August 07, 2014

Studying God's Word

Acts 17:10-12

The Berean Jews … received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
—Acts 17:11


It is not enough to just read words in our Bible. We must discern what the words mean. This brings us into the realm of study, because living with God’s Word is a lifelong learning experience.

The people Paul encountered in Berea are a great example. They willingly opened their Old Testaments, looked up the places Paul pointed them to, and seriously considered their need for a suffering and resurrected Savior.

How do we study God’s Word? It’s important to research the setting, purpose, themes, and outline of each book of the Bible. We need to seek clarity about revealed truth as we compare Scripture to Scripture through cross-references. We can consult notes of explanation written by devoted Bible scholars. Excellent study Bibles with these features are great tools for understanding how every part of God’s Word centers in Christ and his redemption of our lost world.

In addition to personal study, opening your Bible regularly with others is a wonderful way to grow in God’s grace. Insights and convictions can be shared to find a united belief in what the Lord says. Our faith and Christian fellowship increase.

Studying God’s Word takes time and work. The Bereans made the effort and were blessed. What about you?

Lord, “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes” (Psalm 119:125). Amen.

About the author — David Zandstra

David Zandstra is a retired pastor living in Marietta, Georgia, having served five churches from New Jersey to California. Along with other ministries, he counsels clients of a pregnancy resource center. He acknowledges his indebtedness to the training and resources of Peacemaker Ministries. David and his wife, Margie, have three children and six grandchildren.

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