Post # 1
I grew up going to a baptist church. I haven’t gone in several years and don’t necessarily feel like I have to find a church to attend now. I have been thinking a lot lately and have decided that I do want to start by reading the Bible and figure some things out for myself. I started reading tonight and just couldn’t understand parts that I read. I guess I’m asking for suggestions on how to get started with a semi clear understanding.
Post # 3
Have you heard of BSF (Bible Study Fellowship)? I’m not sure if there is a study in your area, but every year they take a part of the Bible and get really in depth with studying and understanding it. It’s not geared toward any one denomination, rather, it is simply a study of the Bible. I went for 7 years and LOVED it. This year they’re doing Genesis. It is so helpful in helping you understand what you’re reading and get the most out of it, but definitely isn’t church-y.
Post # 4
I would also recommend BSF! This is my second year in it, and I am loving this year’s study so far. :] I find it great because they make the study accessible and easy to understand for people of all backgrounds–those who have grown up in the church, those who have never been, and everyone in between.
There are a lot of rules to maintain the sensitivity of the study. And by that, I mean that they make it just about what is said in the Bible, not about what any certain denomination believes. For instance, you’re not allowed to mention which church you attend or if you disagree with certain denominations, or even books or programs that you watch. The discussion is purely based on the Word.
So if you want to discover what you believe based on only what is written in the Bible, this is your place to go 🙂 If you’re interested, go to bsf.org and you can search for studies in your area!
It’s a time commitment, though, so I would also recommend getting a study Bible with commentary and blurbs on authors, historical/archeological backgrounds, etc.
Post # 5
The Bible is composed of ancient texts, many of which are very complex. It’s best to study them in a way that will help you understand historical context and theology – so a study Bible is a good start, and a Bible reading group is another. I like the Serendipity Bible, but there are lots of good ones.
Post # 6
I definitely understand where you’re coming from! One of the things that has helped me is reading verse-by-verse commentaries. They give you really good insight to what the authors probably meant and what it would have meant to the readers. A great commentary (online and FREE!) of the entire Bible can be found at http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm. I use Dr. Constable’s notes all the time! 🙂
Post # 7
I was in the same boat. I started reading a book entitled,” What Does the Bible Really Teach.” This bible based book allowed me to follow along with my personal copy of the bible and understand bible prophecies that have been fulfilled, and how those prophecies correlate to modern day. If you think of the bible as a gift from God you can really enjoy all the wonderful promises that he has set forth for us to enjoy that are written right in his word the bible.
I was also given a free home bible study that allowed me to see that the bible has one continuous theme. Here is the link to the book:http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/is-this-what-god-purposed/. It’s very easy to follow along and I hope u get the chance to take a look! Enjoy!!
Post # 8
One of my favorite bible teachers is Kay Arthur. She’s amazing and has an “Inductive Study Bible” that helps teach you HOW to study the bible. Not like most “study” bibles where it’s just text and commentary but how to look at a passage and see who is speaking/being spoken to, what is going on, when it’s happening (like daniel in babylon) how it applies, etc. It’s fantastic! If you can take a bible course like the pp suggested that’s ALWAYS a plus too. And don’t forget to always pray and ask for the Holy Spirits guiding before you read, as scripture tells us that it’s Him that illuminates and bring to light what scripture means. =)