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How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It

How can you effectively study the Bible? This is a great series for anyone wishing to gain more insight into personal Bible study.

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6/13/1996
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Getting Prepared, Getting Excited
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God speaks to us through His Word—giving us encouragement, guidance, and sometimes rebuke, but always in love. We struggle with parts of it, but consistent exposure to the Bible along with a consistent desire to obey it will do more for your Christian walk than anything else. In this message, Skip Heitzig explains that the Bible is not just for an elite group of scholars—it's for everyone.
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6/20/1996
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Having the Right Tools
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Any person performing a job needs to have the right tools, whether an artist, builder, or surgeon. It's no different when you study the Bible, but it can be overwhelming trying to find the right tools. In this message, Skip Heitzig shares how you can find the right Bible for you and gives you insight on resources like Bible concordances, dictionaries, and commentaries.
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7/18/1996
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Taking the Right Approach
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How should you study the Bible? Some might study it mystically, looking for hidden meanings, or academically, like it's just another piece of literature. But the Bible is unlike any other book, so we should approach it differently. In this message, Skip Heitzig explains how to study God's Word so you can extract the richness of the text and apply it to your life.
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8/15/1996
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Open Your Eyes: Observation
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The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with millions of Bibles sold every year. But that doesn't mean there is a corresponding growth in Bible knowledge. You can own a Bible but fail to observe and absorb what's in it, so it becomes part of you. In this message, Skip Heitzig shares a few ways you can observe the Bible in order to enhance your reading and enjoyment of God's Word.
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8/29/1996
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Open Your Mind: Interpretation
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When it comes to interpreting the Bible, many people have a relative approach: they have their interpretation, and you have yours. But it's important to have the right interpretation, because from the Bible, you make decisions on how to live your life. In this message, Skip Heitzig gives you some helpful rules and methods you can follow to correctly and accurately interpret the Bible.
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9/12/1996
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Open Your Senses: How to Study Figurative Language - Part 1
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The Bible isn't a volume of systematic theology; it's full of stories, poetry, and vivid language that appeals to our senses. God wants to capture our attention through His Word, so His truths will saturate our minds and fill our hearts. In this message, Skip Heitzig shares some helpful tips on interpreting the figurative language found in the Bible.
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10/17/1996
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Open Your Senses: How to Study Figurative Language - Part 2
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We often use figures of speech to express something in a way that's not literal. The Bible is full of figurative language, expressing truth in dramatic and vivid ways to unlock the mind and heart to receive that truth. In this message, Skip Heitzig looks at four creative ways that truth is communicated in the Bible, showing you how to read and interpret this type of language.
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10/24/1996
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Open Your Heart: Application
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You can read the Bible, observe what it says, and interpret it accurately, but if you stop there, you've missed the best part. You must take the next step: apply it personally to your life and live out what it says. In this message, Skip Heitzig encourages you to open your heart to the Scriptures and practice its truths, so you can stand firm on the solid foundation of the Word.
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There are 8 messages in this series.