the Bible READING TOOL

One of the most common questions Christians ask is, “How do I read the Bible and understand it?”


It’s one of the most important questions you can ask as a Christian. In the book of Luke 4, Jesus says, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Psalmist says that the one who delights in it, “is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” 

The Bible nourishes us, feeds us, and keeps us vital and alive because it is the primary way God speaks to us. We like to say at Salem Chapel, “When God’s Word is open, His mouth is open.” 

The average American household owns 4.4 Bibles, but only 19% of adults engage with the Bible on a regular basis outside of Sunday mornings (April, 2014 Barna study). I can’t help but wonder if the primary reason Christians don’t read the Bible is because they don’t feel equipped to read it well. So let’s see if we can break it down and simplify the process.


THE PRAYER TOOL

Prayer is about relationship realignment.


Praying at its simplest definition is, “talking to God.” But the effect it has extends beyond a simple conversation: it’s a daily realignment for my heart regarding the relationship between us. Prayer forces me to confront the reality of who God is, who I am, and my desperate need.


One of the amazing things about Jesus and getting to learn from Him is that he actually taught his disciples in very practical ways. Jesus not only taught his disciples to pray, but he taught them to pray just like he did. So today, using this prayer as a template, we have the opportunity to pray just like Jesus prayed.






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