Foundational Truths to remember as you study:
The word of God is not a Book of mystery that can only be
interpreted or understood by a select few that have attended a theological
school. The first group that taught this was the Roman Catholic Church. In
fact they taught that the people should not even have a Bible to read for
themselves and only their priest could read (bibles were published in
Latin) and teach the people. Anyone that tried to print a Bible in the
people’s language was put to death. If a fisherman could be chosen to hear,
teach and preach the word, anyone can learn. The teacher of teachers (Holy
Spirit) always does an excellent job.
We have put together some guidelines for you to follow and
as long as you stay on this track, you shall understand more and more about
the Book of Books (Bible).
Main steps to follow when studying:
1. Study only from the King
James Version of the Bible –
2. Let scripture interpret
If you want to give an opinion on a matter that scripture is
silent on, let it be known that you are sharing an opinion and not a
Do not add to scripture what is not there and do not take
away from scripture what is there.
3. If you are researching a
doctrine or a question on a matter in God’s word, find ALL of the
references in the Bible that share or hint on the subject. Your final
conclusion should not be in conflict with any one verse in the scripture.
In other words, your conclusion on a doctrine should be in harmony with all
the verses in scripture that address it.
4. Study the meaning of the root
word used in each text as sometimes the English meaning can be quite
different to the original language (the Bible was written in Hebrew (OT),
Aramaic (OT) and Greek (NT).
5. When you have come to a
conclusion on doctrine that is not widely held by the main stream, share
with others that know the word to determine if (BY THE WORD) they can find
issue with your conclusion.
6. Be prepared to accept that
you may have come to an incorrect doctrinal conclusion (FROM THE WORD). No
one is perfect.
Going deeper into Bible Study with R. A. Torrey
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Basic tools for Study:
1. A King James Bible – Software
we highly recommend theWord
2. A Strong’s Concordance –
Software with a concordance we recommend is again theWord.
1. King James Bible for Android - KJV (free)
2. Also try for Android “And Bible” (free)
To you that want to show yourself approved by God (2Tim 2:15), study takes effort and if
you are not motivated, you will not last long in your efforts.
Ask yourself this, Do I Love Jesus with all my heart, mind
and soul? Is He on my mind at every waking moment? Do I want to please him
every minute of the day? Do I keep all of his commandments?
Jesus knows the ones that love him
(John 14:23-24 [KJV])
Jesus answered and said unto him, If
a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we
will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24.
He that loveth
me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not
mine, but the Father's which sent me.
(John 15:10 [KJV])
keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my
Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
What is the word saying? To keep
Jesus’ commandments/words/sayings is to demonstrate your love for him. When
you Love someone (in this case Jesus) you are motivated to know everything
about that person. So your motivation to study and know everything about
your lover (Jesus) will lift your effort further and higher. You will be propelled by
your love for Him to understand everything about Him in His word.
If this love for Jesus is absent,
pray to God and ask him to help you. Desire him with all your mind, body
and soul. Do not despair, it will be well with
you, God always responds to them that truly seek Him.