How can we prepare in advance for Bible study?
Read the verses or chapters of the Bible
When we have a particular topic that we cover in our Bible studies, we often take a look ahead at the following week’s study material so that we can read it ahead of time and write down any questions. that we might have that we are not sure, then do some research in the Bible to find answers to these questions. You may even want to go to a Bible dictionary, concordance, or Study Bible to see what is said about particular Bible verses or topics you are studying. For example, if you were studying baptism, you might not have known that the Mishnah, which is a collection of rabbinical traditions, attributes Jewish baptism to Ezra in a decree that every Jewish man must immerse himself in before praying or d As in at that time, several Jewish groups observed ritual immersion daily, just to make sure they were ready for the coming of the Messiah. This ties in well with the symbolism of baptism in the New Testament and that it is commanded for believers, just like the ritual washing of priests in the Old Testament.
Find and read cross-references of verses
When we were recently studying the gospel of John, we ended up with more questions than answers, so we looked at the Bible references to try and explain the difficult passages. We tried this on John 4:24 to find out what Jesus meant that we are to worship God in spirit and in truth and we found the apostle Paul’s reference to Philippians 3: 3 which says “We are the circumcised, who worship by the Spirit of God and glorify ourselves in Jesus Christ and put no trust in the flesh” but also the verse before Jesus’ statement on the worship of God is spirit and truth, where He said “The hour is coming, and it is now, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such people to worship him” (John 4:23) and He specifically said that “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem” (John 4:21). It seems that day has come. We can make more sense of a difficult passage by reading and examining the Bible passages that refer to it, but also by reading the context of the passage or even having to read the entire chapter to see how a certain verse is. placed in the scriptures.
Pray for the Spirit of God to help you
The apostle Paul tells us that “The Spirit of God dwells in you. He who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him “ (Rom 8: 9) for “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8:14), so until a person is born again (John 3: 3-7), they cannot understand the things of God just as Paul writes in Romans 8:27 of the Holy Spirit, that “He who searches hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” and in fact, we don’t always know what to pray for then the Spirit of God helps us (Rom 8:26). In a rhetorical statement, Paul writes “Who knows the thoughts of a person if it is not the spirit of that person, which is in him? Likewise, no one understands the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God ” (1 Cor 2:11) and “Those things that God has revealed to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God “ (1 Co 2:10). The point is, unbelievers cannot know the things of God because “The physical person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1st Cor 2:14), we should pray before studying our lesson or reading the Word of God because the Holy Spirit can enlighten us in things that we cannot understand.
Study with a friend
If you want to learn more about the Bible, find a study buddy to help you study the Bible study you’ve just completed or the one that’s coming up. It is true that iron sharpens iron (Prov 27:17) and that two are better than one (Eccl 4: 9) because they can help each other because we all have spiritual blind spots. Someone else might see something in the study that you don’t understand, and so can you helping them. When we study together and pray together, the Spirit of God can work together in us and among us, and it is a great way to prepare for a Bible study.
The apostle Peter writes that “Honor Christ the Lord as holy in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; but do it with gentleness and respect ” (1 Pet 3:15) and being prepared means we are being studied on certain topics, studying the Bible or Sunday school lessons. Bible studies are not meant to reveal who knows the most or who gets the most correct answers, but to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter 3:18), and to learn together in a group. Bible study or a Sunday school class. can help us learn more together than we could ever learn separately since we know iron sharpens iron (Prov 27:17). This is all the more important since rust never sleeps.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.