These verses and throughout this chapter have been a challenge to me to know my God in an intimate and real way. It is something that every Christian should desire. Paul was praying here in Colossians 1 and sharing his desire for the believers in the city of Colosse. But knowing what we know about Paul, I believe that he had already prayed this prayer for himself, and he was active in the process of knowing God for himself. From Paul’s writings, we know that he knew God and desired that others would experience the same type of relationship with God that he had. How do we, in modern-day culture, get to the point that Paul was at to know our God—Who, by the way, is the same God that Paul served in the first century? We have to be in His Word!
How often do we open our Bibles and just read to say that we have read?
We can easily walk away from being in God’s Word and feel the same or maybe even worse than we did when we opened His Word. This is an area of my life that I frequently have to “preach” to myself in. We like to take the easy road in so many things. The thing we have to remember is that getting to know your God is not something that comes easily.
We would all say that we want to know God and have a relationship with Him, but that will not happen for us unless we study His Love Letter to us in which He has revealed Himself and His will for our lives.
There are countless ways we could talk about to learn how to study God’s Word, but I want each of you, friends, to know that YOU can study the Bible and see God for yourself. You don’t have to wait until you reach some artificial status level in your spirituality. You can understand it all now with the Lord’s help and a bit of diligence.
5 Questions to Ask For Effective Bible Study
There are 5 questions to use in your Bible study time so that reading your Bible doesn’t become a stale and boring ritual.
These questions are fairly straightforward. I am sure that you have looked for some of these things in reading in general. I used to teach literature, and I was always trying to help my students see more than just the words on the page. The awesome thing is that the words on the pages of your Bible are not the words of a famous author in a work of literature. They are the eternal words of the God Who has already saved you from eternal punishment and has given you eternal life in Heaven with Him. He wants to talk to you through these words.
Practical Ideas For Effective Bible Study
Let me give you some practical ideas to make this process work for you.
One of my favorite books to study in the New Testament is 1 Peter. I want to give you some examples of how to answer these questions using the book of 1 Peter. Don’t worry—we aren’t going to read the whole book here! But I would highly encourage you to use a short book like this to get started in a study like this. Let’s look at a few verses along with each of these questions.
An Effective and Practical Bible Study of 1 Peter
Is there a truth for me to discover?
Is there a lesson for me to learn?
Is there an example for me to follow (or not to follow)?
These are only a few of the truths, lessons, promises, commandments, and examples that we can find in 1 Peter. I would encourage you to try this method and then make it your own as you study and seek to know your God. He wants you to know Him, but you have to do your part!
What Bible study methods have helped you get to know God better?
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