The Bible is Scripture, and all Scripture is inspired by God. And it is important that you read it, understand it, and be able to benefit from that understanding.
“…men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2nd Peter 1:21
It gets all the way to your core.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
And understanding what it says and applying what it says to your life and circumstances is going to:
- Help you to grow closer to God.
- And impact your life in a positive way.
When it comes to Bibles, there are three basic kinds:
- Formal equivalence: those that have been translated as closely as possible word for word from the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts into English.
- Dynamic equivalence: those that have been translated as closely as possible idea for idea from the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts into English.
- Paraphrased: these are enhanced, and in some cases provide additional explanation that can help us to better understand passages that are difficult to interpret.
While I tend to use a formal equivalence style Bible in my study and teaching or the Word, a good understanding of any Scriptural passage will benefit from reading and comparing multiple versions. A little bit of surfing on the internet using these terms will show you which Bible’s fall into these categories.
Reading the Bible for maximum impact:
When it comes to reading and studying the Bible, you should read it every day. I like to pray first, then read at least one chapter a day reading through individual books in the Bible – like John chapter one, then chapter two the next day, and so on. And then when I have finished John, move on to another book like James, or Colossians, or 1st Timothy, or whatever book I feel like reading.
I also like to read parts of Psalms and Proverbs in addition to this every day. I find the best way to do this is to read five Psalms, and then one chapter in Proverbs, along with the one chapter I’ve already read – this can be intense, but you will grow spiritually because of it. Another way to do this would be to include one Psalm a day for five days, then read one chapter in Proverbs – less intense this way.
I am going to be sharing some Bible reading plans soon, so stay tuned…
And, remember, since people who were moved by the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible, then as you read and study it, you come closer to the One who moved people to write it.
Here is a list of the passages I have used in my teaching, along with a link to those pages, with the videos and full Biblical text.
Knowing Who Jesus IsMatthew 1:1-16
Finding Happiness With GodMatthew 1:2-17
Real Faith In ActionMatthew 1:18-25
What About Church?Acts 2:42-47