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HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE - Bible Study Methods
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
Six: Bible Study Methods
study the Bible, you need to:
the Scriptures carefully and prayerfully.
you take up the Scriptures to read, pray that the Lord will open your eyes,
that you will see and understand what it is that He has for you today.
notes. Write down everything. Create a notebook that is set apart just
for your Scripture notes. This will be a helpful reference in the
3. Be receptive
to the Holy Spirit's teaching. Leave your pre-conceived ideas behind. Let
the Scriptures teach YOU, don't try to twist the scriptures to say something
that God did not put there.
Memorize as much of the Scripture as you can. This allows the Holy Spirit
to bring verses back to your remembrance at appropriate times, and allows
you to compare scripture with scripture in your mind at any time of the
Ways to Study the Bible
three basic ways to study the Scriptures.
a quick look at each of these:
just what the name implies. You choose a topic in the Scriptures
to study. Pick one that interests you. Something that you would like to
learn more about.
a Concordance, look up all the references to that topic, write them down,
and then look them up in the Bible. This can take some time. But
the more time you set aside for serious study, the greater the rewards.
passage carefully, and answer these questions in your notebook:
does this passage mean?
does it apply to me?
can I learn from it?
of some Biblical topics are:
fasting, grace, salvation, tithing, faith, repentance, confession .
are using Bible Software with a concordance search engine, you can do multi-word
topical studies, such as "fear not", "strong drink", "new covenant", "unto
the end", "last days".
literally means "a detailed explanation". Referring to a study
of the Bible it means a detailed study of a verse, a chapter or a book
(or books) of the Bible. To do an expository study, pick a verse or several
verses to study. ( Start with just a few verses at first, because you will
be essentally studying every word of a passage.This can involve a lot of
work and time, but is well worth the effort.)
selection through very carefully several times before you start your study
you are ready, read it through once again slowly.
your notebook all the major words that are used in it.
have them all listed, look them up in the Concordance.
the meanings of the words and write those down.
any verb tense information help in the Amplified Bible or the Expanded
Translation mentioned in the Study Tools.
references to other Scriptures where those words are used. Read them
and make notes on how those Scriptures apply to the ones you are studying.
This can get quite detailed. Take your time.
Bible Commentary, a Bible Dictionary and/or a Bible Encyclopedia and see
what they say about the Scriptures you are studying.
on all relevant material, listing the references used.
over all the material you have gathered, write down
(What it Means)
application (What it Means to Me and how I can apply it to my life).
is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
in the way of sinners,
in the seat of the scornful.
his delight is in the law of the LORD;
his law doth he meditate day and night.
he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
forth his fruit in his season;
also shall not wither;
he doeth shall prosper.
Bible Study is one of the highest forms of study. It is commended in Scripture
as one of the ways to God's blessing on the life!
what the Scriptures mean when it talks about "hiding God's Word" in your
heart. You hide it in your heart by memorizing it.
many little "tricks" to memorization.
is to set the section to music and sing it. There is something about the
flow of a song lyric that aids memory recall.
effective method of memorizing Scripture is to write out the passage by
hand that you are seeking to memorize word for word. This method enables
you to process the passage several times and in several ways as you write
the passage. By writing a passage down you have to :
it and look at it many times as you write down each word.
2) To process
it through your brain as your hand writes it down.
3) To read
it again many times as you write it down.
can even read the passage out loud to yourself as you write it down.
can write it down as many times as it takes to memorize the passage.
have a section of the Scripture memorized, you meditate on it by filling
your mind with it. You let the words of the memorized portion run
through your mind, again and again.
of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth;
shalt meditate therein day and night,
mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:
thou shalt make thy way prosperous,
shalt thou have good success.
As you do
this prayerfully, thoughts, ideas, and concepts will be revealed to your
mind. You may even think of other verses that relate to the one you
are memorizing, and how the truths of those verses apply to what you are
notebook handy and write them down.
As you think
on the Scripture you have memorized, look for
- What it means. and
- How to apply it to your life.
to write down what you are learning. Quite often the more you meditate
upon a Scripture or a portion of Scripture the more revelation you receive
about it. Again, take your time.
to use Scriptures you have memorized is to quote them out loud during times
of emotional upheaval. For instance, if you have memorized the 23rd
Psalm, during a period of "darkness" you can quote this Scripture.
It affirms your faith, brings light and peace, and will help keep your
mind from running away with worry or fear.
Pick out a method that intrigues you, or try them all, or make up one of
your own. The important thing is to improve your Bible Study skills, and
to become more skillful at using God's word for witnessing and your personal
you as you study and meditate on God's Word.
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