TOPICAL BIBLE STUDY STRATEGIES

 
What does the Bible say about dysfunctional families?
The End Times?
Can we separate God from government?
Does God really listen to every prayer?
 
 
 
 
Even as a little girl, there was always a stirring to read the Bible cover to cover before I died. But I put it off, fearing that when I finally read it ~ that would be the end of me.

While working with key individuals who would many years later seek to have the Ten Commandments removed from the Alabama Supreme Court building, I kept the Bible in the photo on my desk. I don't know why; I didn't read it. I believed the error I chose to believe in that season of life. But it was there at my desk that a powerful seed was planted.

One day a professing agnostic stood there and said, "Connie, I've heard that if you ask the Bible a question, it will answer you. Do you mind if I try?" I responded skeptically, "Sure Bob, go right ahead."

He unzipped it, and his eyes remained fixed to the pages. Finally, he closed it gently and said, "Hmmm, that's interesting."

So I took it home and vividly recall the evening I read this segment about "The Last Days," 

And ye shall hear of wars
and rumors of wars:
see that ye be not troubled:
for all these things must come to pass,
but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:6 KJV
I was waltzing with the world, living in sin. This frightened me.
 
Then I began hearing people talk about "The Rapture" and wondered what the Bible revealed about this topic. Finally, at age twenty-nine, reading with that question in my heart, I discovered a serious conflict between the Rapture doctrine and the Bible. Did I miss something? Did I not understand? So, I read it again and again and again - each time seeking to understand this and other topics.
 
Please study this for yourself, dear ones.  In this present darkness, we are needed now  more than ever in the history of the world
to share Truth and Light and Love  to a world so helpless and hopeless.
God wants His children to understand His Heart, His Agenda for you and for the world.
 
I found topical explorations to be the most effective way to study the Bible because the quest for knowledge and wisdom motivates us to continue reading through chapters about bodily discharges and skin diseases, seeking Truth for every circumstance.
    
Here we offer ideas for our favorite or most popular studies.
They will change your life. 
They will equip you to change the world.
 
 
CHRONOLOGICAL STUDIES

We use a chronological chart with every study as it enhances understanding. Psalm 51, David's sin with Bathsheba, makes more sense when read with 2 Samuel 11, the account of that event, as opposed to reading Psalm 51 directly after Psalm 50.

The YouVersion Bible app has a chronological study plan, or you may purchase a Bible printed in chronological order. We also have a chart available for you to download and print - scroll to bottom of page.

 
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

Have your children ever sold one of their siblings into slavery? Even Jesus endured family issues. This study will help you hang in there when things are difficult.
I promise.

Dysfunctional
Families
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THE COMMANDS

What might America, or the world, look like if only we obeyed God's Commands?

What if children respected their parents and parents loved one another for a lifetime? What if there was no sex outside of marriage - how many tears would have been spared? How many broken hearts and lives and bodies? How many children would not have been aborted?

What if we didn't have to lock our homes and cars, or worry about our children when they walked to school? When they got to school?
 
What if people spoke only kind words about one another or to one another? Go through the Scriptures and build on this meditation.

If you choose this study, read Psalm 119 and mark the prayer inspirations. Write out your favorite verses and pray them faithfully. It will change your view of God and of His Commands.

 
END TIMES
 
The first time I read the Bible cover to cover, I was driven by a desire to know about the last days and "The Rapture." By the time I reached Revelation 22, I realized that it didn't say what most popular books on the subject stated, but it was very clear. 

If you highlight these issues and circle the sequencing words such as "when" and "then," you gain a clear picture of these days in which we now live.
If the book of Revelation seems too difficult, read the introductory statement and dig in:
 
Blessed is the one who reads aloud
the words of this prophecy,
and blessed are those who hear it
and take to heart what is written in it,
because the time is near.
Revelation 1:3 NIV
 

THE SABBATH

While studying The Commands, I noted how chillingly thorough the Sabbath is addressed even before the Commands were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. I noted how many times God addresses this Command in Deuteronomy and throughout the writings of the prophets, and the context within all its references. (Deuteronomy was the book Jesus quoted Truth from when dueling with the devil.) And the people of the kingdom of Judah were exiled in Babylon for 70 years to make up for the years of Sabbaths that had been broken (2 Chron. 36:21). As I walked through the Bible specifically studying this topic, asking God to show me His Will, I found it both fascinating and frightening as He exposed why this Command is so essential.     

Is all Scripture God-breathed and useful for instructing, admonishing, correcting and teaching righteousness? 2 Timothy 3:16 is not a reference to the New Testament, which had not yet been written, assembled, and accepted. When Paul told Timothy to read the Scriptures, he was referring to the Old Testament (1 Tim. 4:13). When discussing the Last Days, why did Jesus state to pray that your flight be not in winter and neither on the Sabbath, why would the distress be greater (Matt. 24:20)? After performing a prayerful cover-to-cover study, please share your thoughts with me.


 
FINANCES

We give our time, energy, and financial resources to those things that mean the most to us. They are the evidence of our adoration. Jesus said that we cannot serve God and the things of this world (Matt. 6, Luke 16).

Short Study: New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, highlighting every verse on the topic of money or possessions. Deuteronomy is also an excellent resource. Here, we are also warned about charging interest.

Suggested highlighting colors:

              Green: greed
              Blue: generosity
              Purple: giving back to God
                    (tithes & offerings)
              Red: idolatry

Quick study: Matthew 6, Matthew 19, and Luke 19.

