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God’s Plan for Life Revealed through Scripture

     One important way to grow spiritually is daily Bible reading. God is revealed through the reading and studying of the Scriptures“You search the Scriptures…and it is they that bear witness to Me”—John 5:39 (RSV). God inspired the holy men and women of the Bible to communicate His plan of redemption and salvation for people everywhere, at any time throughout history. (Interestingly, the Christian worldview can be presented by a simple three-point grid of truth: 1—Creation; 2—the fall of mankind, and; 3—God's plan of redemption for mankind. The Bible uses three pages to describe the creation of the universe and everything in it, and the fall of mankind to sin, in Genesis chapters 1-3. Then the Bible spends the remaining 1100-plus pages describing God's wonderful plan how we're to be saved, getting us back to a personal, intimate relationship with Him.) Overall, the Bible serves as a guide how to live a life pleasing to God, how to obtain a personal relationship with Him, and answers many of the questions we have about God and life in general.

 

God’s Covenant with Man

      The Bible is a collection of sacred writings, written by a wide variety of authors over a period of about one thousand years or more. It covers many different subjects, such as Law, History, Poetry, Wisdom, Prophecy, Drama, and more. The Old Testament is about the old agreement God had with His chosen people, the Israelites, the descendants of Abraham. They went through many struggles in an effort to form a nation, and then the prophet Isaiah spoke of a Messiah to come—For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end—Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV). The New Testament, then, is about God's new agreement with His people. He knew that people couldn't overcome their sinful lives enabling them to get to Heaven on their works alone, but He sent His Son to bear our sins for us. That was the message of the New Testament, and the reason for Jesus' coming to earth, that salvation is open to all who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior—“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life“—John 3:16 (KJV).

 

Devote Time Each Day for Study

       It is important when studying the Bible to devote time each and every day, perhaps just 15 to 20 minutes to start. Pick a quiet place to read where you won't have any interruptions, if possible. Where to begin reading in the Bible varies among scholars and clergy; some say begin at the beginning, with Genesis when God created the heavens and the earth, others say begin in the New Testament, with the life of Jesus in the Book of Matthew. Wherever you decide to begin, read with an open mind, ponder the Bible's meaning, and take time to study what the Bible is saying and how it relates to your life. You can read each book through for the basic facts and theme, and then reread it for deeper insight and meaning. Try and determine what God is saying to you in this day and age. It may be beneficial for you to do this with a partner, family or friends, to bounce ideas back and forth, getting input from others, which may help to develop a special feeling of Christian fellowship.

       If you are planning on studying the Bible each day, you may want to implement a "Read the Bible in a Year" plan. There are several options out there. We have included our own "Bible in a Year" plan on this website, if you would like to use it.

 

Use Additional Resources to Enrich Your Study

       It may help to have additional resources with you, such as a Bible atlas showing where all the stories of the Bible took place and how it may have a bearing on today's geopolitical events. A concordance is handy which lists all the important Biblical words, relating doctrines and ideas to other passages in the Bible. Also, there are many commentaries on the market written by Biblical scholars, which explain the Biblical events and the Scriptures from differing viewpoints. You may want to keep a Bible Study Journal, keeping notes, inspirations, questions, and answers that you have encountered during your studies.