How many times have you attempted to read through the Bible in a year? Or started off strong in a Bible study never to finish it?
When Christians are asked why they have a hard time reading the Bible, 64 percent say they’re too busy, while another 80 percent say they don’t understand the Bible. These statistics are alarming, but there’s one that is even more so. National studies consistently reveal that roughly 95 percent of Christians have never been properly trained in how to study the Bible. That means only 5 percent of all Christians know how to appropriately study the Bible.
This lack of growth in understanding the Bible has wreaked havoc in homes, churches, and, ultimately, our nation. One of the church’s primary functions should be to teach and train believers how to study the Bible so they can understand and apply God’s truth.
Our prayer is that you grow in your understanding of how to study the Bible for yourself. It is our hope that the advice offered below will be of help to you.
Norman L. Geisler and Jason Jimenez, The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015), 61.