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Featured How do YOU study the Bible?

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by PropheticTimes, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. PropheticTimes

    PropheticTimes Lord Have Mercy Supporter

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    I am at a frustrating point in my Bible studies. I have tried study guides, the inductive study method, reading/highlighting/note-taking...I just cannot seem to find a way to study it that makes me feel like I am getting the most out of my readings (yes I have just simply and prayerfully read through the Bible many times).

    What study method do you find most enriching for you?
     
  2. vinsight4u

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  3. 2PhiloVoid

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    I study the Bible in relation to studying everything else that I'm interested in studying, yet when I do this, I keep the Bible as the central core of context which ties it all together for me. Sometimes my study of the Bible might be done in tandem with reaching a goal in understanding. At other times, I may just pick a book to remind myself of what God's Will is in my life. For instance, I might read James from start to finish if I feel I need an overall 'reminder' about the moral dimensions of my Christian responsibilities.

    Otherwise, I don't have a particular method of study other than keeping in mind that good hermeneutics is not only useful, but necessary as I travel the journey of God's Revealing in my life.

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  4. vinsight4u

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  5. PropheticTimes

    PropheticTimes Lord Have Mercy Supporter

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    I have highlighted what seemed important but I have never tried the method you described. Is this your own personal method you created?
     
  6. PropheticTimes

    PropheticTimes Lord Have Mercy Supporter

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    Thank you for your input :)
     
  7. vinsight4u

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  8. PropheticTimes

    PropheticTimes Lord Have Mercy Supporter

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    A problem I find I have in color-coding (as in the inductive method) is that I feel like I spend more time coloring and doodling than I do studying. Do you find this to be an issue?
     
  9. vinsight4u

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  11. PropheticTimes

    PropheticTimes Lord Have Mercy Supporter

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    Oh I like that idea, or even using one Bible for opposing subjects like mercy/wrath or sin/righteousness, etc... Also one Bible for prophecy/fulfilled prophecy.

    Are there certain Bibles that you find have less of a "bleeding through" issue with the pens?

    Thank you, vinsight4u! :)
     
  12. vinsight4u

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  13. chevyontheriver

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    All good. I've done all of that. Read the text with the Church Fathers. Read a variety of translations. Tried Greek, but I'm not that much of a linguist so I now stick to English. I once was good at Latin, and reading it in Latin was enlightening. If you know French or German or some other language, you might try that.
    Well, there is so much there, the text is so rich, that it's a bit crazy to think you can capture everything. There is a lot of background that I'll never learn even with another 50 years of study. But I don't despair. I learn what I am able to and God can explain the rest in eternity.
    Right now I do a lot of whole book reading, not that that's the only or best way, but it provides a bigger picture. I still do other methods. But, for example, one of the last times I read Mark that way, I noticed how often the word 'immediately' popped up.
     
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    I use several web sites that have commentaries and help me look up the original words used to help me understand what the original author meant. Sometimes I will also listen to sermons online related to the passage I am studying or read a book related to the character or book I am studying. There are a lot of great pastors who have written or audio files online that you can read or listen to that will help give insight.
     
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    I don't actually. I read it, but don't study. I never studied in school either and I did better that way. Same applies for me with reading the Bible. I find I do better just reading it.

    I retain and understand it this way.
     
  17. PropheticTimes

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    Thank you! I currently use a Pentel 8 Color Automatic Pencil and it seems to work well as far as not bleeding through and erases quite well (I use a Tombow MONO Zero Retractable 2.3 mm Eraser).
     
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    You should see the dumbfounded look on my face right now. It's the same look I get when I read Revelation. It's a bit like
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  20. vinsight4u

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