Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the July edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
Our summer is barrling along like an out of control steam engine. So much to do so little time! Hope we get everything done!
But we still found time to come up with more great Bible study tips for you.
...without further ado...
Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering in this issue…
1. Tip of the Month – Supercharge your Bible study time with these great ideas.
2. Starters of the Month – Can’t find anything to study? Look here for “starter” ideas.
3. Study of the Month – We’ve posed a question that we would like you to answer by making a thorough study of the Bible. Feel free to use resources. But the applications need to be your own.
4. What’s New? – We have several projects going (and are we busy!) Find out the "new news" here at Bible-Student-Online.org!
Alright…let’s get to it!
Bible Study Tip of the Month
Marilyn L. Brown
Have you ever used a concordance? You know the situation, Grandma used to say something about the doing everything to the glory of God. Now you want to look up that verse. So you look up the least common word in the concordance and find the reference, and you are on your way.
But does a concordance have more value than just finding references?...
When I learned how to use a concordance for Bible study, a whole new way of study opened up to me. I could study the original meanings without having to know Hebrew or Greek.
So how do you use a concordance for Bible study? Here are three simple steps you can apply to help you use your concordance better…
1. To get started, choose a word that you want to study. (I often choose a character trait that God convicts me about.) Look that word up in the concordance. Read the verses that are given.
Choose a verse that seems to use the word in the way that is related to the meaning that you want to study. Notice that the word has a number in the column to the right. Now you are ready for the next step.
2. Look closely at the number next to the verse. Notice if it is in italics. Now turn to the back of the concordance. Find that exact number. Look at the entry for that word.
You can skip the foreign symbols (letters) and read the English that you understand. The first set of English words tells you the meaning of the original word. The second set of words tells the way the original word has been translated.
That itself tells you a lot about the word. You discover several important things about the word such as the different ways it is related to other words. I normally take lots of notes from this point onward. I write the number, meaning, and the list of words that it was translated to.
3. Now I go back to the front of the concordance and look up the first way it was translated into English. Then I look at the numbers in the right column. I list each verse reference that has the same number you‘re working with.
I repeat this with each of the words the that the original language was translated into. Now I have a list of verses that the original word is found in. These verses can be analyzed to discover more about the word and what it means.
That’s all there is to it. Look how simple it was! You know how to use a concordance now!
Computer programs will save much time and seemingly endless although worthwhile page turning. A Bible study program can look up material in the Bible and concordance instantly. You may want to use a word processing program for copying and pasting rather than endless note taking.
Either way you do this, you will find using a concordance to be extremely rewarding.
That's it for this month. Join Bill next month for more great Bible study tips.
Keep up the good work. And...
Keep the Faith!
Bible Study Starters of the Month
Here are a couple ideas to jump-start your brain for your personal Bible study…
1. Answer the questions..."How does God reveal His character in the book of Revelation? What kind of God is He?"
2. Answer the question..."What kind of principles can you find in the book of Joshua that might help make you more successful in life?"
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
We're going to have you put Marilyn's skills with the concordance to work this month. I asked her what would make a good Bible study project this time to help apply her concordance principles.
She would like you folks to choose one character trait that you feel God wants you to improve on in your life. Use the principles Marilyn outlined in the article above to do a study on that trait. Make sure to record your findings for later use.
And of course...
Contact us through our “Contact Page” and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!
Just wanted to make one note about the ministry before we part company. Some of you have taken some of the Bible study tests on our site. Theoretically, I get those scored that week.
However, I've been extremely ill for the last two monts...almost to the point of being bed-ridden. So I haven't been able to keep up with tests as I'd like to.
Needless to say, I'm a little back-logued right now. So if you haven't received results back from your tests you took a while ago...fear not!
I'm working on those as much as my health (and God) allows. I would appreciate your prayers for my health. Thanks for your patience, all.
And of course...
Please pray for the ministry here as well. Putting our ministry on your prayer list would be such a blessing and a help. Thanks everyone!
That about wraps it up for this month. We hope you enjoyed this e-zine provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.