Why Should We Study the Bible?
The Bible is God’s revelation to man concerning Himself, His Creation (including man), His purpose and plan for His creatures and creation, including His plan of redemption. God has chosen 3 means by and through which He reveals His truth to man.
- Through nature. (See Ps.19:1-4 & Rom. 1:20-21 & Acts 14:17)
- Through His written Word. (See II Tim. 3:16-17 & Ps. I9)
- Through His Son. (See Heb. 1:1-3 & I John 3:16 & 4:9-10)
The Bible reveals to us:
- The mind of God.
- The purpose and plan of God.
- The Will of God for man, in the light of His purpose.
- The love of God as manifest through God’s Son who is the Living Word (or Truth) of God incarnate.
The Study of the Bible:
- Points or leads us to Jesus Christ. (See John 5:39)
- Shows us the way of Salvation. (See II Tim. 3:16)
- Gives us light for our pathway. (See Psa. 119:105)
- Enables us to be worthy workmen for Jesus. (See II Tim. 2:15)
- How to Study the Bible
First, get a good Bible. I recommend ESV, NKJV, NASB, KJV, or the HCSB translations (in that order). Do some research and compare your reading level with that of the translation. A Good Teacher’s or Study Bible is The Hebrew- Greek Key Study Bible, edited by Spiros Zodhiates (AMG Publishers). Your Bible should:
- It should have good paper and readable print.
- It is best to have a good flexible binding (so it will last for years).
- Have good references, (chain or cross is desirable).
- Self-pronouncing (diacritical or punctuation markings).
- To have paragraph headings is extremely helpful.
- Having a brief introduction to each Book is very important.
Next, get some good Bible software. A great (and FREE!) program is E-Sword. Simply download E-Sword and then, from the “download” tab of your program, select the modules you wish to install. There are HUNDREDS of free Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, maps and much more. The downloading and installation is pretty self-explanatory.
Now, you should have a plan. You need to read the Bible every day. How much or how little is up to you. However, your goal should be to read it through in a year. There are many Bible plans listed below. Most take you through in a year, some shorter and one in a longer time. There are also “self-paced” plans that allow you to check off boxes as you read the chapters.
In order to read the Bible in a year, you need to read about 85 verses a day. If using an “At your own pace” sheet, you can follow this guide:
Plan 1: About 85 verses per day (maybe more one day, less the next).
Plan 2: 3.3 Chapters per day.
Plan 3: 2.5 Old Testament chapters and 1.4 New Testament chapters a day (twice through the NT).
Plan 4: 2.2 Old Testament chapters and 1.4 New Testament chapters a day…do not include the Psalms (twice through the NT) and one Psalm per day (twice through the Psalms).
Here are the plans: