At the moment, another Basics for believers is running in our church. It means five weeks on the basic things every believer in Jesus needs to know – not just in the head but as a practise in your life. We meet at Café Spice Ice in Chydenia shopping-center in the heart of Kokkola. This week we’re talking about Learning to read the Bible in such a way that God gets to speak to you through it. Here is a taste of it, did you know that:
- The Word of God aims at your heart, not your head primarily. Read with the heart.
This does not mean that we throw out the brain when we read the Word of God, but that we should tune in our hearts to Him. Your heart (not your intellect) will determine where you go (Prov. 4:23).
- Remember: Always read together with the Holy Spirit.
He is your Helper, your Teacher: John 14:26, 16:7-11,
In his first letter John gets so bold that he says that you don’t need any other teacher – the Holy Spirit has come to teach you all things (1 John 2:20, 27). This of course does not mean that we should live our lives alone, apart from the body of Christ (we are baptized into one body – 1 Cor. 12:13). But it means that, in one sense (if you would end up in a really lonely place), you have all you need in Him.
When you start to read, PRAY first that God will speak to you. Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
- Always read slowly and attentively.
Jesus says (Rev. 2:7 but in many other passages as well): May the one that has ears hear what the Spirit says. It is not to be taken for granted that we always hear what God says, even if our eyes go through the text.
The Bible is not like a regular book that you read through fast. Read slowly, maybe just a few verses per time. What does God want to say to you? What do you hear Him say?
- If you are new to the Bible…
…start f.ex. in John’s gospel. Then continue with the other gospels, Paul’s letters and the Psalms (you can also mix it all). Don’t start with more difficult books in the OT.
… always keep an eye on the context. Don’t take scriptures out of their context. You would not want anyone to misquote your texts/letters by taking sentences out of their context, would you?
…check, is this the Old or the New Covenant? We live in the New Covenant that is a “better covenant” with “better promises” (Heb. 8:6).
- What should you do with what (the word) you got from God?
Blessings to you all! 🙂