God has chosen to communicate with mankind through the Bible. 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 Him, 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 begin to study it.
Studying the Bible with the Recovery Version
One good way to study the Bible is by its important topics, so BfA is providing these Bible study outlines for you as a start. Each study will take you through a particular topic. These studies are designed to be used with the Recovery Version and its invaluable study notes, outlines, cross-references, and other features. The New Testament Recovery Version notes, in particular, greatly help to open up the meaning of the verses and provide a deeper understanding of each topic.
How to use the studies
Each study outline has several sections with a number of verses and footnotes. It may be readily apparent why certain verses are included, while some may need careful consideration and prayer to fully see their connection to the topic.
A study may require more than one sitting to complete. You can study one section at a time, or even one point at a time. Go at your own pace.
The studies can be used for either personal, small group, or larger group study.
You can use the Bible studies here online. The verses and notes are linked to the online Recovery Version of the Bible provided by the publisher, making it convenient to read.
You can also use the Bible studies by downloading and printing them out. In that case, you’ll need a physical copy of the New Testament Recovery Version; you can obtain a free copy from BfA here.
Nourished for growth
It would be good to pray before and after your study. You may want to stop periodically to pray as you go through the study. The goal shouldn’t be to gain knowledge alone. To solidly grasp the important points of the truth and be nourished by the Word through living contact with the Lord is the goal.
Colossians 3:16 says, “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 in so many aspects through His Word. The riches of Christ become our nourishment for our growth in the life of Christ. This is the real aim of studying God’s Word.
We hope and pray the Lord would use these Bible studies to reveal more of Himself to you in His Word.