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The Purpose of Meditation

Why should Christians meditate? Here are some reasons for meditation:

  1. Because God Commands us to.
  2. It guarantees success through God’s power. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1
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How to do a Bible Word Study

Tools for doing a Word Study.

A Study Bible e.g. NASB, NKJV, KJV.
Recent translations e.g. NIV, NLT, Amp., NASB, NKJV, KJV, Living Bible etc.
An English Dictionary
A Bible Dictionary and /or Encyclopedia
An exhaustive translation.
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testament.
Some trusted Commentaries.

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Application – apply the Bible to your life

“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 NKJV

“Bible study is not for information but for transformation”

It is not those who hear (or know) but those who obey (or apply the word) that will be declared righteous. (Romans 2:13; James 1:22)

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Interpretation – What does the Bible Mean?

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15

“God intended to convey some definite truth in each verse of scripture. With every verse of scripture we should ask what was this intended to teach, not what can this be made to teach; and we should not be satisfied until we have settled that. Of course, I admit a verse may have a primary meaning and other more remote meanings. For example, a prophecy may have its primary fulfillment in some personage or event near at hand, e. g., Solomon, and a more remote and complete fulfillment in Christ” – Dr. R. A. Torrey

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Conjuctions

Conjunctions or Connecting Words.

Conjunctions are words used as connectors. They are connecting cords that link other words or groups of words. There are several major types of conjunctions in English. Below is a list of common conjunctions:

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Observation- What does the Bible say in this passage?

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One of the most important skills that we must learn to become proficient Bible students is the skill of observation. Many times, we don’t do a good job observing when we study the word of God because we simply don’t know that we should be observing attentively. Others know that they should observe but they don’t know what they should be looking for. This chapter will provide you with all the information that you need to become proficient in observation so that you can begin to see things that you didn’t see before when you read or studied the Word of God.

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Observation Questions

5Ws and 1H Observation Questions

The 5Ws and 1H stand for Who, What, Where, When, Which, and How. These are questions that you should ask of the text to get answers that help in observing the text. There are many possible observation questions. We have given a non-exhaustive sample of the questions here. Review these questions to know what sort of questions you should be asking. However, you don’t need to ask all of the following questions at one time.

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