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Have you any guidance about studying the bible and what way is the best way to spend time getting to know the bible?
Thank you for your question about reading the Bible.
We believe that the bible is the most wonderful book that can ever be read. As we read, all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). For this reason, the bible can help us in all matters of our life, including physical guidance, emotional assistance and spiritual relief.
One of LookingforGod's partners, UCB, have a daily bible reading resource, called The Word for Today. Read by thousands daily, the Word for Today has helped people of all backgrounds to engage with the bible regularly. Please click the following link for more information, where you can read the latest reading, as well as order it to be delivered to your email inbox or to order a paper copy: www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today
When you read the Bible or listen to it, make sure you always pray for understanding. We believe that God speaks to us through the Bible and that He can help us understand it. Pray for wisdom and guidance.
Here are some tips to reading the Bible that may help you:
- Read it at your own pace and in your own time.
- Make notes in a journal of things you like and also things you do not understand. These can then be discussed with other people in the Church.
- Do not be ashamed to admit you do not understand what the words mean. All of the world's leading Bible teachers struggle to understand some parts of the Bible.
- Use a version of the Bible that you find easy to read and understand. There are many different versions available to cater for different people's needs. There are more literal versions that stick close to the original meaning of the Hebrew and Greek text and then there are some versions which purposefully seek to apply the original meaning to the 21st century reader.
- You can also access the Bible in audio form if you find it hard to read.
- Start reading the Bible in the Gospel of Mark as it was written to be short and to the point, or use a Bible reading plan like the one UCB use.
- Try and attend Bible study sessions at your local Church where leaders can explain what the text means as you read through it together.
- You can also meet up with friends any time to discuss the Bible.
- When you read a little part of the Bible try to also look at the passages surrounding it to better understand what the context is.
- There are hundreds of Bible commentaries available and many of them are free online. These books are written by Bible teachers to help other people understand what the Bible is saying. Refer to them!
In summary we want to emphasise how amazing God's Bible is and encourage you to continue reading and/or listening to it.
For the Word of God is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12)
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*All Scripture references are taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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