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How to effectively read God's Holy Word - the Bible

How can I become a Christian & what should I do?


How to effectively read God's Holy Word - the Bible.

Taken from "Cover to Cover" by Selwyn Hughes and Trevor J Partridge

Trust it:
The Bible was inspired or "God breathed" (2 Tim. 3:16). He used the personalities of human writers but so guided their minds that their words were His words too. Treat them as Jesus did: as authoritative and entirely trustworthy. Jesus built His own life and ministry upon God's commands and promises, obeying them even to the cross (Luke 24:27, 45-47).

See the lasting principle:
For most of us daily life is very different from the days of Israel's tent cities in the wilderness: far, too, from life in the Roman Empire. Where these differences exist, look to see the lasting principles below the instruction or event - what do they teach in general about God or serving
Him? Jesus' example and exhortation about foot washing, for instance, ought to lead us to other kinds of service and care for one another relevant to our day (John 13:14).

Know the Author:
The Bible's human authors were "carried along" by the Holy Spirit to give us God's Word (2 Peter 1:21). So we need the Holy Spirit to be its interpreter. Knowing God personally as the Lord of our lives and Christ as our Saviour is the essential key to a proper understanding of the Bible.

See the background:
Statements taken out of context can be misleading, to say the least - ask any public figure who is quoted by the press! Aim to understand the meaning and purpose of a passage as a whole. This will put into perspective the point of any verse or phrase within it.

See the whole picture:
The Bible has one author and is a harmonious whole. This means we should interpret individual passages in the light of what we know generally from Scripture and from other sections on the same subject. Some of James statements, for example, could imply that our works help to save us (James 2:20, 24). The entire force of Scripture contradicts this, however, and shows that this interpretation cannot be right (e.g. Eph. 2:8; Rom. 3:23-24). Realising this, a careful rereading of James reveals that he is not answering the question about how we are saved; his message is that genuine faith in Christ must result in good works.

Value expert help:
This year you could aim to read through the Bible - but you won't have time to study it all in detail. Even so, there may be particular passages you want to dig deeper into, to apply in your own Christian living or to get to grips with difficult issues. Help in understanding harder passages can be found by using a good commentary by scholars who know the Bible and love its author. A further reading section is given below for your help.

Live it out:
Always remember that your aim in reading the Scriptures is to draw closer to the Lord and live a life that brings praise to Him. Reading the whole sweep of Scripture is stimulating, but God's Word is to be obeyed! As you search God's Word, ask for His Spirit's empowering to put it into practice. Take it in and live it out!


How Can I Become A Christian & What Should I do?

Firstly, please read and think about the following Bible verses:
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) 

"...everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His
Name." (Acts 10:43)

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25,26)

"...if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)

"Every one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13 &
Joel 2:32)

Secondly, ask yourself - what do I believe?
Do you believe the above words from the Bible?

Becoming a Christian is all about believing, trusting, and clinging to Jesus Christ. It is about letting go of all the bad things in your life and admitting that God's power is able to change and help you. Being a Christian is NOT about being outwardly religious! It is about letting God's Spirit live inside your heart. Come to Jesus Christ now as you read this page on your screen and find out what real living is all about!

If so, you can pray the following prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry that I have been going my own way instead of your way. Thank you for dying to take away my sin. Please come into my life and make me the person you want me to be. Amen."

If you have prayed this prayer sincerely, then the Bible says you are saved from your sins and you are a new person.

You've now got a new life:
If you do not belong to a local church, you should look for one quickly!  There's no time to lose! Find a Bible-believing church and get involved with God's work. He will guide you to the right one.

Thanks for visiting!

May the Lord God bless you as you seek to follow him.


 

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