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In this episode, Hiram gives some tips to move from Bible reading to Bible study. The difference is subtle at times but can yield valuable results.
Pick a book and read it repeatedly (even in multiple translations).
Have a notebook/notes app and write down key words/themes/ideas as well as questions and cross-references.
Ask some good questions:
Why did God say this?
Why is this taking place?
What covenant is this in?
What genre is this?
How does this connect to the section/book as a whole?
What does this tell me about God?
What does this tell me about myself?
What do I need to start doing based on this passage?
What do I need to repent of?
What should I praise God for based on this Scripture?
What does this teach me about Jesus?
What themes from this Scripture repeat in the entirety of the Bible?
Studying is primarily about pausing and pondering, not necessarily searching resources and straining for a meaning.
Remember that Scripture can interpret Scripture better than any human being can.
Remember that you don’t need to be trained formally to be a Bible student!
Boiling it down:
Use your Bible
A spirit of repetition
The right questions
An observant heart
A willingness to obey
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