Friday, April 13, 2012

Fresh Bible Reading

A friend of mine, asked for some ideas to freshen her times of reading the Bible. Just thinking about it inspired me to get more intentional about it and renewed my desire to learn about God's love in the pages of His words to us - The Bible. Following are the suggestions I gave my friend.

NavPress Lifechange series for basic inductive (letting the Bible interpret itself) study of a single book at a time.

What the Bible is All About by Henrietta Mears - gives historical and biographical information about all the Bible books in an accessible, easy to read format.

Read through the whole Bible with one question in mind for God; take your time and ponder His answers when they come.
     What is God's love like?
     Who is Jesus? Who is the Holy Spirit? Who is God the Father?
     How does God fight for me?
     What does God care about most?

Use a different Bible version than you normally use if it's become "stale" or you get distracted easily.
    Some good ones are New International Version, New American Standard Version, Updated, Amplified Bible, English Standard Version, The Message (I recommend reading the Message after you've read through another version or two since it is really a paraphrase and is one man's idea of what God meant rather than a translation in which many people agreed on the meanings of terms)

Have fun getting to really know God in the pages of Scripture and letting that relationship transform who you are!