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How to Study the Bible – Part 1

Background Scripture:

Acts 8:27-31
27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him


Podcast Sections:

0:00     Introduction. What is the Bible?
2:20     Discussion about taking the right approach to study
6:22     The Bible was not written to you, but it is for you
6:40     Three narrative levels in the Bible
12:28   Why the OT is important to Christians
15:05   We mistakenly want to read the Bible through Western eyes
17:57   How we fit into the story of the Bible
22:20   How the gospel fits this big narrative
26:06   Who is God? A Father with children
27:35   Reading the Bible vs studying the Bible

Question 01

Have you ever tried reading through the entire Bible? How did that work for you? What made it hard and what could make it easier?

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Question 02

At 3:08 into the video, Sam says the Bible is the autobiography of God. Does looking at the Bible through this lens change the way we understand what we read?

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Question 03

Chris and Sam say Christians need to include the Old Testament in their Bible study (starting at 12:28 on the video). Have you included the Old Testament in your reading and study? How is it different than reading and studying the New Testament?

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Question 04

At 27:35, Chris and Sam discuss the difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible. Based on this conversation, how much Bible study have you done in the last year? How can you increase your time in Bible study?

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Question 05

What did you take away from the program? What questions are you hoping will be answered in the coming segments?

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