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What Is A Bible Study?
A Bible study is an exploration of God’s word to help us understand and live our lives in accordance with His will. It is a time to reflect and meditate on His word. The goal of Bible study is not only to understand the text in its original context, but to apply it to our own lives.
Bible studies may be formal or informal, group or individual. Formal Bible studies often incorporate resources such as commentaries and concordances, as well as guided discussion and activities, while informal Bible studies may simply involve reading a passage on your own and reflecting on what it means. However, regardless of the type of Bible study, the same underlying principles apply.
It is important to read and study the Bible verse by verse, with an eye to understanding its meaning in the context of the entire Bible. Studying each verse in isolation can lead to misunderstanding and misinterpretation. For example, if we only read the verse “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), we must put it in the context of the entire Bible to understand that it is not just about having a good attitude toward our neighbor, but about living out the law of love in our actions towards them.
In a group Bible study, it is important to have a leader who is familiar with the text and who will guide the discussion. The leader should be open to hearing different interpretations and allow for open dialogue. The goal is to bring out everyone’s insights and to help the group to come to a better understanding of the text.
In an individual Bible study, it is important to start with prayer, asking God to guide and lead you in your study. As you read and study, it is important to take notes and ask questions such as, “What is this passage telling me?” and “What do I need to do in response to this passage?” Reading devotionals can also be helpful in understanding the text, as they offer insight and reflection on the passage.
No matter the type of Bible study, the goal is to gain a better understanding of what God wants us to do in our lives. As we read and study, we should be open to the Holy Spirit leading us, not just in understanding of the text but also in how we should apply it to our own lives.