The LORD upholds all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145: 14

Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 26:1

Bible Study

Start reading the Bible today and get to know our Heavenly Father. There is no better time than today, why wait for tomorrow? He wants you to know Him for He is the God of Love. Establish a relationship with Him through Christ. His love for you is unconditional. He should be a priority in your life; do not delay knowing Him.

God is our Almighty Lord, yet He wants us to approach Him with joy. God says: "Fear not : for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west. I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 43: 5-6)

The Bible is the Book of Books, the Book of Knowledge that will lead us to know about the Living God, His mercy and love for us. It will lead us to establish or increase a direct relationship with Him and will help us to learn His principles and how to grow in the path of His grace. By reading the Bible, we discover how God blesses those who seek and obey Him.

As we read the Bible, we learn directly from God what He expects of us and how our willingness to obey His commandments will help us know His plan and the road He has mapped for us, in order for us to gain salvation.

You are important to the Lord. You may feel unworthy of God's attention, but the truth is, you are a unique creation beloved by the Creator. God created every one of us in His image (Genesis 1:26). Since we are created as He desired in His image, we have the emotional and spiritual ability to develop a true relationship with Him.

Reading the Bible will help build our relationship with the Lord.

Before beginning Bible study, a prayer should be made asking God for guidance and understanding of His Word. Also, end your reading session with a prayer.

There is no one correct method for studying the Bible and each aspect of the Bible is important. We should read the Bible with an open mind, with our heart and faith dedicated to God. We should not lean on our own understanding but instead trust God (Proverbs 3:5).

Sometimes when we read the Bible, we encounter passages that are hard to understand or may even appear to contradict each other. The Bible tells a complex series of events that includes a rich amount of information and a history that sweeps through eons. We need to trust that as we read God will help us to grow in our understanding of His Word, all you need to do is ask for his spirit to be with you as you read.

You can try one of the following methods for studying the Bible:

1. Read both Old and New Testament alternately.
A. Read both the Old Testament and the New Testament alternately from beginning to end. To start, read for one hour from the beginning of Genesis, then read for an hour from the New Testament starting with Matthew. Your goal is to read the Bible at an easy pace that is comfortable for you. If two hours total is too much time per reading session, reduce the time.
B. Choose two book markers and place them where you left off in the Old and the New Testament.
C. The goal is to read with understanding; rather than to complete an assigned number of passages per reading session.

2. Read the Bible by topic or event.
A. Refer to the list of suggested topics and events. Explore them systematically by reading the Bible passages cited.
B. This method helps you gain familiarity with major themes, events, and personages of the Bible.
C. The method helps you to connect with the Bible story by relating topics to your daily life and spiritual journey.

3. If you are a new student of the Bible, you should consider reading the passages that are some of the most cherished and familiar traditionally. See the list of these passages from the Old and New Testament and read them from beginning to end.
A. This method allows you to reacquaint yourself with passages that you probably studied or heard about when you were growing up.
B. It helps connect you with the basics of the Bible and Christian tradition as a basis for further Bible study.

4. Read the Bible from the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of the New Testament.
A. Choose a specific number of passages that you will complete during each reading session.
B. This method allows you to experience the Bible story as it unfolds through time.
C. This method also helps you to apply discipline to your reading experience.

Whatever method you choose, it is a good idea to use bookmarks to locate where you are in your Bible studies. You should also keep a journal of your studies. This can include notes on passages you wish to study further, or questions you find yourself asking. Then cross reference your questions through the available Concordia. You can keep a chart of your reading progress at the beginning of your journal.

Another choice is studying the Bible as a group. Arrange a time and place that will be comfortable for everyone. People in the group can have different levels of experience with Bible study. Bible study participants just need to be willing to read the selected passages thoughtfully before the meeting and to devote a certain amount of time, as agreed upon.
You can form a group with relatives and friends. The group can have women and men, all ages (including children), or it can have just men or women. The group can choose a leader, or group members can alternate who opens the meetings or leads a discussion.
The group also can organize other activities that will enhance members' spirituality. For example, the group could arrange a visit with the elderly, sick or poor. Any group act that will help give to people in need will enable you to put your faith into action.

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