Unlocking the Power of Bible Reading with 4 Simple Questions

The start of a new year is often a time for reflection and resolution. For many Christians, one resolution is to read the Bible more diligently. While this can be an incredibly rewarding experience, it can also be overwhelming as many are unsure how to engage with Scripture in a meaningful way. Asking four simple questions when reading the Bible can help unlock its power and provide deeper insight into God’s Word.

When coming to the Bible, it is important to remember that its goal is not just knowledge but rather an act of worship and growing love for God. Therefore, understanding what it tells us about God should always be the primary focus. The first question one should ask when reading Scripture is: What does this tell me about God? Through careful study of His character and attributes, as revealed throughout the Bible, we can begin to have a better understanding of who He is and how He relates to us. Additionally, by reflecting on our own stories in relation to His story found in Scripture, we can see how we fit into His greater plan of redemption.

The second question to ask when studying the Bible is: What does this tell me about humanity/myself? By looking at certain passages or books within Scripture, we can gain insight into our own nature and purpose in life as well as how humans interact with each other and with God’s creation. We can use these observations to gain wisdom which will help guide us toward making better decisions both spiritually and practically.

The third question one should ask when reading their Bible is: How does this point me to Jesus? While there are various ways that Christ’s name may appear directly or indirectly throughout Scripture, Jesus’s life and ministry are ultimately pointed towards in every part of the Bible from Genesis all the way through Revelation. When approaching any passage then, consideration should be given not only to what it says but also to what it implies regarding Jesus’ role in salvation history.

Finally, after answering these first three questions while reading Scripture another follow-up question should be asked: How do I respond to what I’ve read today? This could involve setting aside time for prayer or journaling about what has been learned from that particular passage or book within Scripture. While these responses will certainly vary from person-to-person depending on their individual religious background or journey with faith thus far, they are an essential part of engaging with Scripture if growth and transformation are desired outcomes from bible reading time spent alone or together with others in a group setting such as church service or small group study night.

In conclusion, then, taking time away from our daily routines to engage with Biblical truth through asking four simple questions – What does this tell me about God? About humanity/myself? How does it point me to Jesus? And how do I respond today? – can help make our times spent immersed in the Scriptures even more productive than before by uncovering just how much meaning lies beneath each word written across its pages!