As Christians, the way we approach the Bible is important. Do we read or study God’s Word flippantly, casually, or merely because we have to? No, of course not.
The way we approach Scripture will affect what we get from Scripture.
In this episode, I offer nine ways we as believers need to approach the Word of God—whether we read or study it.
Learn why you should become a journalist, detective, student, child, fertile soil, cow, teacher, servant, and a Christian in the reading and study of God’s Word.
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9 Ways to Approach the Word of God
- Journalist (ask questions)
- who, what, when, where, why, how
- Detective (investigate the text)
- Student (study)
- Child (believe and come under its authority)
- Fertile Soil (let it be planted deep within you)
- Colossians 3:16 – “Let the Word of God dwell in your richly …”
- Cow (chew on it … meditate on Scripture)
- Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
- Psalm 1:1-3 – Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
- Servant (obey it, do it, apply it)
- Teacher (share and declare the Word)
- Christian (come to the Bible properly and showcase it in and through your life)
Show Notes / Additional Resources
- Learn more about how to study God’s Word
- Download the free PDF with 75+ Bible Observation Questions to help you study the Bible
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About NRJohnson & the Deeper Christian Podcast
NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps other believers understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith—desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Read more about him here.
The Deeper Christian Podcast is the podcast to help you study God’s Word, know Jesus intimately, and discover how you can build your life around Jesus Christ. This weekly audio program, hosted by NRJohnson, dives into Scripture and encourages Christians to keep their focus upon Jesus Christ—equipping believers in how to study the Bible and know God’s Word, grow in their spiritual lives, and change the world. Main discussion topics center around practical advice on Christian living, Bible study, prayer, the Gospel, freedom from sin, evangelism and how to share your faith, the Christian disciplines, and the lives and messages from the Christian heroes from yesteryear such as A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, Major Ian Thomas, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, C.T. Studd, George Müller, Andrew Murray, Leonard Ravenhill, E.M. Bounds, and others. Learn more about the deeper Christian life.