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I find it incredibly difficult to study the Bible without underlining, circling, highlighting, drawing arrows, and writing notes. However, once a passage is all marked up, it’s hard to make any additional notes or highlights. Furthermore, if I am highlighting and emphasizing one particular theme in a book of the Bible, it makes it hard to come back later and emphasize a different theme of that book. So here is a little Bible study “hack” that you might find useful:

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There are many good Bible study, and Bible reading, practices that you could implement to improve your study of the Bible. However, there is one simple thing I have found that makes a huge difference in a person’s overall understanding of Scripture. Unfortunately, it is also a practice very few seem to have considered.

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Whether you’re teaching teenagers, adults, women, or men, I know you want your Bible class to be as effective as it can possibly be. I know you want people to see the relevance of Scripture. I know you want people to learn and to grow. But sometimes, let’s face it, it’s hard to know how to do that. It’s hard to know how to teach an effective Bible class. So I want to share with you a few things I’ve found helpful when teaching Bible classes. I hope you find these helpful as well.

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In this episode of the CrossTalk podcast, Wes, Sam, and James discuss the question, “What made the Bereans so noble?” In Acts 17:11, we read, “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” We have often focused all of our attention on the Bereans’ examining of the Scripture and have applied this passage in such a way that we often applaud those who are skeptical and close-minded toward teachers. However, in context, it seems there is much more to the Bereans’ nobility than just their examining of the Scriptures.

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Welcome to Radically Christian Q&A, the two-minute show where we answer your tough Bible questions with honest Bible answers. This show is brought to you by and Baker Heights church of Christ. Our question today from one of our listeners is, “Where should I begin to study the Bible?”

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How is it that so many people can study the same Bible and all come to different conclusions? How can one person think the Bible “basically says this” and another person thinks it “basically says that”? I think many of us – including myself all too often – miss the point when we study the Bible. Here are three tips to help us stop missing the point when we study the Bible.

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Can I be totally honest with you? There have been times in my adult life when I have found reading the Bible…boring. At times I’ve watched Netflix or scrolled mindlessly through social media because I found these things more enjoyable than Bible study. I probably would have never admitted out loud that I was bored with the Bible, but my actions spoke louder than my words. This is something about which I’m incredibly ashamed, because the problem was not with the Bible, it was with me.

Here is one thing I’ve discovered about why people are bored with the Bible and how to fix the problem.

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One of the greatest problems we have in the church is an epidemic of apathy. Christians have a greater passion for professional sports, reality television shows, politics, and the release of newest iPhone than they do for God. What a shame! So how do we stem this lukewarm tide? How do we light a fire in the hearts of Christians? I believe this Bible class material may be a great first step in doing just that.

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I think one of the biggest problems we have today, and I am as guilty of it as anyone, is that we study our Bible wrong. We approach the Bible with the wrong questions, therefore we leave with the wrong answers.

The Right Bible Study Questions:

If we are going to get more out of our Bible study we must ask better questions. Here are some of the questions we need to be asking ourselves when we open His book.

1. Ask, “What am I doing wrong?” Unfortunately, most of us look to the Bible for comfort, and not correction. It isn’t easy looking for sin in our lives, but that is one of the major purposes of studying God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Instead of looking for proof that we are right, let’s start looking to see if we are wrong. Instead of looking at Scripture and finding everyone else’s sins, let’s start looking for our own.

2. Ask, “What am I not doing that I need to be doing?” Sin isn’t just about doing things that are wrong; it is also about not doing things that are right (James 4:17). We will never improve our service to God unless we look to God’s word to find out how we should improve. We are great at finding passages that prove what other people ought to be doing. Instead, let’s start finding the passages that tell us what we ought to be doing.

3. Ask, “What is wrong with what I believe?” Sometimes I think I’m a whole lot like Saul of Tarsus; I need to be hit upside the head, before I will change the way I think. Don’t be that way. Always be seeking a better understanding of God and His will. Never assume that you have it all figured out. Stop looking to Scripture to prove that what you already believe is right; look to find out how you might be wrong.

Remember, the only way to get better answers is to ask better questions.

I love you and the God of the Bible loves you,

Wes McAdams