Safely Study Bible

Here is a way to more safely study the Bible with a friend and know the Word of God. Reading your Bible alone is helpful. I am in no way discounting that. The greatest extent of my reading is from the Bible and the material for my study is the Bible.

Many of us after leaving the 2x2 religion are afraid of joining another cult. And many of us didn't appreciate the lies that we believed due to our ignorance. And many of us would like some fellowship. Here is a safer setting that you may appreciate.

First, pray to God for help in finding a Christian to study with. See if they will meet with you for an hour or hour and half. Write down their name and number. Mark the appointment on your calendar.
If you cannot make the appointment, call and let them know as soon as you can.

Read through a book in the Bible, don't skip around. You need context and to get the big picture.
May I suggest the book of Genesis? The Bible builds on itself and is mostly in chronological order. So by reading the Bible front to back is safe.

Here's how I study with a friend. I hope it helps you.

  1. First, we decide on how much scripture we will read together. We start with a smaller number of verses for the first study. I want a sure success the first time. Say like Genesis 1, the first 19 verses.
  2. First, they read three verses. If they don't read it accurately, I stop them, and they reread the verse.
  3. I read the next three. If I misread the verses, they stop me and I reread it.
  4. We cover the 19 verses in this fashion. The odd number verses at the end are no big deal.

    Now we've read through the verses twice. We've both read each verse and heard each verse read. This helps us to make sure we've read the passage accurately. Sometimes when another person reads the Bible to us, it helps us to see the sense of the passage. When you're reading, you're focused on gathering the whole sentence and speaking it in the way it was written. When someone reads it to you, you can hear the other person read it with their understanding.

    If you don't think that reading the Bible, knowing the Word of God and the commandments of God are important, you might want to first do a study on Genesis 3 and see how Satan - the serpent, the most subtle beast deceived Eve in the garden of Eden..see also where satan deceives eve.

  5. Now, they ask me a question. Say we're reading Genesis 1. They'll ask "Who created the heaven and the earth?".
  6. So it's my turn to answer. First, I repeat back the question, saying "Who created the heaven and the earth?" This makes sure that I was listening to what they asked. It helps make sure that I understand what he was asking. Also it helps me to answer their real question and not what I wish or think they are asking.
  7. I search the scripture we've just read, and find the verse where the answer is. I quote the Book, chapter and verse and read the verse out loud, saying for example "Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Then I give my answer based on what the Bible actually says, not what I think happened because I wasn't there, so I would say "God created the heaven and the earth."
  8. Then I ask them a question based on the verses we've read. Maybe something like "What did God say about the light?"
  9. We keep going. Sometimes we break out into conversation, but it's all about edification, glorifying God, learning and understandings God's will.

If you read Matthew 13, Parable of Sower Seed and Soils, you will find that unless you know and understand God's will, you will not last, but wither under the persecution. There is lots of persecution. The Bible teaches that all Christians face persecution. And you're going to fail if you don't understand God's will. Watch out for the cares of life, the persecution, the deceit of riches, not understanding God's will etc.

For more questions, and if you cannot find someone to study with or they aren't able to make a study, see also http://freebiblestudies.info

Asking Questions

For the greatest "question asker" ever, you should read about Jesus Christ. The point of asking questions in the Bible study if to help understand the scripture. Also, it will prepare you when you have questions, to be able to know the scripture and be able to give answers. Whether you are asking the questions to yourself at times of decisions or whether someone else is asking you for help.

When asking a question, there are several words that are very often used. They are: "who", "what", "where", "why", "how" and from this also "how much" (which is important for parents with kids who want something :).

Let me give you an example of using these words to form questions on Genesis 1:1. The answers follow the questions.

  • Who created heaven and earth? Heaven and earth were created by God.
  • What did God create in the beginning? In the beginning God created heaven and earth.
  • Where did God create heaven and earth? - this answer is not in Gen 1:1
  • Why were heaven and earth created? - the answer to this is not in Gen 1:1 see Rev 4:11
  • When did God create heaven and earth? God created heaven and earth in the beginning.
  • How did God create heaven and earth? Answer in Gen 1:3 God created heaven and earth by his word. See also John 1:1

Study Partner

It is good to study with the Bible with many people. You can get different questions based on different perspectives. IF you run into someone who consistently tries to ask questions not in the material and/or tries to twist what the scriptures say, then it is time to not study with them any more. Don't yoke yourself in studying the Bible with someone pulling the other way. At times, you may feel like Elijah

1Ki 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

You can read God's answer to him. Jesus Christ knows the struggles.

The Price You Will Pay

You are very likely to be kicked out of your current fellowship if you ask questions and hold your pastor/preacher to the scripture.

What did Jesus Christ say?

Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Why Study the Scripture?

While studying this way may seem tedious. And it may be difficult at first trying to ask questions and then discern whether the answer is located within the scope of the study for your study partner to be able to find the answer, it is profitable. Many have told me that I am very well versed and feel at a loss when talking to me, that they know so little. And I would like to say that I was raised in a cult and learned many things wrong, but yet through studying the scripture and asking myself questions and answering them from the Bible, I was able to learn from the scripture.

Studying, knowing, having faith in the scripture is very important.

If we don't know the Bible, we are bound to repeat other's errors. Why not profit from the scripture and avoid pitfalls?

While some things may be tedious at times, that does not mean that they are not profitable.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Learning Scripture as a Child is a Blessing

2Ti_3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Why was the Bible Written?

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The Test

Satan will tempt you. And if you don't understand the Word of God, have not mixed it with faith and don't obey it, you will become Satan's prey.

The Reward

Jas_1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Real Bible studies

Parable of Sower

Parable wheat and Tares

Matthew 8:1-4

Matthew 09

Matthew 10

Matthew 10 answers

Matthew 13

Matthew 16

Matthew 28

Luke 12:13

Mark 10:17

Mark 16

Matthew 19:16

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