Guide To The Bible
A guide to the Bible is useful when a person is new to learning about the word. That person is able to get an introduction to the Bible easily if willing to look for resources. The great thing about learning more is that it will help a person make decisions about what is desired from the word. A guide to the Bible will label different areas and help see what kind of topics a person wants to learn from. When first learning to read this sort of literature, a person has the option of reading through the Bible in a year. This may be the choice that some people make but don't be hasty as it is a lot of commitment. Reading through the entire work in one year is fun and it gives someone a lot of knowledge of the Bible but they also may find that getting stuck in books such as Leviticus or Judges is common. Sometimes it's better to start reading in areas where it can help relate to personal life. This is when a person wants to get guides that will show new things about personal situations.
For instance, assistance may give a person a topic of prayer. When getting an introduction to the Bible in the area of prayer, a person will want to read all of the verses that deal with prayer. A good guide to the Bible may offer options such as God answering prayers. This may show instances where the Lord answered prayers and stories such as Abraham and Sarah who wanted children. Their lives didn't turn out exactly as they planned, but the Lord still gave them generations of children. This didn't seem normal that the Lord would answer prayers this way but He still did. In fact, the Lord blessed them more. Certain bible guides may also show places where Paul talks about prayer. Sometimes a person may simply need to pay attention to what the Bible is trying to teach them in a current situation. The Lord will show anyone what he wants him or her to know. Researching where to find a specific instruction after a specific interest is found can be done in a variety of ways. Of course a person could search on the Internet, but possibly a better way would be to ask around in similar interest groups what has worked for certain people. Knowing specific information about certain guides will help in making the perfect decision.
First, in researching this subject for another human being, remember the importance of praying about it. The Lord can give a person direction so that they will not need to question what is being done. The Lord will do what he wants in the life of his children. He will simply guide each person in the way that he wants to use him or her in the situation. Never underestimate who the Lord is and what he is doing in lives. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." (Ephesians 6:18)
If someone wants literature for someone who is really young, then the focus will be different then for someone who is older. Someone who is young could get a simple guide to the Bible. This could give that person sections where they can look to find out information about things related to personal circumstances. Then he or she will be able to make decisions about what to do in life using the introduction to the Bible. Sharing information is a great way to show a young person who is a new Christian how to read this literature. That child will be able to relate to their own life and the Lord will use this education greatly for him or her. Since these types of guides are easily read, very few people will have to worry about what kind of point is being made.
It's instruction for an adult that it gets a little trickier. A person will want to get an introduction to the Bible that the adult will like. But when looking, remember that half the battle is already won if they are even interested in getting one. Adults are the hardest people to get interested if they have never dealt with the subject before. What makes the experience so great is when a person is willing to look at one. Remember this when someone is looking for the best instruction for them. Get to know the person that a person are searching for so that the desire to know God will be known will appeal to them best. If they are extremely intelligent, then it may be wise to find something that focuses more in depth for each individual. Either way, look for something that will reach out to them in a great way.
Bible aids are a great tool for individuals, teachers, pastors and anyone interested in a more in depth study of God's Word through commentaries, historical facts and related life stories. Anyone studying the Word, a churchgoer or lost individual, can take advantage of one or more of the many free lessons and commentaries available on the web. Bible downloads are available from many sites and software companies to give the individual easy access to the Bible while working on the computer. Technological innovations and tools make Christianity much more accessible to those who are deeply rooted in the faith or those individuals that may be searching for the meaning of life through the God's Word.
Study guides and tools offer the opportunity to have the scriptures at one's finger tips. Many churches project the words of scripture on screens or walls as the preacher is reading from certain verses. These come from downloadable programs which are quite handy for churches. Bible downloads can also assist the preacher or leader in finding text or scriptures in a matter of seconds. Concordances in the back of the book or in separate volumes will often take time to sort through to find the information or words that are being searched for. With these downloadable Bible aids, there are often searches available that can locate anything that anyone may be searching for.
It is especially important for a teacher instructing young individuals to be prepared to entertain children. A type of tool that is very interesting is software that provides interactive maps of places in the Bible. Interactive maps can be found in many places online and with computer software in stores. These maps often outline the places that Jesus walked or other important journeys in God's Word. Many of these interactive programs allow the viewer to see both maps and actual photos of the places that are in these areas today. Sometimes children view the scriptures as stories about a fictional or mythological time and place. Seeing the area where many of these stories took place may be helpful for children to understand just how real the Word of God truly is. This can be a very helpful tool for teachers, especially when trying to entertain and educate a classroom of younger children who are trying to learn and grow in Christ. Much like church leaders, teachers also need to be able to search for information in a matter of seconds. Bible downloads will be helpful in answering questions from the children or adults in the class.
