Some of the stories in the Bible seem like just that . . . a good story. But seeing how those stories apply to our life is easier said than done. We'll describe the process of reading Scripture in a way that we can fully understand it and apply it to our lives.
It’s tempting to read our favorite portions of the Bible, and ignore the ones that challenge us. Or to extract our favorite verses without an understanding of the cultural context in which they were written.
Explore Ways To Read The Bible As A Story, While Staying In Line With The Author’s Original Intent Part 40
The Bible is far more than a book of rules and regulations. It’s a vibrant piece of literature . . . full of narrative, poetry and instruction.
You’re sitting down with a cup of coffee, watching the morning sun out your window . . . and you pick up the Bible. Whether you’re aware of it or not, one of the most important parts in this quiet time . . . is the Bible translation you’re holding.
Suppose you decided to drive across the country. The most valuable tool you’ll use is a road map. Now, suppose you’re reading through the Bible. What’s your plan for getting from cover to cover? Get a head start and learn the best way to navigate the Scriptures.
Did you ever have to do a book review for school? Most likely, there was a specific method you used to get the most from the novel. Take the process of that school project . . . and translate it into the lifelong journey to read the books of the Bible.
In the New Testament, there’s a little letter from Paul to Philemon. It’s often overlooked in the larger study of the Bible . . . let's open up this letter to reveal a New Testament treasure!
Let’s Explore Psalm 23 Part 14
Reading the Bible is an integral part of the Christian faith. But when you don’t understand what the biblical writer is trying to communicate . . . reading can become more frustrating than fruitful. In a well-loved portion of Scripture see familiar words in a fresh new way.
Few things in life are more important than learning how to engage in the Scriptures . . . in order to hear God’s message just for you. And right now . . . we’re learning to appreciate the Psalms.
Ever find yourself trying to be on your “best behavior” when you pray? Wanting to say the right things . . . and finding it hard to be completely open and honest with God?
Some anecdotes in the Bible are straightforward . . . where the application is crystal clear. But other passages are ambiguous . . . leaving more questions than answers. Let's dissect two such examples from Scripture.
Part of the magic in storytelling is drawing the listener, or reader in, and giving them an active part in what the characters are going through. When that happens, we’re able to apply the truths of the story to our own lives.
Our everyday conversations are filled with figurative language. But many of us hesitate when we get to the figurative language in the Bible.
Understanding the Bible is essential to the life of a follower of Christ. Continue an in-depth series on how to understand and interpret the Bible.