As I have already written to you, I was searching for an abandoned church in Bavaria for a long time. But could not find something, so I had to move to another federal state.
When I got back from there I surprisingly found this gem here:
The church stands on the edge of a small village. This village could not pay the maintenance costs a hundred years ago. And so the small church gradually decayed. Today only the bell tower and a few remains of the wall remain. I sincerely hope that vandals are afraid to break even more and at least respect a church. This place actually seemed sacred or magical to me.
How is God three in one? Why does the Christian faith need a Trinitarian God? Does any analogy really work? An explanation of this unexplainable doctrine in less than three minutes. And a unique way to see the Trinity. I got really excited about this one.
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day
Studying the bible is crucial to having a stronger relationship with God. Investing time reading the word is investing time in God.
“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have see his glory, glorious of the only son from the father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
There are times when I really want to sit down and talk to Jesus personally, ask him for advice and wisdom. I then remember that Jesus was like a walking bible. Though Jesus isn’t physically here with us, we can still turn to our bibles and get the same knowledge we would get if we talked with Jesus personally.
I’m so passionate about bible study that I’ve broken it down into four types of bible studies.
A book study is where you read one book of the bible over a period of time. It could be one chapter a day or even one chapter a week. It all depends on your lifestyle. I also like doing book studies with friends. I read Romans with my friend/mentor. We read three chapters a week on our own, and met up once a week to go over the chapters again. We’d talk about what we learned, verses we liked, questions we had, etc.
When doing a book study, make sure you know some background information. Take Philippians for example. Before reading that, you should know that it’s in the new testament. It has four chapters. It was a letter written by Paul to the people of Philippi.
Knowing background info means you’ll have to do a bit of research, but it’s important to know the context of what you’re reading, so you understand it better.
Topic Studies are also really great for personal growth. Struggling with gossip? Do a bible study on Gossip. Topic studies aren’t meant to be done in a short period of time, but something to keep in the back of your mind for a long period of time. As you read your bible, a verse may pop out at you that relates to the topic you’re studying When that happens, write it down along with all the other verses that relate to the same topic. Once in a while, go through all the verses you’ve found. Pray on them. Pray that they’ll help you understand the topic. Remember to apply it to your life. What’s the point of doing a bible study on gossip if you’re not at least going to try to watch what you say?
Verse study is a fun one :) if you come across a verse that strike you, maybe you could turn it into a verse study. Write it on your hand so you have it with you all day. As you go through your day, see how that verse applies to your life or to someone else life. This is actually a good daily habit. I challenge you to pick a new verse everyday. Write it on your hand, or just keep it in the back of your mind, and apply it to your life for that whole day. Be observant with it. Make connections. You never know what you’ll learn.
To add to that, read the verse in many different translations. Sometimes one translation of a verse is more clear than another one. My favorite translations are ESV, NLT, and NIV. I often switch between them if I don’t understand a verse.
This is one of my personal favorites. Everyone has questions about their faith. If you have a question, don’t just think about it for a bit before you drop it, bring it to the father. Bring it to the word. Dig through the bible, and see what it says about your question. Make it into an investigation. Often times, your one question can lead to a bunch of other questions. If and when you find the answer, you’ll feel so much closer to God. This, like the topic study, is another thing that can be spread over time.
If you know any other types of bible studies that I didn’t mention, please send me a message! I’d love to expand my bible studies!! :)