Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Intro to A Study of Wisdom (Proverbs)

This introduction covers some of the basics of what a Bible Study is and why it is a good thing to do. It will cover the first couple of days of this blog and then we will get into the study of the Book of Proverbs, itself.

What is true Wisdom?

1. Acknowledging that there is a God and learning to know Him and His ways
2. Following His path for your life

I. How do you “know” God?

God has written us several love letters in the Bible. He has shown us ALL of His attributes throughout it’s pages. The only way to learn about Him is to read or listen to His words from the letter that He had written to us. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God..." This verse is speaking of Jesus Christ, but it also gives us a picture how important the Word of God is.

When I say read or listen, I mean to His own words, not to someone else’s words ABOUT what they think He said. It is important to get a well-known, trusted version of the Bible, like the New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV), King James Version (KJV), etc. either in book form or on whatever kind of Audio media (tape, CD, etc.)

that you prefer. Just be careful to get a version that is a DIRECT TRANSLATION and not a paraphrase or some of the audio versions where the “story” is acted out by people instead of using the direct words of God..

Reading is generally the best way to go because you can stop to process and think about what you’ve just read, and often God will add some thought in His “still, small voice” that has happened in your life or someone else’s life that you know, that will help you understand more of what He is talking about. If you are listening, then it would be important to stop the media and think through the idea, then rewind a minute or so and go from there, so that you don’t miss something the Lord wants to tell you.

THIS is true Bible Study, and it is a good thing to take the time to do, but AT LEAST, getting the Word into your brain by listening during a drive, etc. is important if you don’t have the chance to stop for 10 or 20 minutes a day to really get into it.

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