TIPS ON STUDYING THE BIBLE
If you’ve never studied the Bible, you likely don’t know where to start.
We recommend finding a Bible that is easy to read. Two versions we would recommend would be the New International Version (NIV) or Eugene Peterson’s The Message. The important thing is that you can open up the Bible, read a verse, and understand what it says. Some of the older translations, such as the King James translation, are sometimes difficult to read in everyday English.
The next thing you do is pick a book of the Bible to study. We’d recommend starting with the gospel of John because it is easy to understand, and the message of Christianity is clearly explained. It’s helpful to study the New Testament before studying the Old Testament because the entire message of the Old Testament is more easily understood when you know the message of Christianity and the purpose Jesus came and died for our sins.
At some point, you should purchase a Bible commentary, such as Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary. This makes it even easier to understand what you are reading as you are reading what a Bible scholar says about it.
When you are reading the letters of the New Testament (such as Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, etc.), it is very helpful to study the Bible inductively by learning about the context surrounding the letter (who wrote it, why it was written, whom it was written for, etc.). Otherwise, you can take a passage of the Bible that you are reading totally out of context and not fully understand what is written.
The following attached document, “Water Skiing, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in the Word,” is a light inductive Bible study method. By reading this document and following it, you can easily study and understand any book of the Bible!