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What is your favorite book of the Bible?

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ALLIE WRITES: Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? If so, which one is it, and why is it your favorite?


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  • 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.

  • 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. ☺

  • 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?

      • 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!

      • 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 🙂

    • 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 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 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can we have several?
    Here are mine, in alphabetical order:
    Acts
    Amos
    1 Chronicles
    2 Chronicles
    Colossians
    1 Corinthians
    2 Corinthians
    Daniel
    Deuteronomy
    Ecclesiastes
    Ephesians
    Esther
    Exodus
    Ezekiel
    Ezra
    Galatians
    Genesis
    Habakuk
    Haggai
    Hebrews
    Isaiah
    James
    Jeremiah
    Job
    Joel
    John
    1 John
    2 John
    3 John
    Jonah
    Joshua
    Jude
    Judges
    1 Kings
    2 Kings
    Lamentations
    Leviticus
    Luke
    Malachi
    Mark
    Matthew
    Micah
    Nahum
    Nehemiah
    Numbers
    Obadiah
    1 Peter
    2 Peter
    Philemon
    Philippians
    Proverbs
    Psalms
    Revelation
    Romans
    Ruth
    1 Samuel
    2 Samuel
    Song of Songs
    1 Thessalonians
    2 Thessalonians
    1 Timothy
    2 Timothy
    Titus
    Zechariah
    Zephaniah
    None would really mean anything without the others.

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