Below are 7 Bible reading tips for the 2022 election
Tip 1: Read the Bible like any other book My first suggestion is “a good way to read the Bible” which I accept. Simply put, a good way to read the Bible is to read it like any other book, which means we read everything. Think about the last book you read, really enjoyed and benefited a lot from it. Did you read it all or just part of it? Did you only read a few articles, or did you start from the beginning and move to the end? I am stating the obvious, but to really understand the book, wouldn’t it be better to read it completely?
Tip 2: Read the Bible like any other book My second tip is to pray…before, during, and after reading the Bible. This is one of my favorite prayers when reading the Bible: “Open my eyes, that I may see a miracle in your law” (Psalm 119:18). The word ‘law’ can mean ‘instruction’ or ‘education’. As with any other book, the Word of God contains instructions and teachings from God. Although the Bible is to be read like any other book, it must be read like any other book, because there is no other book like the Bible. It is the only book written by God, and we need his miraculous help to understand it
Tip 3: Get the Big Picture When reading the Bible, always remember what Jane Wilkin said succinctly, “The Bible is a book about God.” I mean, the Bible basically or basically talks about God. This is his biography. Until just a few years ago, this was a new concept to me and a hard-to-swallow pill, so I know it might come as a surprise to some. But as in life, the Bible is not primarily about us. Of course, we are there too, and the Bible has a lot to say about you and me. But we don’t focus. No God. Therefore, as you read the Bible, ask, “What does this passage teach about God (Father, Son, and Spirit)?” Then ask, “What is my response to these teachings about God?”
Tip 4: Write down ideas Write the answers to these two questions in Tip #3. Keep a Bible reading journal. This doesn’t have to be fancy. Record your thoughts in a word processing document or spiral notebook. I always learn and keep more as I interact with the material I’m reading. Do not read or pray. Whenever possible: read, pray and write. Even better: praying, reading, praying, writing, and praying
Tip 5: Commit to reading the entire Bible (or at least the New Testament) Yes, I’m going back to top #1 – to understand any book, it’s best to read everything. There are many resources to help you do this. Bible reading plans are a good place to start, so search online and find what you like. Then… go for it! By the grace of God and for the glory of God this can be done.
I am approaching the task of reading the entire Bible. For the past several years, I have been reading the entire New Testament every year. This can be done by reading one chapter a day, five days a week. Then, every two or three years, I read the Old and New Testaments in one year. This is what I’ve been doing for 15 years and it has worked for me.
If you don’t have a new Bible or it looks like you’ve read the entire book by now, why not start with the New Testament? However, in the end, you will want to read both Testaments; As you read and understand the Old Testament, your understanding of the New Testament will reach a new level. And when was the last time you read the last 25% of a book?
Tip 6: Get help understanding what you’re reading No matter how you read it, take advantage of many great resources to help you understand the Bible. God has given the church many gifts. One such gift is wise Bible teachers who have spent years studying the Bible so that they can help God’s people understand it.
The Bible is a book and a book of books. When reading the Bible, take your time to get the full picture of each book. Each book should have an introduction to a good Bible study and outline, which makes it good to read and use to navigate that specific book. Another important feature of the Bible is the diversity of literary genres found in the scriptures. Again, find a Bible study book to help you figure out what these terms are and what the differences are between them.
Tip 7: Search your heart for the answer to this big question Finally, let’s not forget the “why” question. You are reading this article because you want to read the Bible. This is a good thing, or so it seems. but why? What is your goal? It’s an important question. It’s a matter of life or death. I think about this a lot because I know my reasons for reading the Bible have not always been pure.
How are you? How do you answer the question “Why do I want to read the Bible?” The true believer reads the Word of God primarily to know and glorify the God of the Word. There is a big difference between reading to learn more about God and reading to know God. You may be thinking of the latter and not the first.