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Enjoy Reading Your Bible

DL Moody

Having the proper tools and equipment when you begin to read is very important. Good craftsmen use good tools and always keep them in good condition.

A Good Edition of the Bible: 

    Versions of the Bible are printed in various editions, representing a wide spectrum of format, quality, and price. You can help your personal Bible reading immeasurably by choosing the right Bible. Choose a Bible with large, clear print with generous space in the margins for notations. A Bible with small print and difficult type does not help Bible reading and makes your eyes tired quickly. Also consider the width of the columns in your edition of the Bible. Single-column editions are easier to read phrases and aid textual examination, but make you eyes tired more quickly. Double-column editions do not make your eyes tired as quickly as single-column editions, but one of the shortcomings of the double-column text is that twice as many phrases are broken up, which can hinder careful textual examination. Choose carefully which type of Bible edition works best for you. 

   Also, consider how long it has been since you did much reading in a different Bible version than you are now accustomed to. It is important to realize that if you are too accustomed to a Bible (not only of the version, but even where the words and verses are on the page), you will often read mechanically, not purposefully. You will tend to not read with a fresh approach as if you are reading the Bible for the first time. By at least temporarily switching to another Bible you will see words and phrases you had overlooked before. Also consider reading out of a Bible that is easy for you to understand the meaning of the phrases and words. Bible reading is worthless if you cannot comprehend what the text is saying due to archaic or poorly structured sentences. Once you have read a Bible passage in one version, you should always read it in at least one other version. One of the values of reading a second version is that you will see things that you never saw before because of the different vocabulary and style. 

Pencil, Paper, and Notebook:

   Bible reading in its fullest dimensions is more than mere eye contact with the printed page. Using a pencil as you read the Bible text can be one of the best aids for seeing what the author has written. Unless you are gifted with a photographic memory, it is impossible for you to retain for very long all the things you see in a productive reading of a Bible text. To help retain the things you see, write down the points of interest and comments you have on the text on paper. Writing things you find in the text down will help you to remember the points you found. When you later return to the passage, you will either remember the points you wrote down or will have those points written down for reference as you restudy the text. 

Table or Desk: 

   It goes without saying that if you do more recording than just a few marks on the page of your Bible, you need to use a table or desk. This leaves ample space for paper, notebook, and other Bible versions. 

Attitudes for Good Reading:

   Bible reading can be barren and even inaccurate, if we have the wrong attitudes. Let's look at some of the good attitudes that should cradle our Bible reading. 

Reverence:

   The Bible is God's written Word to us. How important for us to revere its pages of truth, as it tells us about the God we worship. A deep conviction of the authority and infallibility of the Scriptures is of paramount importance for the one who reads its pages. Bible reading keeps its glow when we revere it as God's book. 

Desire:

   It is one thing to know that we need to read the Bible. It is another thing to desire to read it. Such a desire is not forced, but should come naturally to the one who knows the Author personally and loves His fellowship. This is what Peter had in mind when he wrote, "long for the pure milk of the word...if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord" (1 Peter 2:2-3). 

Receptivity:

   This is the attitude of submission and moldability. We approach the Bible not to do something to it, but to let it do something to us. With an open heart and mind, we are prepared to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). 

Humility:

   Humility is a virtue that God values in every aspect of our lives, because He wants us always to acknowledge who we really are and who He truly is. When you feel discouraged over difficult passages of Scripture, recall that even Peter realized there were parts of Paul's letters that were hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). 

Time and Toil:

    Where do we find time to read the Bible? The answer is, Time will never be found. So we must take time to read the Bible, scheduling it at a regular time each day. This is not an impossible nor unreasonable demand, seeing how easily we can schedule the daily reading of the newspaper and the weekly reading of magazines. There is no substitute for being alone with God and His Word. 

Do not wait for an opportune time to begin reading your Bible. Begin now. It is very true for Bible reading that the biggest waste of time is the time wasted in getting started. Bible reading is work because when we read the Bible we are doing something, concentrating our whole being on a very important task. But Bible reading is blessed work that is fruitful and exciting. 

