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Steve Farrar in his book “Point Man” says that reading the Bible is the equivalent of a soldier eating his rations. The Bible is our spiritual food, and without it we become weak and easy prey for the enemy.
This month’s Briefingmagazine (www.Matthiasmedia.com/Briefing) contains a series of questions to use when reading the Bible. These come from the Cornerstone church in Kingston, south-west London. Their church uses these questions when reading large slabs of the Bible, and they can be used individually as well. They’re great questions and I hope they can be of use to you in your Bible reading. Not all questions will apply to every passage.
- What strikes you? What questions does this passage raise?
- What dangers/ warnings/ sins are there? ()
- What do you learn about God – Father/ Son/ Holy Spirit?
- How is Jesus previewed/ revealed? ()
- How are you corrected and rebuked? ()
- How are you encouraged to endure? ()
- What do you learn about doing works of service and building up the church? ()
- What do you learn about loving God?
- What do you learn about loving your neighbour as yourself?
- How do you feel you need to change to live as a man/ woman of God?
11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,