Good Bible Study Advice

from Tim Gombis.  He shares in part:

In my first year of college I was consumed with understanding the Bible.  I tried to get my hands on anything and everything that would help me to “get it.”  I remember being at a bookstore and spotting a little booklet called “How to Study the Bible” by John MacArthur.  I had to buy it.  Among a number of other things in that little paperback booklet was one of the most valuable suggestions for knowing and understanding the Bible I have ever come across.

MacArthur said to choose a portion of text of about 3-5 chapters and to read that text for 30 days straight.  Just read it and re-read it, again and again.  So I did.  I started with James.  I read it once.  And then again.  After five days, nothing magical happened.  After ten days, still nothing.  I wasn’t arriving at the deep insights I was seeking to gain.

After about 18-20 days, I noticed that I was walking to class with a question running over and over in my head: “Who is wise and understanding among you?”  It just kept repeating (James 3:13).  And then the answer: “Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (I was reading the NIV my parents had given me).

I wasn’t intentionally “memorizing” the passage, but the cadence of the words and the flow of thought were running through my head.  After about 25 days I noticed that I felt I knew James in a thoroughgoing way, and after those 30 days felt like James was an old friend.  Read More.

Reading and reading and re-reading and re-reading a section of Scripture or whole books of the Bible is GREAT advice…  Thanks for the tip Sir!


One response to “Good Bible Study Advice

  1. This is a really good practice. An old professor from Multnomah (John Mitchell) used to ask, “Don’t you people read your Bibles?”

    For classes he and Rex Koivisto taught, we had to read large sections of the Bible repeatedly. It seemed terribly redundant at the start but I found myself starting to enjoy it the more I did it. It is surprising how much one can lock in to memory when a section or book is read like this.

    This is a neglected practice I need to restart.

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