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I really like Esther and Acts. I like Esther because she is a really great example of someone on fire for God.
Read Acts Chapter, specifically Acts 2:38
That’s a good verse!
Acts 20:24 is one of my favorite verses
I know this is really weird, but I am going to go out on a limb and be totally transparent here. Recently, The Song of Songs, has taken on a new personal meaning to me.
I used to strongly dislike that book of the Bible, because (lets be honest), its awkward. I didn’t fully understand the message. All the physical mentions of beauty in The Song of Songs didn’t make sense to me.
I didn’t think a man could ever love me the way Solomon loved that woman because I wasn’t physically beautiful like that woman.
A couple of days ago I was reading Idol Lies by Dee Brestin. She writes, “Song of Songs is a treasure, for though we see Jesus in every book of the Bible, it is in this book that we see His heart for us. And when we see His heart, we want to turn from our idols and run to Him.”
After reading that everything clicked. This book isn’t just a picture of the passionate love of marriage. It’s a picture of Jesus and His perfect beautiful love for the Church. I am part of the church. Which means God loves me like Solomon loved this woman. Which meant the picture of that women was me. Which meant God thought I was beautiful like that woman.
This is embarrassing to write on here, but I wanted other girls and guys if they struggle with self confidence to be encouraged like I was a few days ago.
I am sorry I wrote a novel. I just didn’t think it was a coincidence that this question was asked so soon after God taught me this.
You have inspired me to read that book again with a new perspective now. 😉 Thanks, Haven!
Thats awesome Hannah!
Well said! Thanks for writing that!
You’re welcome Amber!
Thank you, Haven! Like @disqus_aeGm5xMIfo:disqus said, this has put a new perspective on Song of Solomon!
I am so glad Anne! It was really difficult for me to post that comment and be so transparent. But its worth it if it helps other girls realize their worth in Christ’s eyes!
This is profound Haven! I never really got that book either but now I do! God is amazing in the ways He works to keep teaching us things about the Bible, every time you read it’s something new!
So true Bekah! I am constantly reminded that the word is living! I’ll be reading and come across something new and I’m like, ‘wait a minute, when did that get in here.’ haha God is so good (:
Romans and Ruth!
Love both of those!
Probably Romans because I usually find something new to think about or do, and sometimes the old truths just stick a bit better. Idk, it’s one of those books that I don’t think I’ll completely get, but it feels like I’m learning.
I finished Hosea a few days ago, (honestly I didn’t remember it existed until lately), and it was really good. God has his prophet marry an, um, unfaithful wife and buy here back when she runs away. It’s a really neat comparison to the gospel. Like, Hosea never stops loving her and God’s like that with us too.
Tbh, I’m having a hard time staying in the Word, and some times it feels like I don’t change at all when I do read it, but it really is good. ☺
Have you seen the movie Amazing Love? It’s a good movie about what happens in the book of Hosea.
I haven’t, but it’s neat somebody made one. I might check it out if I have time, I’m not huge on “bible” movies though…😂😜
It is very accurate! My family loves that movie and we are very critical of “Bible” movies. Not trying to brag or anything, but if it passes our test, then it is most likely accurate.
Haha! Yeah, it’s good to use wisdom and discernment when watching movies adapted from the Bible. It’s also good to discuss them and reread the scripture passage that the movie is based on. I like seeing Bible movies to get a different perspective on the story. Unfortunately, some tend to give a different story entirely!
Very true. It is sad how so many people twist these stories to make them so false.
My favorite is Romans also. Especally Romans 7:15.
For real. I can so relate to that verse.
I read Hosea for the first time this summer and I really liked it!
Yeah I hadn’t read it either, but it was awesome!
Esther and Ephesians and Romans and Hebrews and the Psalms and John and 1 John. Ummmm. Yeah, I can’t really choose just one favorite book. 😉
I don’t really have a favorite book. But the more I study the Bible the more I discover Books that I love it all!
Lately I’ve been doing an in-depth study of James. It is AMAZING! There is so much instruction and teaching packed into the 108 verses that make up James. I’m learning new things every time I look at a new verse and almost all of it applies to my life.
If anyone’s looking for a nice bible study I recommend working through James a couple verses at a time. It is jam packed with instruction about the Christian faith.
Not to put you on the spot, but how do you actually *study* the word? Like, I know it’s different from just reading, but whado you do (specifically) to get everything out of it? Sorry if this is weird, but I’ve been trying to figure this out lately….
Hi, Okie Gal! Lately when I’ve been studying the Bible, I’ve been taking notes. This helps me stay focused and helps me keep note of what is going on when I read. I also write down observations or questions I might have so I can discuss them later. Prayer is important too! It’s good to talk to God about what you read – asking for wisdom, application to your life, understanding, thoughts… hopefully that helps. 🙂
Thank you so much, this is really helpful! I’ve (sort of) been keeping notes, but I wasn’t sure if it counted. When you have questions who do you discus them with? Like a parent or somebody from your church, or do you just look in the passage for answers? Thanks!
Wow, I’m sorry it took me so long to respond. I like to discuss with my parents and friends from work – I’m actually super blessed to work with some pretty strong Christians. Do you attend a church?
