Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bible Study

Bible study is important, it allows us to listen to God, align our mind with his, fill our hearts with him, and bring our lives in line with his will. Bible study can be a tough thing as it requires discipline, taking time out away from our lives, and a full focus on God rather than on ourselves. Ways to make study easier.

Make it a Routine

Pick a time every day when you are focusing on your study. This time will be different depending on you, what you prefer and you’re routine. You can try fitting it into existing routine like studying in the bathroom as part of morning hygiene, reading a bible verse in addition to your nightly reading, reading from the Bible to your kids, adding bible study blogs to your daily RSS reading list. The key isn’t using one of these tips, the key is analyzing your routine and seeing how you can fit the Word into it.

Make it Easy

Bible study may seem intimidating but something is better than nothing and something tends to lead to more. One verse a day, one daily bible verse from a web site, or devotion from a small devotional is all you need. It never matters how little it just matters that you are going into the word.

Find a Buddy

Reading with a spouse, friend, or group can make it easier. Through a periodic reading buddy mutual accountability is kept and it will help both of you. Your church will have bible studies either at the church or listed, ask your minister.  And remember, if time is a problem it can be over the phone,  or a shared verse through e-mail or chat, just because it isn’t in person doesn’t make it diminished.
Daily bible study is a heck of a commitment but it will change your life, when the lord fills your heart, nothing bad is strong enough to break through. 

Colossians 3: 1-2,16
 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
My Prayer
Father God,
I praise you and I invite you into my heart. Please help me to practice my own word, please help me to continue to focus on your word and to align your will with mine. Father God I love you and I love the paths you guide me upon, please fill my heart and help me to continue this wonderful path you have led me upon.


Michelle said...

Brian, I'm really glad I got to see this. I'm so excited to find you're such a strong brother in Christ. Are you in Bible College?

~Mariposa724 (Michelle from WW)

Brian said...

No, but I am am working on transferring to pre-seminary to get my bachelor's. I am working on becoming a Lutheran Pastor.

Michelle said...

You're the first Lutheran I've met actually. What's the main thing about that denomination? I'm more used to Baptists. But mostly, I've been to non-denomination churches.

Brian said...

I have no idea how to sum up being Lutheran as I have been in the church my whole life. I have gone to other church's and haven't found any big differences in core beliefs. We believe that we are saved through Christ and that Grace is the backbone of our salvation, not works. We also believe very strongly in the communion of saints; that other denominations (and non denominations) of Christians are equally saved.