Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to Read the Bible - Part 2 by Ps Michael Podhaczky

Here is a simple technique for reading the Bible. Do not begin reading from the beginning of the Bible, i.e. from Genesis or even from Matthew. Instead, first read the gospel of Mark twice, since, it commences more with the public life of Jesus Christ.

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mk 1:1 ESV)
Once you have read Mark’s gospel twice, read the gospel of John twice. John actually explains some of the private life of Jesus Christ. Next read the first letter of John, i.e. 1 John. This letter underlines the truth of the assurance of faith that we can have in Jesus Christ to live a life of faith in practice.

Then and only then, go to the start of the New Testament and read it right through twice. Then once you have done this, go to the beginning of the Bible and starting with Genesis and read all the way through the whole Bible. Read it as God’s story, as a story made up of its various parts. These parts of God’s story deal with Him as He encourages a relationship with Him by broken people. His aim is to restore them and for them to come to Him as their Heavenly Father.

As you read and study each book, chapter and section of the Bible, it is important to learn to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to you. When you read the Bible, it can be helpful to learn to read with a pen, pencil, iPhone or iPad to take notes. This skill of note-making will help you in your reading and praying through the books, chapters or sections of the Bible. It can be these notes from what you have read and studied that may help you to remember what God has said to you. This could be a valuable thing for you into the future.
Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…

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