To be able to share God’s Word, we need to be good at dissecting God’s Word.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
Dissecting God’s Word
I really looked forward to my sophomore year of high school.
Like most kids in my school, I had been looking forward to it for a couple of years. The reason was one particular class.
When we were in 7th grade, we were told that when we got to sophomore year, we would be taking Biology. In Biology class, we would be dissecting a frog!
When I was told that, I could hardly wait for that day.
When we started the semester, however, I found that we were going to have to wait a little longer.
Before we could just start cutting into the formaldehyde-soaked amphibian, we had to learn what was beneath his slimy, green skin.
We to learn to rightly handle that frog.
That’s what St. Paul is telling young Timothy in Paul’s second latter to him.
“Rightly handling the word of truth” is being able to “make a straight cut or dissect” God’s Word.
When a disciple of Jesus is good at dissecting the Bible, he then is able to not only know God’s Word on a deeper level, but also is able to share God’s Word with others.
That’s what a disciple of Jesus is called to do. To tell the story of the Gospel. But to tell the story, you have to know the story. And that takes training. That takes dissecting discipline.
It starts with the Bible. What follows is a course of action to learn how to rightly handle the word of truth.
Get a Bible You Will Read
First, get a Bible you will read. This is key. It may not work for you to dive right into a King James Version of the Bible. No one really talks that way anymore – with all those “thees” and “thous” and “dosts.”
While there is elegance in this Shakespearian English, it most likely will not be something you’ll want to read every day.
Start with a Bible that is in your everyday language. This is key in dissecting the Bible.
Read Your Bible Every Day
Second, read your Bible every day. Now, you may be telling the screen right about now that you don’t have time to read the Bible every day!
But you can! To be able to be dissecting what the Bible says, use apps available for your phone or tablet that can give you any sized bits of the Bible to read every day. I happen to use BibleGateway. They have a website that is loaded with Bibles in all kinds of English translations as well as in tons of other languages.
Schedule Your Reading Time
Third, to be able to read your Bible daily you are going to have to schedule this time. If you are anything like me, leaving it to “I’ll get to it when I get a chance” means you won’t get to it anytime soon.
Set up an alarm on your phone or tablet or computer to remind you to take five or ten minutes to read your Bible. To become good at dissecting the Bible, do this every day.
Join or Start a Small-Group Bible Study
Fourth, commit to meet with a group of people to study the Bible. You can say you are a Bible-believing Christian. You can say that all day long. But unless people know that you actually read and study your Bible on a regular basis, they’ll only know you as a hypocrite.
Join a small-group at your church to meet weekly or some other regular schedule to study and to be dissecting the Bible.
Try me on this. Do this for six weeks (or six sessions) and I will bet it will change how you live your Christian life.
Let me know by commenting on this post if you decided to take up that challenge (or what happened to you if you’ve already done so).
Patrick Morley says in A Man’s Guide to Spiritual Disciplines, “Someday soon you’re going to meet the Bible’s author. What if He says to you, ‘How did you like My book?’ Do you want to say, ‘I have that book’ or ‘I’ve been meaning to read that!’ Or do you want to say, ‘Oh, yes. I’ve read that book! That book changed my life!’” (Patrick Morley, A Man and the Bible, A Man’s Guide to Spiritual Disciplines, © 2007 Patrick Morley, p44).
Heavenly Father, your Word is powerful, has wonderful purpose and has wonderful promises. Give me your Holy Spirit so that I can have great confidence that I can trust what your Word says. I pray that I will be able to read your Bible every day. Change my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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