The Bible is a vital part of Christian life. Without the Bible it is difficult to understand how God’s will can move towards the accomplishment of His purposes in this world. In order to understand the Scriptures, one must be able to read them and understand the underlying language. The best way to learn to read the Bible is to study with an instructor in a church setting.
It is essential that students understand that the Bible has many different parts that are significant to the spiritual life. Students should be able to feel comfortable with reading the Bible without feeling like they are wasting their time when they do not understand what is written in it. Their teacher will have the time to continue to give questions and even help them to look at the text in a new light.
King James Version is the most popular version of the Bible. However, this Bible was not the first one to be written. Many people even thought that the Jewish Septuagint was the first one to be written.
No matter which Bible you are using, students need to understand the difference between the various versions. Some of the Bible versions are considered not as important as others but they all have their place in the world of Christianity.
Some schools use study groups where teachers focus on certain versions of the Bible. The main reason for doing this is to assist students in understanding the significance of different verses, but in some instances it is necessary.
At one point there were only five versions of the Bible and the need for more versions was so great that it prompted the creation of a study group to facilitate discussion. It was not until certain denominations began to divide on the differences between their Bible versions that the need for a study group was realized. Nowadays, there are seven different versions of the Bible but they do not have the same definitions and importance.
There are three versions that are considered essential: New Testament, New Testament with Apocrypha, and King James Version. These Bible versions are used for high school and college level classes but they are not necessary in a regular classroom.
Students should not feel pressured to use Bible study groups because they may not even need to use them. They will learn to read and understand the text by themselves and they will certainly have fun doing it.