Hey there! Brandy here, one of your study leaders for Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament, written by Lysa TerKeurst and Joel Muddamalle. Our study starts just days from now, on January 10. Perhaps, like me, you feel nervous or even intimidated before studying the Old Testament. Laws, prophecies, kings and the history of God’s people sometimes feel harder to study than the stories about Jesus in the New Testament. Right?
Well, that’s why I’m sharing four Bible study tips with you. They’ll help you lean into the tougher-to-tackle parts of Scripture. Let’s check them out!
- Begin your study time in prayer. Praying before jumping into your daily reading helps you better grasp what God wants to reveal to you through His Word. Just as God opened the minds of His first disciples so they could understand the Scriptures, (Luke 24:45) He can do the same for you!
- Explore the promptings you sense when you’re reading. Pausing to reflect, pray and journal will lead you to the personal messages and lessons God has just for you! What you’re curious about or have questions about is a great place to start.
- Review the notes and graphics sprinkled throughout the study book. At times, Lysa and Joel share context for the scriptures or concepts — definitions, correlations between scriptures, cultural meanings or summaries. This information will help you better understand what you’re reading.
- Extend grace to yourself. It’s OK if it takes you longer to process a particular part and/or you get behind a bit. Just keep working through the questions at a pace that works for you. It’s your Bible study.
Praying you use these tips all study long to draw closer to God!
Of the four tips mentioned, which are you most excited to try during this study, and why?
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