A. Why study the Bible?
1. Discussion: Why do you want to study Scripture? What does it mean to you personally? Be more specific: What do you hope to get or give from this Bible study?
2. Scripture explains itself:
a. Hebrews 4:12
b. Mark 13:31
c. Romans 10:17
3. The Bible is an interactive book.
a. God hears your heart and your mind over the course of time and always.
b. God speaks to you personally by his Holy Spirit through his Word.
“Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live…” Isaiah 55:3
c. Let’s share some personal examples of times when God spoke directly to us through the vehicle of his Word. What impact did this have on your life?
B. The first step of Bible study each and every time is prayer.
1. We always need to ask God to open his Word to us.
2. What are some things we can ask God to help us with as we pray before reading and studying his Word? Suggested Answers:
a. attention and focus
b. a soft heart to receive
c. a spirit of obedience to do what God reveals.
d. peace and calm
3. God is willing—are we?
C. Next week we will continue with the question, “What is the difference between studying and reading? Why are both necessary?