Reading the Bible is an essential discipline for the Christian. Even more important is to heed the truth of Jesus’ statement at the end of his Sermon on the Mount:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.Matthew 7:24-27
Yet, here is another truth,
…making good sense of the Bible and applying that sense wisely to our lives is a hard thing to do.Ellen Davis and Richard Hayes, The Art of Reading Scripture (Eerdmans, 2003), p. xv.
The Bible can be hard to understand. And even when we do understand, figuring out how and when to apply it can leave us perplexed, stuck without purposeful action. Throughout my years as a Bible teacher, I have found a reliable pathway through the confusion of Bible reading and wise life application. That pathway is a process of three important tasks that we bring to reading the Bible.
Use the subsequent pages on this website to discover that pathway. Use the exercises on each page as opportunities to stop and reflect. Make the most of your discovery by choosing a section from the Bible to practice with. Start with a passage no longer than 10 or so verses.
Are you ready? Let’s go.