This series of 10 lessons is for people who were not raised in a Christian home or a nation which has many Christians. We start with the basics here and invite your comments. Before you begin make some decisions.
- Select a quiet, isolated place for Bible reading and study. The devil and all his angels (demons) will do whatever they can to mess this up. Most people select 5 a.m. or thereabouts when others are not up.
- Have a comfy chair and good lighting.
- Have ready colored pencils (highlighters are usually too bold for most Bible papers), a pen to write notes to yourself in the margin. God may speak to you and you want to be able to write it down.
- If this Bible is too fancy to write in get one that isn’t. An easy translation is good, such as the New King James Version. If you don’t have a Bible but you have the Internet, you can copy a portion of the Bible on your computer printer from BibleGateway.com.
- Start your study time with a prayer that God send the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.
God said this book, produced over 4,000 years, is God-breathed. But it was not dictated. Timothy 3:16. And for 4,000 years human beings have been calling it lies. That should not matter to you. This book is for you to study and make up your own mind.
God said in Jeremiah 1:12 that He watches over His word to perform it. So you can expect verification of what He says over a period of time. God is eternal and so is His word. Bible study is not a Sunday afternoon jaunt.
Expect to find verification of His word by 2 Biblical sources as well as in real life. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” 2 Corinthians 13:1.
At first, the Bible is simply information. Understanding comes from applying faith to the scriptures.
Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Finally Bible reading is like a savings account. Interest accrues over a period of time.
Isaiah 28:10 10 He tells us everything over and over again, a line at a time and in such simple words!”
Now if you have time, mark with your colored pencil each one of these scriptures in your Bible and call it a day.