The Bible is unlike any other book.
God has chosen to communicate with mankind through His Word. As God’s own speaking, the Bible reveals to us who God is and shows us what is in His heart. If we want to know God, His plan for mankind, and His purpose for us as believers, we must read His Word and understand it.
But the Bible isn’t always easy to understand, and we may not know how to study it.
Studying the Bible with the Recovery Version
One good way to study the Bible is by its important topics, so Bibles for America provides some Bible study outlines for you as a start. Each study takes you through a particular topic using the Recovery Version and its invaluable study notes, outlines, cross-references, and other features. The notes, in particular, unlock the meaning of the verses and provide a deeper understanding of each topic.
How to use the Bible study outlines
- Each outline has several sections with a number of verses and footnotes. For some verses, the connection to the topic may be readily apparent, while other verses may need careful consideration and prayer.
- A topic may require more than one sitting to complete; you can go at your own pace, studying one section or even one point at a time.
- The studies can be used for personal, small group, or larger group study.
- The verses and notes in the outline are linked to the online New Testament Recovery Version provided by the publisher, and you can conveniently read them there.
- If you download the Bible studies and print them out, you’ll need a paper copy of the New Testament Recovery Version; you can get a free copy from Bibles for America here.
Nourished for growth
It makes a great difference to pray before and after your study. You may even want to pray periodically as you go through the study, especially as the Lord speaks to you from His Word. The goal shouldn’t be to gain knowledge alone but to solidly grasp the important points of the truth and to be nourished by prayerful contact with the Word.
The apostle Paul exhorts us in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” By devoting time to study the Word with prayer, we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. This allows Christ to minister Himself to us through His Word. The riches of Christ become nourishment for our growth in His life, which is the most profitable outcome of studying God’s Word.
Our hope and prayer is that these Bible studies will be used by the Lord to reveal more of Himself to you in His Word.