The Bible

I. We must know the mind of God. Here it is revealed. (1 Cor. 2:16)

II. We must teach and preach; in simplicity and Godly sincerity. (2 Cor. 1:12)

III. Let us have a prompt and unquestioning: acceptance of and submission to the teaching of the the word of God when definitely ascertained; even when these teachings appear to be unreasonable or impossible.

IV. Let us have absolute reliance: upon all its promises in all their length, breadth, depth and height. The one who studies the Bible as the word of God will say of every promise no matter how vast and beyond belief it appears, “God, who cannot lie, has promised this, so I will claim it for mysel.”

V. Let us have obedience: prompt, exact, unquestioning, joyous obedience to every command that it is evident from the context applies to us.

VI. Let us study the Bible prayerfully: looking for Christ in all the scriptures; and let us store away the scriptures in our minds and hearts. It will keep us from sin (Ps. 119:11), from false doctrine (Acts 20:29 32; 2 Tim. 3:13 15), it will fill our heart with joy (Jer. 15:16), and peace (Ps. 85:8), it will give us victory over the evil one (1 Jn. 2:14), it will give us power in prayer (Jn. 15:7), it will make us wiser than the aged and our enemies (Ps. 119:100,98,130), it will make us completely furnished unto every good work (2 Tim. 3:16 17).

VII. Study the Bible by chapters:
A. Read the chapter 5 times, aloud at least ounce.
B. Divide the chapter into its natural divisions and outline the chapter.
C. List the leading facts in their proper order.
D. What are the principal lessons of the chapter?
E. What is the central truth?
F. List the people and any light thrown on their character.
G. Make a list of subjects mentioned that you could study more about. (sin,etc)
H. List words or phrases for further study. (second coming, believer, etc.)
I. What is the key verse?
J. What is the best verse?
K. Name the chapter. (The Ascension Chapter, The Lame Man’s Chapter, etc.)
L. Write down any new truth you have learned from the chapter.
M. What truth already known has come to you with new power?
N. What does the chapter teach me to believe?
O. What definite thing does the chapter teach me to do?
P. What notable things in this chapter are taught about Christ?

VIII. Study the Bible topically:
A. It is important to know all that God has to say on any subject. Just knowing a small part of what God says can make you one-sided and imperfect. The only way to know all God has to say on any subject is to go through the Bible on that subject.
B. Make a list of the subjects you wish to study and take them up one by one.
C. Be thorough. Fiind as far as possible every passage in the Bible on it.
D. Be exact. Note exact words. Get exact Bible meanings. Note parallel passages on the same subject. The meaning is sometimes made clear in other passages dealing on the same subject. What goes before and even after the verses will settle the meaning of many verses that are doubtful.