How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible – Made Simple!

 

how to study the bible

Bible Study

 

Many people ask about how to study the Bible and even go to google, yahoo or bing and type in “how to study the Bible” or “Bible study methods“.  You may have found this site by doing that yourself.  I’m glad you’re here!

My approach to how to study the Bible used to be:

  1. Close my eyes.
  2. Open the Bible to a random page.
  3. Point my finger to a place on the page.
  4. Open my eyes.
  5. Read the scripture where my finger landed.
Stop the madness!  I know, you’ve done the same thing right?  Or maybe you’ve heard from others who have heard directly from God on exactly what they needed from the text they opened to.  Maybe that has happened to you.  I’m not discounting that method completely, but the odds that you are really understanding God’s very breath each time you perform this method are very slim.  In fact, in hopes to get something to apply to your life, you may have to guess at the meaning and assume you understand what it says.  Bible study doesn’t have to be hit or miss.  You can learn how to study the Bible and know what the text that you are studying means.

How to Study the Bible does not require:

  1. That you are really smart.
  2. That you attend Bible college or seminary.
  3. That you spend hours and hours to understand one word.
  4. That your time using Bible study methods be boring or dull.
  5. That you carry a 500 pound study Bible wherever you go.
You can learn Bible study methods by practicing a few simple techniques as you approach scripture.  This is often referred to as inductive Bible study.  Here’s the simple method that will help you with how to study the Bible:
     

  • Observation – What does it say?  You should spend some time looking at what the verse or passage actually says.  You are strictly looking for the facts.  This is not the time to try to figure out what it means or how it applies to your life.  You should notice all the details about the content.  Who is the verse written by?  Who is it written to?  What are they talking about?  When is it written?  Where is it written or where does the story occur?  Look for all the facts you can find and write them down.
  • Interpretation – What does it mean?  Once you’ve spent some good time looking at what it says, consider what it means.  The number one thing you can do as you seek meaning from a verse or passage is to look at the context – the other verses around it.  You should look at the context right around that verse or passage, in the book that the verse is found in and consider the context of the whole Bible itself.  Scripture will not contradict scripture and your meaning can be understood by looking around at other verses.
  • Application – What should I do?  After you’ve looked at the facts and understood what they mean, the final question is, “What should I do in response to this?”  Many people start with this and fail to truly understand what the passage says or means and then fail to do what God intended in His Word.  Once you understand what the verse or passage means, you can apply it to your life.

 

This was a VERY basic overview of how to study the Bible.  Look for our free How To Study The Bible video tutorials coming out real soon.

 

For His Glory,
Jeremy Henderson

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