In preparation for Easter, I am diving into the Gospels and Acts. My first stop: Luke and Acts consecutively since they were both written by Luke.
Who knew that Luke would teach us a few things about Bible Study in his introduction? This is what is so fun about “digging in” to the Word. You never know what you will see in Scriptures you have read many times over when you just take the time to pray first, slow down, and pay attention to the words. Reading alone is not Bible Study. However, Luke gives us some great ‘how to” Bible study tips.
Bible Study How-To tips from Luke 1:1-4.
- Acknowledge that others have taken upon themselves the task to study the Scriptures and give an account. They knew the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. They studied the Word. We can learn from them and use them as a basis for our own study.
- They did the work it takes. Bible study takes time and effort. They considered the words of the eyewitnesses and they compared it to those things handed down (Old Testament Scriptures and those handed down verbally by servants of the Word). They listened, they discerned, they researched and made a report.
- Luke considered the work and accounting of those in verses 1 and 2 and he carefully investigated everything himself from beginning to end. He too, studied and compared what he knew and heard. He journaled! He wrote it all down!
- He shared what he learned through his own study. Thank you, Luke! You gave us a Gospel that we can rely upon through your careful investigation, research, and willingness to share what you learned with Theophilus so that he (and we) may know for certain what we have been taught!
Luke 1:1-4 (NIV)
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.