Letting the Bible speak

February 12th, 2009

One of the things I do when I am trying to learn what the Bible says on a particular subject is to let the Bible speak. By letting the Bible speak I mean I look up a subject in a topical index (the topical index I typically use is in my Pradis Bible Software). This gives me a list of Bible passages on a particular subject.

I then look up all the passages under the heading, copy and paste them from the software on to a page and prayerfully read them a number of times over two or three days. In doing this I allow the Scripture to speak to me and I allow the Holy Spirit to help me understand what the Scritpure is saying.

A simple example of this is a message I did several years ago on the subject of prayer. I simply pulled out all the verses and listed them on a page. After looking at them for a few days I began to get a general picture of what the Bible says about prayer. I started to see who we should pray to, in whose name we should pray and what sort of attitudes we should have when we pray. I started to get a small glimpse on how we should approach God in prayer.

The key when doing this sort of Bible study of course is to let Scripture speak to you and not trying to read something in to the passages that is not there. We need to remember that we all have our biases or preconceived ideas when approaching the Bible, the key is to prayerfully approach the Scriptures and ask God to show what is says and how you can apply it our own life or teach it to others.

If you want to know what the Bible says on a particular subject, try this method of using a topical index and then prayerfully let the Bible speak to you over a few days. It has really helped me a lot and I hope it helps you too.

God Bless,

Dave

PS. If you want free access to a Bible with a Topical Index, you can access on here on BibleGateway.com