You've heard the warning: Do not read the Bible out of context!!
Yes, indeed, we want to make sure we always consider the context of any verse or passage we stumble upon. Failing to look at the context is probably the number 1 reason for misinterpreting Scripture!
The Bible contains books in various genres. This knowledge greatly impacts how we interpret a given Bible passage. For example, we want to take narratives literally, believing they actually happened as described, while we will more carefully interpret poetry, which - like modern poetry - often describes true observations with figurative language.
Let's consider each of the genres of the Bible and how they flex our interpretation muscle.
So many beautiful Bible journaling images are floating around the world wide web and likely finding their way onto one of your screens daily. Your Pinterest wall alone probably shows an abundance of Bible journal pages. If you are anything like me, they make you at least pause and admire the Word of God written out beautifully, and you wish you could just stop and make your own art from Scripture.
Maybe another side of you is itching to put all that drawing business aside and fill the margins of your Bible with notes and insight instead, as you study each passage in depth and dig deep. Oh, you know I am all about that!
What's the point of a regular quiet time anyway? Is it to check something off a list, to earn God's favor, or is it to connect with Him?
I hope you spend time in God's Word to learn about your Creator and connect with the King of your life! In fact, I hope not a day goes by without a time of worshipping your Savior whole-heartedly and allowing God to fill your cup.
There are so many compelling reasons to NOT skip over the first 39 books of the Bible but rather study the Old Testament for all its worth. Check out this quick list of 77 benefits to studying the Old Testament… and find out why there has never been a better time to start than NOW!
What happens when you ask a group of Christian bloggers about their favorite resource to grow your prayer life? They’ll share their top book recommendations, insights, and encouragement. Why? It’s because all of us seek to grow in this important part of our relationship with God: Communicating with the Creator of life, honoring Him inner speech while approaching Him just as we are.
Hi and welcome to the family of God. We are all so glad you are here and have started your relationship with God. Is this all new territory for you? Don’t worry. Take it one step at a time and start here.
In January, my first article of the year revealed what exactly I am asking God to teach me this year. I am desperate to learn how to stay calm and patient rather than being stressed and angry. I told you about my struggles six months ago, now I am checking in to tell you what I’ve learned so far. I’m right in the middle of one of God’s lessons, and I’m giving you the inside scoop.
Before long, any believer will come across the phrase “in Christ” either while studying the Bible or hearing another believer talk about matters of the faith. Who is “in Christ”, and what does that phrase mean? Let me help you better understand Bible passages that use the phrase “in Christ”.
The Old Testament is intimidating to many believers. It seems long, confusing, out-dated, and maybe even irrelevant. However, the storyline of the Old Testament is an amazing account of God’s love and interaction with His people. It helps us understand the arrival of Jesus, our Savior, and our need for His sacrifice on our behalf. Don’t miss this essential portion of the Bible.
I love that you sit down with your Bible regularly to study it, learn from it, and allow it to change your life. Even beginners can gain a lot of wisdom from Scripture. I am excited for you to make Bible-study a regular habit that refreshes and grows your faith. I know of three misconceptions that are holding many of you back. Let’s clear them up so you can get started.
With thousands of Bible study guides in the market place, how do you pick one? Which guide will teach you more about your Christian faith, about God, and His will? Rather than reading a “Christian Living” book or devotional, choose a Bible study guide that lets you dive into God’s Word. Consider these 9 things as you choose…
We live in a world filled with people running to get places. We all navigate full schedules and many responsibilities. Making regular time for something important isn’t easy - especially when we have to coordinate schedules with other people. While we may study the Bible on our own, we don’t see a plausible way to allow for a Bible study with other people.
My last Monday Mini-Tip was about the importance of studying the Bible. Let’s talk about how to make it happen…
For any believer, time in God’s Word is essential. The Bible is our guide to knowing God and His will. Without it, we wander through the world blindly, not discerning right from wrong. Maybe you have begun reading your Bible regularly on your own. That’s wonderful! My challenge to you today is this: Are you regularly studying the Bible with other believers? I highly recommend it. It’s so beneficial. Here is why…
You are reading your Bible and come across a little [a]. You check your Bible’s footnote to find an notation that early manuscripts show a different rendition of this verse or possible omitted it altogether. Questions start piling up in your head: What are these early manuscripts? Which version of the verse is trustworthy? Which is inspired by God? Do we have a trustworthy copy of the Bible?
It’s commonly said that Christians should read their Bible every day. Is that a biblical command? Are we required to read the Bible daily? What if we can’t figure out how to make that happen? How often do we need to study the Bible to be faithful followers of Christ?
As believers, we are overcome with gratitude that Jesus Christ saved us from our sins. We want to pass on the good news: This gift is available to all who believe! We desire for others to experience the life-giving forgiveness we have in Christ - we certainly don’t want to scare anyone off instead. So how can we share the gospel without being pushy?
What if you could google, “What does the Bible say about [insert any topic]” and get lots of Bible references on the subject. Well, you can. Just try it out. There is a FREE resource that generates a list of Bible references on most any subject you’d likely research in Scripture. Plus, I’ve got a tip on how to use that list!
Carrying the Word of God in your heart is wonderful. It is with you wherever you go. It's ready for use in times of temptation. You can meditate on your memorized verses at any time. However, memorizing doesn't come easy to all of us. How can we commit Bible verses, and even passages, to memory without spending all day crouched over the page?
If you are bilingual, have taken a foreign language class, or have a close friend whose first language is different from yours, you are familiar with one truth about languages: Nuances and meanings don’t always fully translate. When your bilingual friend wants to explain one of his culture’s popular phrases, he may first give you a very literal translation, then compare his phrase with a popular American one that uses different words to communicate a similar concept, then combine the two for a happy medium.
Can we replicate this for the Bible to take in God’s words more fully?
Did you know that the epistles (Romans-Jude) are letters written by an apostle or religious leader sent to an early church community? Can you imagine how they read this letter when they first received it? I bet they didn’t pick their favorite verse and forget about the rest. Instead…
Do you love hearing a preacher point out a little detail about a verse that you have always glanced over? Oh, what fun! The Bible never ceases to teach us. Do you wish you would find those nuances in your own study of God’s Word? You can. Don’t miss a thing.
This site is dedicated to advice on how to study the Bible independently and with other believers. I am passionate about giving you tools to allow you to become a better steward of God’s Word. And yet, there is a Teacher much greater than I. It’s the Holy Spirit, and He is essential to Bible study success. It is Him who brings understanding, conviction, and heart change. So how can you invite the Holy Spirit into your Bible study time?