 Suggestions for Finding A Pattern and Time for Bible Study:

  1. Follow a regular, consistent pattern as much as possible. This guards your reading against intrusion by things that pop up unexpectedly. 
  2. Read at least once each day, more frequently if possible (Psa. 1:2-3). By doing this you avoid going long periods of time without reading. The length of the reading may be short or long. Variety is good. 
  3. Reading should be done when the setting is quiet and without distractions. 
  4. Your reading may be a part of a Bible study project, which may involve scheduled times. 
  5. Choose the time of day when you are most alert, wide awake, least rushed, and can concentrate the best. This time varies from person to person. Some like to read in the freshness of the early morning hours, others are their best when evening comes, and for others the noon hour is most productive. 
  6. To a certain degree the Bible must be read differently that any other books. The Bible must be read with more intensity, with more care, and with more diligence than one would read any other book. The Bible is not a novel. Our souls depend upon proper understanding
Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study

Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study

by Dwight Lyman Moody

We cannot overestimate the importance of a thorough familiarity with the Bible. I try to lose no opportunity of urging people by every means in my power to the constant study of this wonderful Book. If through the pages that follow, I can reach still others and rouse them to read their Bibles, not at random but with a plan and purpose, I shall be indeed thankful.

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Joshua

An Old Testament Type of Jesus

Joshua played an important role in Israel after they had been delivered from Egypt, thereby preparing him for his future role as leader when they crossed the Jordan to take possession of the Promised Land. His conquests in Canaan rendered proof that he was a special instrument in the hand of the Lord. Joshua was an Old Testament type of Jesus, who was sent by the Father to accomplish a much greater purpose, i.e. to deliver people all over the world from the bondage of sin.

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Josua

’n Ou-Testamentiese Tipe van Jesus

Josua het ’n belangrike rol in Israel se geskiedenis gespeel nadat hulle uit Egipte bevry is, en dit het hom voorberei om as leier op te tree toe hulle deur die Jordaan getrek het om die Beloofde Land in besit te neem. Sy oorwinningstogte in Kanaän het van hom ’n beson­dere instrument in die hand van die Here gemaak. Josua was ’n Ou-Testamentiese tipe van Jesus wat deur die Vader gestuur is vir ’n veel groter doel, naamlik om mense oral in die wêreld uit die slawerny van sonde te bevry.

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Die Bybel in Geheel

Die Bybel in Geheel

Hierdie is 'n kort oorsig om vir jou 'n duideliker prentjie te skets voordat jy in diepte met Bybelstudie begin. Hierdie Bybel in Geheel studie, is 'n studie van die hele Bybel. Dit neem jou deur elke boek van die Bybel om vir jou 'n kort oorsig te gee oor elke boek, deur wie dit geskryf was en waarom dit geskryf was en lig ook dan belangrike dele uit en som die boek in kort op. Met hierdie notas saam sal verdere studies van die Bybel baie meer vir jou sin maak en help om sekere konsepte beter te verstaan.
Die Bybel in Geheel

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Die waarde van die Bybel / Om die Bybel te verstaan / Bybelse Uitdrukkings.

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Die Ou Testament

Die Ou Testament kan in 3 Dele opgedeel word: Deel 1 – Geskiedenis – Genesis tot Ester Deel 2 – Wysheid & Digkuns – Job tot Hooglied Deel 3 – Profesieë – Jesaja tot Maleagi

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Die Nuwe Testament

Die Evangelies is seker die mees bekendste deel van die Bybel. Baie mense ken dele van die Evangelies maar min mense verstaan die omvang en doel van hierdie vier boeke.

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Studies Concerning the subject of Holiness

Holiness is a characteristic that is often talked about but hardly understood as to how it can be obtained. Too often holiness is considered an attribute of God that is not attainable to man. Holiness is considered something impossible.
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2. The Holiness of God

3. Putting Sin to Death, Pursuing Holiness

4. Trained in Godliness

5. True Humility

6. Contentment

7. Self-Control

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13 Studies in Christelike Heiligheid

Hierdie 13 Wesleyaanse lesings oor heiligmaking is opgestel om weekliks oor ‘n tydperk van drie maande aangebied te word.