Okay cool. Yeah I have an amazing church and I’m trying to get to know them better
Hey Okie Gal. I totally feel you there. I ran across this article just the other day, and thought it was super helpful. Maybe you could find something there that would help you too 🙂 http://www.girldefined.com/how-to-study-your-bible-love-it
This is awesome, thank you!
No problem 🙂
Hey Okie Gal! One resource I find helpful in studying the Word is The Bible Project videos. You can get them on YouTube here (https://www.youtube.com/user/jointhebibleproject). Their “Read Through Scripture” series is the best. They basically give a 3-10 minute overview of each book of the Bible, including historical context and main themes. There’s not a video for every book yet, but there are a ton there. You might find those helpful!
Sweet, thank you so much!
My youth pastor recently introduced me to The Bible Project videos. They’re so good!
Will definitely be looking these up! They look interesting!
My dad looked at those and might even show them in his Sunday school class! He really liked them!!
Hi Okie 🙂 In my youth group we were taught to study the Bible using the COMA method. Here’s what it stands for:
Context: Think about the setting and time period of when this was written and how that might apply to the passage you’re studying. Also pay attention to the other verses or chapters that come before and after it. Look out for connecting words; for example, when you see the word “therefore” look back at the previous verses to see what it’s there for.
Observation: Write down and think about certain things that you observe, things that maybe stand out to you.
Meaning: Ask yourself “What was the author who wrote this trying to say? What’s the main point?” If you come across a verse that’s hard to understand, try looking at the individual words and their definitions, or reading a couple different translations.
Application: This is where you think about how this applies to your life. Think about the main truths that are stated or taught in the passage and think about how this might should change an aspect of how you are living.
One additional step I like to add is to ask myself what this teaches me about God and his nature and character. I find that to be a good way to keep my focus on him instead of myself 🙂
This is great, thank you! I’ll try it tonight.
I love James! One of the first verses I read from James was very convicting. James 1:22- But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. And of course there is James 4:17- Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Those are some really convicting verses for me. Just thought I’d share! 😊
I love James! I like that it’s written in a way that it is easily understandable. It’s very to the point.
yes it is! It’s kind of like the How to handbook of the Christian faith.
I actually have been enjoying Judges. It’s very convicting – God doesn’t mess around! I think it serves as a good reminder of that.
This is hard. I really enjoy Acts, I love how Paul went from being a man who hunted down followers of Christ and had them killed or put in prison to a man who loved God with a passion. His life makes me think of Amazing Grace “I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see. I just find it to be an amazing and convicting book.
I love Romans a lot (seriously, who doesn’t?) and Colossians and Habakkuk. Lately, though, I’ve really been encouraged by Zephaniah. It amazes me how much hope is woven throughout the minor prophets.
I agree, I can’t decide whether I like Ecclesiastes or Romans. I mean they are both pretty good.
I don’t have an absolute favorite; I love the entire Bible. But to list a few that have really convicted me recently: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Romans, Isaiah, James, and Lamentations. One day I flipped to Lamentations and thought, “I never read this,” so I did. It was so convicting. I read it more and more now. I keep finding things I am really encouraged by.
I really like Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. We are doing a study on Mark in youth group right now, and I’m really enjoying that 😊
1 and 2 Timothy!! I love the encouragement they give to the younger generation in the church! Though in youth group we’re starting to go through Colossians, focusing on the Preeminence of Christ! So I’m excited to see where that leads!
I love 1 and 2 Timothy!
James!! I actually have a goal to memorize the entire book because I like it so much, and I’m currently a little ways into chapter 2. 🙂 I also love the book/story of Esther.
We did a youth study on that last year. Definitely a wonderful book!
I’ve been trying to memorize chapter one in James for awhile now! Haileys think alike I guess. 😉
That is awesome. I am working on memorizing it also! I love having it right there to just quote when I need encouragement.
Yay! We can get through it together 🙂 I do, too. The part that talks about not letting oneself be polluted by the world has been in my mind almost constantly lately and has really helped me.
Yes, for sure. I have really been convicted by the parts about taming your tongue and how faith without works is dead.
I would like to memorize Psalms 23. it’s a good chapter.
Revelation definitely because I love so see what Heaven is like, and I also am curious about the end times.
Side Question: Does the “end times” actually have an official name?
Has to be 2nd Timothy for me – Paul’s last letter to his son in the faith – I can really relate to Timothy I do many ways.
I really like the book of James it just seems to apply to life easily. But I like the rest of the Bible after all it’s the word of God no other book is like it!
Can we have several?
Here are mine, in alphabetical order:
Song of Songs
None would really mean anything without the others.
bwahahah XD that’s pretty funny! You have a point though!
Thanks! It was half meant to be funny.
very true, but some just impress on us more than others. And since the books have different authors, some of the styles are more interesting to me than others. I love Exodus and its story book quality. I believe my Dad is fond of Paul’s writings most.
Very true. You have a point. I don’t really have an absolute favorite, but I do love Peter’s way of explaining things.
I agree with that too. Ecclesiastes gets me curious.
For the old testament Samuel 1&2. New testament Revelation.
Old Testament:Ecclesiastes, New Testament:Revelation.