All Christians, especially those desiring a closer walk with God should be excited about the technology that is available to provide information on God's Word. There are a variety of programs that will help Christians seek information on various subjects that may be important to them. As a Christian, one of the most important things to do is be a witness to other individuals. Using Bible downloads can help an individual strengthen his or her Christian knowledge, especially with those verses or passages that help individuals identify their sin and ask for forgiveness. Non-Christians can also find Bible aids to be of assistance. Anyone that carries some belief or someone who may be struggling with salvation can use these tools to find information on life, salvation, and death. Some individuals do not feel comfortable in church settings and prefer to learn on their own. These tools can make a way for anyone who wants to know more about God, salvation, creation, and many other events, people, and ideas.
Study tools, especially technological one, provide opportunities to learn and strengthen knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. Anyone with a desire to read God's Word, understand God, or seek a personal relationship with Jesus can utilize Bible aids or other tools to help increase the knowledge and understanding of Christianity. "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." (Psalms 25:4-5)
Understanding The BibleUnderstanding the Bible requires a good teacher, whether it's in the form of a book that you can use as a guide, or a real live teacher taking you through each book and explaining the background behind the stories. Some of the stories need no real interpretation. Any Bible introduction will point out the stories we connect with holidays, i.e., Christmas and Easter first, to get you used to the style and language. After that, some of it gets hard to understand, so a guide is needed. If you haven't read the Bible since the stories you heard as a child, you may be surprised to learn those stories have new meaning to you now that you're grown up. By understanding the Bible, you will find it is rich in religious meaning, of course, but it is also a wonderful example of different writing styles. The poetry of the Psalms will take you through feelings of joy, sadness, hope, and appreciation for God's goodness. The rich history of the Jewish people is the story of all of us--our goodness and our failings. The Gospels tell us about the New Covenant through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and they do so in compelling stories. Reading the scriptures can open some interesting new doors.
Bible introduction and instruction can be obtained online from several web sites by printing out lessons, then providing questions that will take you back over the material and enhance your understanding of the scriptures through what you've read. There are quizzes you can take that will test what you already know about the Bible, and give you an idea of what you need to learn yet. If you are fairly familiar with the Scriptures, but want to go farther into understanding the Bible, that may be a good way to begin. There are sites and books that will help the student, no matter what level he or she has currently reached. There are book sites that have only religious material, so that finding just the book you need can be found. A Bible introduction by denomination can also be found online or in the Christian Book Stores. Since there are somewhat different versions used by different denominations, it is a good idea to get the version best suited for your own church.
There are many versions of the Bible available in religious bookstores everywhere. The earliest translation into English was the King James Version in 1611. It is the same kind of English as used by William Shakespeare. Several other, easier to read versions, have been written in the last century, including one very easy-to-read version called the "Living Bible." A good Bible will include a reference section in the back with maps, and a special index called a "concordance." If you are searching for something you have read, but can't remember where, the concordance will be a big help. For those who cannot read well, or don't have time to sit down and read, there are taped versions of the Bible available in most places where printed versions are sold. With tapes, you can listen while you're doing something else (like taking a walk, ironing clothes).
The Bible is made up of sixty-six books. Quite a sizeable library, and most Bible introductions will not begin with the first book and go right through to the last. Some books are easier to read and understand than others, and so when trying to understand the Bible, it is better to begin with the easier-to-understand books. Not surprisingly, that usually means starting with the Gospels. Mark and Luke are good places to start in your Bible introduction so you will not become discouraged on your journey toward understanding the scriptures.
College courses can be found, either on campus or online, for the person who wants to be a serious student of the Bible. A college course will include materials that will allow for understanding the Bible at a much deeper level than the average study group wants to go, and a much greater time commitment as well. This kind of Bible study alone will not earn you a degree, but will give you the knowledge on that one subject that will match a degreed person--which could be very gratifying. For most Bible students, something less than college level classes is required. People just want to have a healthy understanding of the Scriptures so they can better understand the sermons on Sunday, and the Sunday School lessons.
There are long courses offered by several groups that limit their group size so as to keep the class length under control, and use several books that span a period of two to three years. The discussions and homework involved in these courses will get attendees to a point near to the college class level by the time they are finished. Group study is very instrumental in the growth of faith in their members. There is no doubt that constant exposure to scriptures leads to more deeply understanding Christianity.