BABES IN CHRIST

FOR NEW CONVERTS!

I Peter 2:2  "as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby"

Lessons designed to promote the first principles of the oracles of God!

"Written By: David Hicks                                   New King James Version

Lesson 8: "BIBLE STUDY"

PART TWO.

Introduction: It is essential that every Christian realize that in order to live a faithful life (a life full of faith), they must consistently and regularly avail themselves of the vast reservoir of knowledge found in the New Testament (the origin of faith – Romans 10:17). It is the deed to our inheritance in heaven (Acts 20:32); our best insurance against sin (Ephesians 6:13-17; 1 John 2:14); and it is the only way that our heavenly Father will advise and admonish us (2 Timothy 3:16 -17).

Make it your daily friend and companion!!!

 

There can be little doubt concerning the necessity of Bible study; however, it is one of the things that discourage new Christians seemingly more than many others. This is due to the fact that many are not taught how to study! This will be the focus of Part 2 of this study.

 

There is absolutely a need for a system when one begins to develop a consistent regiment of study. The very essence of study is to dig deeper than superficial reading.

If we realize that the Gospel is first and foremost a teaching Gospel, we must recognize the importance of the practical applications given.

 

Example: Paul teaches Christians in Colossi that since they were the elect of God, there were certain attributes they were supposed to achieve – tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, to put on love, and to let the peace of God rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:12-15). These are wonderful attributes! However, to the new Christian, the question comes, “How do I accomplish this?” The Gospel is a teaching Gospel, so the answer must be there --

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

 

Only the consistent, practical, and rightly divided word of God can give the Christian the resources to produce the attributes that God demands.

 

So here are some good points in order to develop a proper regiment for Bibles study.

1.  Rightly Divide the Word.

2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is a book of history as well as revelation. It describes several dispensations in the dealings of God with man. It is important to note in each dispensation, the distinctive worship and attitude towards God that pleased Him or displeased Him (to avoid). Which is applicable to us (see: Hebrews 9:15) and to understand how the early examples are refined in Christ.

It is important that we understand how to use the information in each dispensation properly.

This is achieved by learning who each book is written too, when it was written, and finally why. To accomplish this prior to reading each book of the Bible is to improve your understanding of each book and its application in your service.

2.  Note Examples.

Since the Gospel is a teaching Gospel, much of what we learn is developed by illustration and example. It is very important to note these examples; especially in early Christians under Apostolic approval, and disapproval.

Approved:

Acts 20:7 “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

Disapproved:

Hebrews 10:25 “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

3.  Obedience.

Developing a good regiment of Bible study is irrelevant if we pick and choose what we want to obey or not.

1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

4.  Be Realistic.

You did not begin your secular education and complete it in a day. Neither will you complete your spiritual education in a day, year, and possibly even a lifetime. Those of us who have been working with the word of God for many, many years can openly testify that we continue to learn something new daily (a testament to the Divine source of the word – milk for babes, and meat for the mature – see: Hebrews 5:12-14). If you maintain the proper appreciation that motivated you to obey in the first place, you will only continue to be grateful to God for what He has revealed and seek to know as much as possible!