I love Bible study! I also love group Bible study. I have been so blessed to be apart of a small group Bible study since last fall. We have all grown in God’s Word leaps and bounds. Our group Study on Jonah ended a couple of weeks ago and I have been wanting to dive into the book Malachi. So many times I start from begging to end, but never make it to the end. Even though I have read the Bible in full many times I have never studied many of the books independently. Malachi is one of those books that I have never made it to as a study. Let’s dig in and see what life changing truths we find in Malachi! Ready?
Start out your study by praying and asking God to illuminate the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit. Without His help we may miss some very key things that God wants to show us through His Word. Make sure to get any sin out of the way so it will not hinder the Holy Spirit from working in your life.
The first thing I always do in starting a new book study is read the book. We will have plenty of time to tear it apart and dig in, but for today let’s just start by reading the book of Malachi in it’s entirety. It is very short - just 4 chapters.
Start with a clean sheet of paper or notebook paper and write down anything that jumps out at you, doesn’t make sense, seems out of place, or something you just love. If you have sticky notes available write questions down on them placing them on the page of question. This way after your question is answered by the Holy Spirit or further Bible study you can remove the sticky note. I love this method!
Don’t go into too much depth because this is just a simple reading to get a grasp on the context of the book. You may consider reading it a couple of times just to make yourself familiar with the text.
What things did you note as you read through Malachi?