Welcome to the “Personal Bible Study” challenge! For the first step in our study of Ephesians 6, we’ll practice one of the fundamentals of Bible study: observation. How? We will read repeatedly! Scroll down for more details.
“That’s not what I said!”
Don’t you hate it when someone misquotes you?
This summer someone tried to convince me that I’d made a promise I had to keep. But I hadn’t exactly said what this person claimed I’d said. And I certainly hadn’t meant what he claimed I’d meant!
It was a light-hearted and good-natured interaction. But I also meant it when I insisted that it was not his right to tell me what I meant by my statement. And he certainly didn’t have the right to misrepresent me!
That was a minor thing. But it can happen in far more serious situations. And it also happens all the time to God Himself.
People often misquote and misrepresent God.
Maybe they don’t mean to, but many people don’t actually know what God has said. People say things like this:
“God helps those who help themselves.”
And then they ask, “That’s in the Bible somewhere, isn’t it?”
Actually, it’s not.
And if it’s not right to misquote another human being, it’s far worse to misquote the God of the universe! We need to truly know what God has said. And we can, because He’s given us His word in written form in the Bible. As a result, it’s simple for us to pore over His Word and to truly know it.
All we have to do is open up that Bible for ourselves!
But many Christian women are intimidated about studying the Bible. Many don’t know where or how to start. And that’s the whole purpose of this Personal Bible Study Challenge.
Throughout the fall, we’re going to learn how to dig into the Scriptures. And this isn’t a theoretical challenge! I want you to actually get out your Bible and open up to Ephesians chapter six. That’s where we’re going to practice everything we learn in this “Personal Bible Study” Challenge.
The first step is simple. You might even say it’s easy. But it’s also super important, because it guarantees that we truly know what God has said. The first step is:
Open your Bible to Ephesians 6:10-20. Read it.
Now read it again. And read it again.
See? It’s totally simple. You may even feel it’s boring. But the more times you read it, the more familiar you get with the contents of the passage. Every time, you notice things you didn’t notice before. You understand little details you didn’t understand the first time.
Don’t underestimate the value of reading a Bible passage over & over again.
Reading repeatedly is the first crucial step to actually knowing what the Bible says. And that is definitely important—because after reading repeatedly, you don’t run the risk of misquoting and misrepresenting God.
After reading repeatedly, you actually know what God has said!
And that’s it for today. Simple and straightforward. Not hard. Not time-consuming.
Even if you’re super busy—which I’m sure you are—you can still implement this first step of the Personal Bible Study Challenge. Just find a tiny slot of time in your day when you can read Ephesians 6:10-20 a couple of times through. If you want to be an overachiever, you can make a few notes about things that stand out to you. Then you can walk away with the confidence that maybe—just maybe—you actually know what Ephesians 6:10-20 says. And that, my friend, is more valuable than you know. 😉
Next time, we’ll take a look at what exactly you should look for when you’re reading through a passage. So keep an eye out for the next post in the Personal Bible Study Challenge.
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Happy studying! 🙂