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'n Studie oor Heiligmaking

Die leer oor heiligmaking as 'n tweede genadewerk ná bekering help alle Christene om tot geestelike volwassenheid op te groei.

Hier is 12 studies wat in diepte kyk na hierdie onderwerp. Die studies is ook as klank studies beskikbaar.
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1. Die Behoefte aan Heiligmaking
2. Die Stryd Teen Vleeslikheid
3. Die Eise van Dissipelskap
4. Oorwinning Oor die Vlees: Die Stap van Heiligmaking
5. Oorwinning Oor Swakhede: Die Proses van Heiligmaking
6. Vervulling met die Heilige Gees
7. Volkome Heiligmaking
8. Die Wil van God
9. Gawes en Vrug van die Gees
10. Bedieninge van die Heilige Gees
11. Die pelgrimsreis van God se Volk
12. Heiligmaking en die Wederkoms

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Discipling New Believers
English & Afrikaans FREE printable studies.

8 Week study program

This can be used as a weekly study for new believers. These studies will help with assurance of salvation and will grow their Bible knowledge. These are the very basics of the Christian faith and will ensure a firm foundation. Give this to a young believer and go through all the answers with the person each week. Make sure they memorized the scriptures each week. Use the study's questions to lead conversations on subjects that the person do not yet understand.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO ME?
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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD
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IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD
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WITNESSING FOR GOD
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FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD
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TO BE ONE IN CHRIST
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All 8 studies in one
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8 Weke studie program

Gebruik die kort studies om weekliks deur te gaan met 'n nuwe Christen. Dit sal hulle sekerheid gee en hulle Bybel kennis verbreed sodat hulle op 'n vaste fondasie kan bou. Gee dit weekliks vir die persoon en gaan dit dan saam met hulle deur elke week nadat hulle dit ingevul het. Toets hul teks memorisering Gebruik die vrae in die studies as leiding tot nodige gesprekke daar waar die persoon dalk dinge nie verstaan nie.

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WAT HET MET MY GEBEUR?
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‘N WANDELING MET GOD
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OM VAN GOD TE LEER
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IN GESPREK MET GOD
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OM VIR GOD TE GETUIG
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GEVUL MET GOD SE GEES
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OM EEN TE WEES IN CHRISTUS
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Precept Ministries International

Precept Ministries International

PRECEPT MINISTRIES SOUTH AFRICA SERVES THE CHURCH BY HELPING TO ESTABLISH PEOPLE IN GOD'S WORD, USING INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY.

The ministry’s goal is to equip and encourage people to live as exemplary followers of Jesus Christ, studying the Bible inductively, viewing the world Biblically, making disciples intentionally and serving the church faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Through workshops, conferences and Bible classes the ministry provides training in Inductive Bible Study skills, which includes leading dynamic small group discussions. Inductive Bible study materials are available in nearly 70 languages. Hundreds of thousands of men, women, teens and children in close to 150 countries discover Truth for themselves using the Inductive Bible Study Method through the work of Precept Ministries.

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Precept Ministries - Lightning Studies

FREE downloadable Lightning Study topics offer a “print friendly” option for you to have a practical example of how Inductive Bible Study works during your personal devotion times or even with your small group.

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The real reason dating is often "insane" is Christian young people and parents have never consciously shaped their understanding of "dating" with the Bible.

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Dinge van Belang vir jong Christene
Hulp en raad aan jong Christene. Die boekie is vol waardevolle wenke en waarskuwings om jou te help op jou pad saam met die Here.

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Identifying False Teachers
A Biblical Checklist for Identifying False Teachers in the Church
The purpose of this booklet is simple: to give you a checklist so that you can identify and avoid Christian leaders whom God would call false.

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Testing Today's Prophecy
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Should Christians accept the modern prophecy movement as a new work of God’s Spirit?

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Articles on Bible Reading & Study

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."  - Psalm 119:105

The Prophetic Books of the Old Testament have been fitted into the narrative at the place where they are thought to have been written. The Epistles have been inserted into the Book of Acts in a like manner.
Praktiese wenke vir jong Christene.
Practical tips for young Christians.
by Rev. R. A. Torrey
Questions to ask when reading the Bible.
Vrae om te vra wanneer jy die Bybel lees.