I’ll never forget the thrill of meeting Jesus when I was a teenager!  I loved reading my Bible. It was life to my soul. In time though, I began listening to others’ opinions on the Bible instead of deepening my faith in a personal God through my own Bible study. Before long I was pretty confused.

I have found that many people are in a similar situation. They are bewildered by the opinions of others and confused about what God really thinks. Perhaps you are one of them.

The turning point came when I started praying to hear God’s voice. He began teaching me principles of Bible study that have made His Word truly become “the Word of Life” to me (1 John 1:1). I’d like to share those principles with you in this four-part series on understanding the Bible.

A God-Led Conversation

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

One of the most important things God taught me is that He wants us to understand His thoughts. His desire to converse with us is far greater than our desire to talk with Him. God wants to engage us in conversation so that we can understand Him clearly through His written Word.

But I have learned that understanding the Bible does not come through a superficial scan. Instead, true Bible study is made up of three repeated steps: 1) Biblical reading, 2) Biblical thinking and 3) Biblical application.

We will explore these steps in detail in coming issues. As we do, you’ll see how they work together to radically expand your understanding of God’s Word. They have transformed my life. I know they’ll transform yours too.

For today, I invite you to begin praying this prayer from Jeremiah 33:3 each day:

“Father God, I want to understand your Word! Please teach me. I want to hear Your voice speaking to me. Thank you for answering, just as You have promised, and showing me great and mighty things about Yourself. I can’t wait to see what You have for me today in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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How to be Changed by Bible Study

There’s no use in studying the Bible if it doesn’t have a real-world impact. Take these steps in Biblical application to see definite results in your life from your Bible study.
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Q&A: How do I Receive the Holy Spirit?

Have you ever wondered if you have the Holy Spirit? The Bible promises this gift. Here’s how you can have it...

James White – Ardent Worker of Christ

James White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dedicated his life to the salvation of others. His life is both an inspiration and a rebuke to any Laodicean Christian.
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Q&A: What is the biblical gift of speaking in tongues?

Many say that you aren’t filled with the Holy Spirit unless you speak in tongues. Is this true? Discover the true Biblical gift of tongues and why God gives it.
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A Worthy Exchange

How do I know God loves me? No one willingly dies for someone they don't love. Not only did Jesus take our place, His dying on the cross proved that your life meant more to Him than His own.
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A Normal Christian Life?

John Hyde and Dwight L. Moody show us the kind of life that God intends every Christian to live through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Biblical Thinking: The Next Step in the Conversation

Biblical Thinking is the tool God wants to use to take your Bible study to a whole new level of conversation and prayer.

It Was Because He Loved Me

Why do people follow Jesus? The gospel of John gives us the answer: In writing the story of how Christ loved others, John was revealing how Jesus was loving him.
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Where to Find Gold the Gold of Truth

Panning for gold is a lot like looking for truth. You have to be persistent and look in the right place—God’s Word.
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