How to Study the Bible (5 Basic Attitudes)

by Sean Perron

by Sean Perron

Five Basic Attitudes before Bible Study – Audio mp3

1. Learn: Become a Disciple of Jesus (Luke 10:38-42)

  • A disciple is a “learner”
  • How do you sustain a relationship? Time is essential.

What if you had a girlfriend or a boy friend and you only talked with them for 15 min a week? Would that relationship last long? What if you only talked with them an hour a week? Would that relationship last long? No, but we often do this with the Lord. We don’t view having a boyfriend or girlfriend as drudgery or boring. We are usually excited! We should ponder what it means to be in a relationship with God.

  • Luke 10:38-42 – We long to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.
  • This is not about checking off a box. This is not a task list

I used to set a timer during my daily devotions. Bad idea. I kept one eye on the Bible and one eye on the clock. Wrong motive. I felt extra holy if I “exceeded” my ten minutes. I was studying the Bible simply because I knew this is what good Christians did. I did not truly love meeting God in His Word. My goal after this study is not to get you to have a set daily devotional. My goal is for you to encounter Christ in the Bible.

  • Whether you know nothing or ‘everything’, God wants us to be listeners.
  • “Every person stands before the Bible as a learner.” – Rob Plummer
  • Don’t let your “little” knowledge get in the way of encountering God in the Bible. Start somewhere and begin where you are.
  • Don’t let your “large” knowledge get in the way. Humble yourself and confess that you still need to learn from God.

 2. Ask: Begin with Prayer (Ephesians 1:15-18)

  • Psalm 119:17-18
  • There are things we cannot see apart from God’s spirit revealing them to us.
  • We can miss things when we read the Bible on our own.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
  • The same Spirit that searches God can help us!
  • We are not aiming for the head, but the heart. We hit the heart through the head.
  • The apostle Paul knew the Bible backwards and forwards yet he did not truly understand. He needed the Spirit to help him see and rightly interpret.

3. Linger: Be willing to soak in the Scriptures (John 15:1-11)

Sometimes, we treat reading our Bibles like toasting a pop-tart. We place it in the toaster, wait 30 seconds and wham – food to carry us for the next few hours. Instead, we want every day to be like a crock-pot. You are the mobile crock pot. You wake up in the morning, place the veggies in and let it simmer all day long. By end of the day, you got some good rich potatoes to chow down on.

  • Think about the Scripture you read throughout the day, meditate on it, pray through it. Abide! John 15:1-11

4. Act: Be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer (John 15:1-11)

  • John 15:8-10
  • James 2:14-17
  • We don’t want you to go through Emmaus only to find that you were deceived!
  • John 15:2 – Takes away branches

5. Listen: Belong to a Community of Learners (Acts 2:42)

  • People around you can see your strengths and weaknesses
  • You can be humbled to see how Christ is living through someone else
  • You can be humbled to see what God is teaching each others
  • You can be exhorted and encouraged by what God is doing

Small Groups: If you talk a lot, slow down. Be slow to speak and let someone else talk. If you don’t talk at all, love those around you by speaking and sharing about what God is teaching you. Share with your group and allow God to work through you.

  • Seek out people throughout the week to study the Bible together. Perhaps you should ask a Youth Leader or an older person in the church if they would be willing to go get Starbucks with you.
  • My old youth pastor gave me the idea for this analogy- These five things are like fingers on a hand – If you are doing all five, you will not slip easily. If you only have one finger on the Word, you can be pried off really quickly. If you have two or even three, you have a good grip, but it can be better. Latch onto the Scriptures with all your might. Hang on for dear life and lay hold of the grace of God found in the Bible.

References and Further Study:

Bible Study: A Student’s Guide by Jon Nielson
40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible by Rob Plummer

Small Group Discussion:

1) Are you hesitant to study the Bible because you believe you lack biblical knowledge? Or are you neglecting the Bible because you believe you have a large amount of knowledge?

2) Have you ever read something in the Bible you did not understand? What was it? Share with each other what you found difficult

3) When you come across a difficult passage in the Bible, what do you do? Do you consider asking God in prayer to help you understand it?

4) Which one of the five points from tonight (LALAL) do you need to grow in the most? Which one(s) do you feel most comfortable with?

5) Share with each other something you read in the Bible this past week. Discuss how you can (or did) apply that biblical passage. If they did read anything this past week, discuss the Sunday Morning sermon and how they can apply it.

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