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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Beginners How To Start Studying The Bible

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How Can I Understand The Bible For All Its Worth?
how can i know what the preacher is teaching is what the bible really say what he says?


Very few Christians know how to even approach how  to read the Bible with real deep understanding. They may know what it says, but they may not know why its said it. They know John 3:16 but don't really know what it means?

"For God so loved the world" How does God love the world? "That He gave is only begotton Son?" What does that mean?    "For whosoever believes" Who are the whosoever?  What does it mean to "believe in Him."  "Should not perish"  Perish from what? "But have eternal life?" Eternal Life!

First qualification to understand the bible as it is meant to be understood is one needs to be a person who has become a believer in Jesus Christ by the means of salvation.
second: how to approach this matter of understanding the bible?

Second: Read it. Just read it. Start with the New Testament.  Mark and then John and then Matthew and Luke. Why?  “Martin Luther said that the Bible is the ‘cradle of Christ.’ All biblical history and prophecy ultimately point to Jesus. The book of Mark is quick and fast-paced, while John focuses on the things Jesus claimed about himself. Mark tells about what Jesus did, while John tells about what Jesus said. In John are some of the simplest and clearest passages, such as John 3:16, but also some of the deepest and most profound passages. It appeals to students and is worthy of study.”  Then read the rest of the N.T. Then you are ready for the O.T. 

Third, I think you need to understand that the Bible is "the word of God" written in human language by human men. That is amazing in the first place. The bible is not just men writting a book but was directed by God by His Sprit to write the books.  While they wrote in their language and style and form, they were directed and lived in a manner that God directed them to do, their lives was in direct direction of God.

Fourth: You need to keep in mind that the Bible is not just about literature book. There is no other book like the Bible that gives the direct blessings of God upon it.  Any other book you can read and lay down and never give it much thought. 

  • The Bible is not a book that you can read and put down and out of mind.
  • The Bible is not to be read to be entertained by the stories.
  • The Bible is not written to give you a history lesson on the nation of Israel and the Jews but is historically correct. 
  • The Bible is not written to made you feel better after you read the Psalms but reading the Psalms will give you comfort.. 
  • The Bible is not written so you can have knowledge.
  • The Bible is not written primary to answer all the questions about all things.
  • The Bible is not a science book but is a scientifically  correct.
  • The Bible is a book that gives us the message of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible can not be read as a myth or as a fictitious story.
  • The Bible is a book that gives us the message of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible is not to be read for merely information, but for salvation:  i.e. deliverances from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.  Synonyms: redemption, deliverance, reclamation.
  1. Definition of Science: (1) the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. (2) a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: (3 )knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study. 

Fifth: When you pick up the book, the Bible:(Today we have other avenue in which we can read the Bible: like on our smart phones, the computer, the Verizon Tablet, the Kindle Fire, or even on a tape recorder

  • First you need to realize it's an amazing book.
  • Second, its a book that God of the universe and creation of all mankind has given to us.
  • Third, its God's account  or story or narrative, that is not fictitious but true  about mankind, and mankind's relationship with Himself.
  • Fourth, The Bible is the means whereby we find the truth about life presently and the future.
  • Fifth, The Bible is about redemption, salvation, Jesus Christ, Heaven and Hell.
  • Sixth, The Bible is to be believed, what you read is to be believed  as truth.


Charles e Whisnant