How to Read the Bible for your Benefit.
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How to Read the Bible for your Benefit.

Personal Bible reading is good for you.
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Created by Dr. Jim Thorne
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • The student will be able to discover one significant benefit of Bible reading.
  • The student will be able to read the Bible for his or her benefit.
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  • You should be able to use a PC at a beginner level,

If you are wondering if the Bible is worth reading and are looking for encouragement and help in this enterprise, then this course will interest you! In this course, you will find the personal development study skill of reading enhanced. You will learn successful steps used by Bible scholars throughout the ages to receive benefits for their lives.

Master the Skill of Bible Reading Using Three Powerful Steps

  • Learn how to read your Bible for benefit.
  • Recognize helpful ways to understand your reading.
  • Find profitable applications from your personal Bible reading.

You can learn how to read the Bible for your benefit.

In this course, we explore powerful steps that will enhance your personal Bible reading skill.

1.. I will help you find and develop the skill of observation.

2. You can learn ways that will enable you to discover what the Bible means.

3. Bible readers discover that the reader becomes what he reads.

I will share my own learning experiences of personal Bible reading with you. When you complete this course, you will be able to read the Bible and discover hope, encouragement, and lifestyle changes that are good for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • My target student is interested in reading the Bible but with questions.
  • This course is for students interested in getting benefit from Bible reading.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
1 Lecture 05:06

Welcome to the course. I introduce myself and tell you why you can get benefit out of taking the course with an explanation of my personal experiences in Bible reading. 

Preview 05:06
The Journey to Bible Reading
1 Lecture 07:04

This lecture provides you a Bible reading where you can listen and look at the text at the same time. A reading of Genesis 1 and 2 with visualization focuses the student's attention on the text. Each day in the Biblical account is read and visualized to assist your comprehension.

Preview 07:04

Looking at the direction of the course.

Reading the Bible
2 questions
Steps to Personal Bible Reading
4 Lectures 16:34

The First Step in Bible reading is defined and discussed. Some ideas about the skill of observation and a sample observation of a portion of Genesis 1 and 2 is provided. You will learn that observation builds on exposure and attention to detail. I provide a detailed look at the sample reading.

Step One: Observation.

Remembering the factors in observation.

3 questions

Rules for interpretation are provided and explained in this lecture. A focus resource provides an illustration of the process. Interpretation calls for observation, analysis, and a paraphrase. A detailed study of the use of "good" is included.

Step Two: Interpretation

Reviewing the ideas and rules of interpretation.

1 question

This lecture explains what application is in Bible reading with a specific definition provided. Application builds on the observation and interpretation steps described in previous lecture. The areas of application are summarized. How to apply this step is illustrated in a resource.

Lecture 5 Step 3: Application

Understanding application as a step in Bible reading.

3 questions

Students will mentally review the steps in Bible reading and look forward to the benefits. The three steps, observation, interpretation, application are reviewed. Looking forward will draw the student's attention to the benefits from Bible reading.

Lecture 6 Transition: From Steps to Benefits

A review of the steps in Bible reading and an invitation to benefits.

3 questions
Benefits from Personal Bible Reading.
5 Lectures 31:37

Bible reading gives the reader knowledge that leads to hop. How this occurs is explained in great detail. Knowledge is good but hope is better. These thoughts are fully explained in this lecture.

Knowledge and Hope

The student will see desire and encouragement as a positive benefit from personal Bible reading. Desire is another word for delight. Encouragement is demonstrated as a product of Bible reading from a reference in the Bible book of Joshua.

Desire and Encouragement

Growth from Bible reading is seen as the ultimate in personal development through the discussion offered in this Lecture. How growth occurs from Bible reading is pointed out as it affects our mind, heart, and soul.


Looking back and looking forward in this Lecture, the student will review the steps in Bible reading and the benefits received.

Review and Evaluation

A quick look back at the course with evaluation questions.

Review and Evaluation
5 questions

I share my own experience in Bible reading and the personal benefit I see to my own lifestyle. A careful look at Genesis 1 has taught me how two major benefits of Bible reading have impacted my life. I hope they help you as well.

The Personal Benefit I Got from Genesis 1 and 2.
About the Instructor
Dr. Jim Thorne
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Dr. Jim Thorne is a graduate of Southeastern Bible College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Grace Bible College and Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He pastored churches in Texas, New York, Canada and Tennessee. He served as a faculty member and Professor of Bible at colleges in Malawi, Africa; New York State; and Memphis, Tennessee. He has written for the Christian Education Journal.