisdom literature, epistles or letters and apocalyptic literature, just to name a few. Let’s use this example from the book of Revelation: And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head […]

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