Prayer Closet
​Finances
 
GOD AND GOVERNMENT

This study shook me to the very core of my being. It gave me a desperate sense of urgency to become involved in the realm of government. But don't take my word for it, investigate for yourself.

      ~Highlight God's laws with purple throughout the Old and New Testaments.

       ~Highlight information and activities of the kings, judges, or other government officials with orange.

       ~Mark abortion or murder with red (offering children as sacrifices to Molech and other gods).

       ~Mark references to life within the womb. John the Baptist leapt inside Elizabeth's womb when he recognized Mary's voice (Luke 1:41). When Rebekah was perplexed by what was happening within her body, God explained that two nations were in her womb (Gen. 25:22-23). This is critical:

He did not say there are two children in your womb.
Speaking of future generations,
God said there are two nations in your womb.

      ~Mark acts of rebellion with a black wiggly line and Judgment (consequences chosen by individuals and nations) with a black straight line.

       ~Note that when Judgment falls upon a nation, it's in response to the heartrending cries of the victims - grave oppression throughout the land.

       ~What does the Bible say about the separation of church and state? Actually, if you remove God's governmental directives and historical examples, you have an itty-bitty booklet.

Has God changed? 


HOLINESS

Without holiness,
no one will see the LORD.
Hebrews 12:14 NIV

That sounds important! But what does it mean?

Melissa Ann and I read through the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs using a baby blue pen to mark every characteristic we discovered about holiness. When we finished, she began throwing away DVDs, music, and more - removing leaven from our home.

When we touch something that's unclean, we become unclean. We all sin, but when we know something is sin and continue to do it, it's rebellion.

Knowing how God desires us to live and recognizing the extravagant price He paid, love compels us to keep our home and hearts as clean as possible.

And since sin infects our hearts and minds, it may hold us hostage, keeping us from being effective on the battlefield of prayer. But that's another study!

 
DOES GOD ANSWER EVERY PRAYER?

But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.
Isaiah 59:2 NIV

Can it be any clearer? The Bible is filled with examples of personal and national sin and its consequences upon the people. But again, don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

Using a black colored pencil, I shade these segments grey so that they stand out clearly, warning me, helping bind me to His Will ~ His Way.


WORSHIP

There are many opinions about what worshiping God should look like both individually and corporately. What does the Bible say? Looking here for answers could reunite a multitude of congregations that have split over this issue. Highlight displays of reverence and worship with blue.

 
SEXUAL IMMORALITY

WARNING! This issue is raging like a wildfire in our culture and in the church. Make no mistake about it, Grace wasn't cheap, and God's Word is very clear. Since Paul warned the Corinthians to flee sexual immorality, he told the Ephesians to steer clear of coarse jokes, and he told the Thessalonians to avoid every appearance of evil - we should investigate further. 

In fact, one sign of pending Judgment upon a nation is that it doesn't even know how to blush (Jer. 6 and 8). And check out Revelation 22 for Christ's final Words to the world.

When we choose to trust in our opinions rather than allowing revealed Truth to guide us, we walk in great darkness and in great danger. In fact, Jesus warned that if anyone causes one of those who love Him to sin, it would be better if a millstone were bound to their neck and be cast into the sea (Matt. 18:6, Mark 9:42, and Luke 17:2 - recorded by three separate authors).

When we become Christians, bearing His Name as His bride, we're called to put our old lives behind us. Galatians 6 describes the fruit of the flesh vs. the fruit of the Spirit.  When we profess to be "Christians" and walk according to the flesh, we blaspheme His holy Name, "Christ," through which we pray, our lifestyle defying this bridal relationship.    

When exploring this topic, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. When He quickens regarding music, movies, Internet, friends, restaurants - any area of  life, it's imperative we obey.

 For if we go on sinning willfully
after receiving the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice
for sins,
but a terrifying expectation of judgment
and THE FURY OF A FIRE
WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.
Hebrews 10: 26-27 NASB
All caps expresses the urgency of this translation.
 

PRAYER

Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple was so wise and so powerful that it continues to resonate before the Throne of God. Daniel used this pattern for prayer, facing Jerusalem during his exile in Babylon; and many Jews and Christians continue to face Jerusalem as they pray, using key words "if," "when," and "then" (1 Kings 8, 2 Chron. 6), referring to all future generations until God's great work on earth is finished.

This study will multiply the endurance and energy of your prayers. Study the exchange between God and Abraham over Sodom in Genesis 18. What was the outcome? Does God listen to every prayer? I thought I knew the answer until marking each of the many references with a gray pencil.


KNOWING GOD

Prayer is a conversation with God. To understand the characteristics of a friend of God, mark what God speaks in the Old and New Testaments in red, and what each individual speaks to God in blue. God has spoken to His children through His Word, and He continues to share His secrets with those who choose to listen (Ps. 25:14). This study will produce a complete red-letter edition of the Bible.


THE NAME

If your child sacrificed his or her life to save someone else's life and that individual used or tolerated the irreverent use of your child's name, how would you feel? Would you bless them and honor their petitions?

Read the Bible as a family, listing the names of God on a poster, or scatter verses throughout your home to memorize, remembering that 
reverence and relationship are a key
to world-changing prayer.

It's one of The Ten:

You must not use the name of the LORD your God
thoughtlessly;
the LORD will punish anyone who misuses his name.
Exodus 20:7 NCV


ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED 

I wondered and highlighted every relevant Scripture with a green pencil. There's a tremendous amount of material about this topic in both Old and New Testaments. It's critical to know what God says so that we recognize false teachers and avoid becoming one. 

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