Friday, March 28, 2008

How to Study the Bible for Yourself

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

I recently finished reading, "How to Study the Bible for Yourself." My mom got this book awhile ago through Crossings Book Club and I hadn't read it, so I started it the other day. To tell the truth, I just decided to read it more for fun. Because I already have my own way that I go about studying the Bible, but I thought that maybe I could get something out of it.

I do like some of the study worksheets that they provide at the end of the book. And LaHaye shares stories of people who became excellent students of the Bible. I probably will do a study of the life of Jesus or a study of Jesus' parables. I also like that he encourages that you should memorize verses from the Bible. I remember one time hearing a preacher say that you didn't need to memorize verses. I don't exactly remember why he said it, I just remember hearing him say you didn't need to do it. Two things that I believe that so-called preacher didn't want those under him to be able to do, first, he didn't want them to spiritually grow and be able to overcome spiritual warfare. Number two, he was probably afraid that they would learn verses that would show them that they should kick him out of the pulpit.

One thing that I didn't agree about is, he gave a list of books that you should use to study the Bible. One reason I didn't like this is sometimes people can't afford them. I was blessed to get two of my study Bibles through my church. I bought a Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible for $10 bucks last year. I received a Bible dictionary from my grandmother's church when I graduated from High School. Christmas 2006, I took the money that my grandfather and my aunt Lori gave me and I bought a 5 volume commentary set. My cousin Marcy installed a Deluxe Bible Collection on my computer and that has different commentaries and it also has the Strong's Concordance. Also one year my aunt Lori gave me a Halley's Bible Handbook (that was one book on LaHaye's list). I got a cheap concordance last year (that was really by accident). But as I said, sometimes people can't get those books. I have heard many times that my grandfather uses a Webster's Dictionary to look up words from the Bible.

I would recommend, that you would get a good Study Bible. If you could get The Deluxe Bible Collection then that would be worth your money. But don't worry, there is this awesome website called E-Sword that you can download onto your computer and then you can download commentaries and books. Two things that I downloaded off E-Sword that I love is the Bishops' Bible 1568 and the Geneva Bible 1587. Most of the Bibles and commentaries are free, but there are some you have to pay for. Here is the link, E-Sword.


Anonymous said...

I finally downloaded e-Sword yesterday. It looks awesome. Now I have to decide which add-ons I want...LOL.

I forgot that you had the Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible. Can I borrow that sometime?

Happymama said...

Oh, we have e-Sword. It's great! As far as books to help you study the Bible, I don't necessarily disagree with them, but you have to be very careful not to get just any book from any author. I was recently given some little books from someone that wouldn't tell me who they were from or with and as I read the first couple of paragraphs in the first book, I realized it must have been some kind of cult or something and just threw them away. To me, the best book to help you study the Word is the Word itself. If you pray for wisdom when you read it, the Holy Ghost will show you things that other books can not. You know? But like I said, there's nothing wrong with the other books. Goodness knows, we have tons of books that go along with the Bible and help put things in perspective. I'm just saying...from my recent experience, make sure you know the author and what they teach. There are wolves out there!
Well, I guess I could have made this a blog post. LOL


Carol said...

Sounds interesting. I may have to check that book out. Thanks for the tip. :) And thanks for the visit!