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  • Writer's pictureBishop Wilford Raiford

How YOU Should Read Your Bible

First, Read the Bible in this order: The Goal of this order is to build a knowledge of Jesus Christ and See Him and Love Him!

St. Mark All Chapters - you want to see Jesus, Mark saw the miracles Jesus did. See Jesus; Mark focus on Jesus as a wonder worker and Tireless Servant of God and Man. Demonstrating His Divinity and Compassion by His Mighty works of mercy and help, Mark 6:2. See Jesus and Love Him

St. John All chapters - See Jesus, John wrote his book after the other 3 gospels was written and John was called the beloved disciple of Christ. John wrote his gospel to fill the gapes in the other 3 gospels, (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and he focus on the Holy Spirit in Chapters 14, 15, and 16.

Each chapter in this book of John gives a portrait of Christ and some of the special aspects of Christ’s Character and His works: See Jesus and Love Him

1. The Son of God 1:1-14

2. The Son of Man, The Social Christ 2:1-10

3. The Divine Teacher 3:2-21

4. The Soul Winner 4:7-29

5. The Great Physician 5:1-9

6. The Bread of Life 6: 32-58

7. The Water of Life 7:37

8. The Defender of The Weak 8:3_11

9. The Light of The World 9:1-39

10. The Good Shepherd 10:1-16

11. The Prince of Life 11:11-14

12. The King 12:12-15

13. The Servant 13:1-10

14. The Consoler 14:1-3

15. The True Vine 15:1-16

16. The Giver of The Holy Spirit 16:1-15

17. The Great Intercessor17:1-26

18. The Model Sufferer 18:11

19. The Uplifted SAVIOUR 19:16-19

20. The Conqueror of Death 20:1-31

21. The Restorer of The Penitent 21:1-17

St. Luke The portrait of Jesus - The Friend of Sinners and Outcasts. Coming to seek and save the lost, Luke 19:10. See stories of The Samaritan, Luke 10:30-37, The Lost Sheep Luke 15:4-7, The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32; The Pharisee and Publican, Luke 18:10-14; Zacchaeus Luke 19:2-10; The Penitent Thief, Luke 23:39-43 See Jesus and Love Him

St. Matthew Portrait of Jesus - The Kingly Messiah. Called the King 8 Times, The Son of David 9 times, Examples: Matthew. 2:2; where is He that is born king; Matthew 21:5; Behold, thy King comes; Matthew 25:34, Then shall the King say. “fulfilled,” indicating that the Messianic prophecies were fulfilled in Him. Jesus is “The KING OF KINGS” See Jesus and Love Him

2 Timothy 2:14-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

An Unashamed Workman

14 Remind the people of these facts, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good, and [upsets and undermines and] ruins [the faith of] those who listen. 15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 16 But avoid all irreverent babble and godless chatter [with its profane, empty words], for it will lead to further ungodliness,

5 Reason to Study God’s Word

The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. Paul the Apostle says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." Why should we study the Word of God? The following are a few scriptural reasons that we should consider when answering this question.

First, the word of God is Infallible. There is no error in God’s Word. The law of the Lord is perfect concerning our soul. The testimony of the Lord is not only infallible it is incapable of being wrong. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every Word of God is pure. He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His Words, lest He rebuke you, and be found a liar. “The purity of His words does not need anything added to it. God warns us not to misrepresent His scripture.

Second, the Word of God is complete. The Bible does not need any new chapters or verses. It is all given to us already. Many cults add their own books or commentaries to the Bible. All you need is God’s Word because it is the Holy Word of God. It is complete. In Revelation 22:18-19, God gives us a warning, “For I testify to to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take his part from Book of Life, From the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Third, the Word of God is totally authoritative. The book of Psalms 119:89 says “Forever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.” The Word of God is the only source for absolute divine authority. This divine authority is for you and me as servants of Jesus Christ. When some say, “I have a word from the Lord for you, “write it down and as study God’s word see if the Lord speaks to you through His Scriptures. Verify the word with The Word.

Fourth, God’s Word is totally enough for all of our needs. We don’t need anything else. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it reads “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. “We Christians can be totally secure in the Lord by studying the Bible because it is God’s plan for our life.

Fifth, the Word of God will accomplish what it promises. If God told you something will happen, and you wait, it will happen. In Isaiah 55: 11 it says, “So shall My word be that goes out My mouth; It shall not return to Me void But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God makes a promise to you He will fulfill it in His own time. There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. Theses promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial. I challenge you to take time to study the Word of God. The Lord will show you wonderful things that will change your life.

Ultimately The Study in The Word of God is The Study of God Himself

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