Yesterday we talked about how important it is to study the Bible to grow in our knowledge and love of God. We are all theologians, we agreed, and we need to read Scripture through the lens of what it tells us abot God.
However, that’s not to say that theology is the only purpose for Bible study. Like a fabulous purse that matches all your outfits, the Bible applies to all of life’s issues.
Paul explains that all Scripture is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down at my Bible study completely unprepared for what God had planned to do on my heart through that day’s reading. And I’m so glad He does that!
It’s a wonderful blessing to have God’s instruction available to us in the Bible.
So after you ask the question, “What does this tell me about God?” a good follow-up question is, “How should I then live?” God’s characteristics will always compel a response on our part, whether worship, repentence, or action, but this must always come after we understand the passage in light of God’s Big Story.
And as we continue to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s work inside of us, we will find our lives being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ Himself. Amazing, isn’t it?
So let’s dig in!
- Begin your Bible study with prayer, asking God to make you sensitive to whatever He wants to teach you today.
- Read John 9. Using whatever methods you’d like of the ones we discussed last week, study the passage until you have a good feel for what it’s communicating. Focus especially on the teaching you find in the passage. What’s a command or instruction that you find in this chapter?
- In your notebook, journal on one of the commands or instructions. What does it mean and how does it apply to your life?
- End your study with prayer, asking God to continue to work in you the work of sanctification that He started. Acknowledge that you can’t change your behavior on your own, and ask the Holy Spirit to change you into Jesus’ likeness.
- Share with us what stood out to you today and what you’re taking away from your study! You can find us on Facebook here.