Have you ever sat down with your Bible open, ready to read God’s Word and learn what He wants you to learn, only to find that you don’t know where you should start reading? Or, maybe you know where to start reading, but as you read through the scriptures, you don’t really understand what’s going on?
Don’t be discouraged. The Bible isn’t an easy read by any means. If it were, more people would have read it by now. It’s filled with so many complicated words, extremely long passages about people’s lineage, and underlying meanings that can make learning its Truth seem so overwhelming.
That’s where Bible studies come in. Bible studies are written to help people more clearly understand and learn from the Bible. The authors of most Bible studies spend countless hours wading through scriptures and studying related biblical material so they can teach people what’s in the Bible and what it all means, in a more easy-to-understand format.
Bible studies are great because they allow people to get an in depth look at specific parts of the Bible while helping them understand the meaning of scriptures they might not have otherwise understood. A typical Bible study usually consists of a workbook of some kind and maybe even a CD or DVD to encourage active participation. They ask the reader to read some sort of engaging text about a certain part of the Bible and then have them answer some reflective questions about what they learned. Sometimes these questions are sprinkled throughout each chapter of the Bible study and sometimes there’s a series of them at the end of each chapter or section.
Usually, Bible studies are written about a particular part of the Bible. There are studies about the life of Jesus, about the women of the Bible, about the prophets, and many, many other biblical categories. Completing one of these Bible studies allows you to hone in on certain parts of the Bible and learn about them more intimately so you can understand and even tell others.
Most Bible studies are designed to last for a certain length time such as four weeks, eight weeks, or even three months or a year. How long Bible studies last depends on the topic they cover and how detailed the author wants to get with the information they’ve included. The great thing about this, is that no matter what type of Bible studies you prefer, you can find some that suit your reading style and the level to which you want to delve into a biblical subject.
As Christians, we have the job of going into all the world and preaching the gospel. In other words, we are to share God’s love and His willingness to forgive with those who have yet to accept these gifts from Him. The proof that these gifts exist and that people need only ask for them lies all throughout the pages of the Bible. By participating in Bible studies, you allow yourself to become more familiar with God’s Word so you can ultimately go out and share it with others.
And now I’d like to invite you to visit: [http://www.crownsofmanycolors.com] to see an example of an online Bible study called “Crowns of Many Colors” written by Jessica Martinez. Jessica is a Christian author and marketing copywriter with a passion for teaching people just how much God loves them by offering easy to understand, light, conversation style Bible studies that allow her readers to learn biblical truths and apply them to their every day lives in the 21st century. Jessica also started, and administers, the “God’s Chosen Princess” fan page on Facebook.