Bible Study Helps

Request:

I keep hearing in church that I am supposed to study the Bible but I don’t know where to start. I don’t think that means just reading it does it?

Response:

Reading the Bible is a great place to start but it is important to take some time to look at what it says for you today and study it in more depth in order to apply it to your life today. Approach the Bible with reverence, awe, and expectancy; with a willing mind and a believing heart; with a thirst for truth and righteousness and fullness in the Lord Jesus Christ; with a humble heart, trusting God the Holy Spirit to touch you heart with the cleansing power of His eternal Word.  Above all, in the study of God’s Word, be eager to obey all that He commands and rejoice in the knowledge that you are an ambassador for Christ, calling on people to be reconciled to God.

The Bible is our guide for life.  To study and obey it is very important.  Following are a few ideas for you to pick from. If you have more than one translation, it is good to compare.  They are all quite accurate but you may find one easier to understand than another.  The Bible contains many books yet the divine plan of God to redeem mankind through Christ Jesus, is the theme throughout.  Always keep the central theme of the Bible in mind when you study.

Study methods:

1. Book Study – Mark and underline as you read.  Outline it.  List the main characters and their significance.  Select key verses from each chapter, put them on a card and memorize some.  List teachings to obey and promises to claim.  What does it teach about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit?  Use these in your praise times.

2. Chapter Study – As you read the chapter answer the following:

  • What is the principal subject of the chapter?
  • What is the leading lesson?
  • What is the key verse? Memorize it.
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What does it teach about God the Father, Jesus Christ? The Holy  Spirit?  Use this for you praise time when praying.
  • Is there any example for me to follow?
  • Is there an error for me to avoid?
  • Is there a duty for me to perform?
  • Is there a promise for me to claim?

Keep a devotional logbook to record your results.  Not every chapter will have answers to every question.  Answer only those that apply.

3. Biographical Study – Study the life of one Bible character.
There are 2,930 people mentioned in the Bible.  Using a concordance or name index find every reference to the person you want to study.  Then answer the following:

  • What do we know of this family – this person?
  • What kind of training did he have in his youth?
  • What did he accomplish in his life?
  • Was there a great crisis in his life?  How did he face it?
  • What was he good at?
  • Who were his friends?  What kind of people were they?  What influence did they have on him?  or he on them?
  • Does his life show any development of character?
  • What was his experience with God?  Notice his prayer life, his faith, his service to God, his knowledge of God’s Word, his courage in witnessing, and his attitude toward the worship of God.
  • Were any particular faults evident in his life?
  • Was there any outstanding sin in his life?  What effect did it have on him and how did he deal with it?
  • What were his children like?
  • Was there some lesson to be learned from this person’s life?

You may also want to consider helpful websites like Bible Gateway, Search God’s Word,  or Truth or Fiction.

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