Why You May be Studying the Bible Wrong

Wes  —  March 28, 2012
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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