Your Understanding of God’s Word
Have you ever heard someone share something and then asked yourself, “Is that Biblical?”. Have you ever wondered what God thinks about a certain topic?
We can choose to spend concentrated time digging into the Word of God to understand God’s thoughts and His ways.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
When we go to study God’s Word, it is absolutely critical that we keep the right perspective:
- The Bible is the infallible Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21)
- The Bible is to be taken in its entire context (2 Timothy 3:16).
And any good study of God’s Word begins with asking the Lord to help us understand His Word as He meant it.
When we have the right perspective and have asked for the Lord’s insight into His Word, it’s time to dig in! There are many great ways to study God’s Word. Here is a simple way to do a Topical Study.
- Decide. Decide on a topic you would like to know more about from a Biblical perspective (i.e. compassion, anger, work, etc.).
- Search. Use a concordance or online Bible search engine to find verses on your topic.
- Take Notes. As you look at the verses and see one directly connected to your specific topic, write down the reference on a piece of paper. Next to the reference write what you learned from the verse about your topic. (For example: Mark 1:41 – Jesus was compassionate. Compassion is Christlike.)
- Summarize. When you have collected at least ten different verses, look over them and write a brief summary of what you’ve learned.
- Apply. Apply what you’ve learned. How can you put one verse from your study into practice? What practical steps can you take?