How to Study the Bible

Texts: 2 Timothy 2:15, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1 & 119

It is important we learn different methods in studying the Word of God. I've found over the years that many believers struggle in their reading and studying of the Bible. Satan is afraid of believers studying the Bible and making it priority in their lives. If believers would study and meditate the Word of God, they would discover who God is and who they are in Christ. This is what makes a person a threat to Satan. God uses our studying and meditating to engraft His Word into our hearts. Colossians 3:16 says "Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Many people are poverty stricken in their word level. I challenge you today to make a decision to study the Word of God like never before and become rich in your Word level. 

I. You must read it.
   1. Reading the Word is extremely important
   2. Daily reading
   3. Read it, read it, read it 

II. Find a spot to stay a while, then read it several times
   1. Select a book or a passage and read it several times
   2. Get it in your heart and mind.

III. Look for key words/phrases that stand out
   1. Write them down
   2. Look them up in the original languages.* 

IV. Try to answer the following questions
   1. Who wrote the book?
   2. Who is the writer's audience?
   3. Why did he write the book?
   4. What was he saying in the book?
   5. What is the timeless principle that applies to all generations?

V. Apply the timeless principle to your own life.

VI. Read some commentaries ONLY after you have read it several times

This is only one of the many ways to study God's Word.

As believers we should give ourselves over to the Word of God, some of us only read the scriptures but we should come to a place in our walk with Christ where we are studying the scriptures. It is in studying the Word that we discover who God is and we learn of His ways. I challenge you to study the Word and trust the Holy Spirit to teach you about Jesus. 

Ephesians 1:15-23 is a prayer that will help us as we study the Word, so pray it for yourself and watch the Holy Spirit take you into His classroom.

 

Recommended books: 

1. How to Master the English Bible by James Gray

2. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee

3. How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart

4. How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams 

5. Grasping God's Word by J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays

 

* If you have a Bible software program or concordance, you can look up the the words in the original languages.

2017 Summer Update at Kingdom Living Ministries

Perth Amboy waterfront.

Perth Amboy waterfront.

It's been a while since we posted on the blog...we've been busy!

Summer was slow coming to Jersey. The weather just didn't want to change from the mild temperatures and rain showers of spring. However, things have finally heated all the way up outside, and likewise, Summer at KLM is in full swing.

A few exciting updates:

For the first time in the history of our church, candidates will be licensed into ministry. Two candidates are our elders-in-training, Alan Jean and Clev St. Hillaire. This licensing will be the first step on the way to their eventual ordination as Associate Pastors at Kingdom Living Ministries. The other two candidates are Jackie Dixon, who actually co-founded KLM but has never been licensed, and none other than yours truly, your very own leading lady. I was licensed as a minister years ago in another church, but we all (should) know that credentials don't automatically transfer with you when you change churches. My husband Pastor DeWayne sees fit to license me at Kingdom Living, and I could not be happier! Please join us on August 27 for this historic event. It won't be a big affair; we're saving that for ordination next year.

The week before the licensing ceremony, we will hold the first baptisms of this year. This is also a special day for me as one of the four candidates is my five-year-old son! Please join us on August 20 at Ocean Grove Beach as we celebrate this occasion.

Other upcoming events include:

  • A gender reveal reception showcasing the Johnson family's upcoming addition, on July 16.
  • The launching of KLM's infants and toddlers church/nursery for ages 3 and under, also on July 16.
  • And Friends & Family Day on July 30.

Don't miss what God is doing at KLM!!! Visit us for one of our services one Sunday this summer. We'd love to have you.

Possessing Your Inheritance, Part 2

When we understand what God did for his people in Christ, we will begin to live life the way God designed it. The Lord Jesus did not come to the earth for himself but for us to know God the Father and live life on his level. Possessing your inheritance is learning to walk in the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is not just allocated to the future but it starts now in this age. The Father has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light according to Colossians 1:12. What is this inheritance? 

This inheritance includes the forgiveness of sins. It is in Christ we have redemption, even the forgiveness of sins. Sin no longer has dominion over the believer. The power of sin has been broken through the precious cross of Calvary. We are free from sin according to Romans 6. Our freedom from sin is part of our inheritance. We are no longer control by the very thing the offends God. Jesus died for our sins and was raised for our justification. We have been declared justified in the sight of God through our faith in Christ. We are no longer sinners but saints. We were sinners prior to Christ saving us. We have been saved by grace through faith. We are no longer under the influence of sin and its ugly offsprings. We are free indeed. This is a living reality that many believers are still struggling to grasp. Our freedom has been guaranteed by the blood of Jesus. 

The forgiveness of sins is a big deal. God does not deal with us according to our sins but according to the work and person of Jesus. Once we confess our sins, God separates us from our sins as far as the east is from the west. We are brand new creatures in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” When the Lord saved us, this act of God forgiving our sins released the power of God to make us brand new creatures. We are something that has never existed before. We are new species. We are not reformed, renovated, remodeled, or a better version of our old self. We are brand new. Some believers are praying to be made over again. There’s no need to be made over again. The need is to possess our inheritance through the renewal of the mind. We are something that never existed before through Christ. God is working to make a new people for himself. If you have made Jesus the Lord over your life, then you are a new creature. Let’s begin today to walk in this newness of life that God has provided for us in his son.

There are at least 35 things we have inherited from the Lord. The following are part of our inheritance: Leadership of the Holy Spirit, Fear-less life, The Spirit of adoption, The witness of the Spirit, Heirs of God, Join-heirs of God, suffering with the Lord, Intercession of the Spirit, The love of God, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, Divine healing and health, divine protection, prosperity, peace, joy, the gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the spirit, answered prayer, the Word of God, victory, boldness, the BLESSING, eternal life, intercession of Jesus, godly children, successful marriage, wisdom, understanding and knowledge, sweet communion of the Holy Spirit, fellowship with the saints, the Lord's Table, water baptism, help, contentment, comfort, and favor. Begin today by searching the scriptures to possess your inheritance in Christ.