How to Study the Bible – Made Simple!
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:
- Close my eyes.
- Open the Bible to a random page.
- Point my finger to a place on the page.
- Open my eyes.
- Read the scripture where my finger landed.
How to Study the Bible does not require:
- That you are really smart.
- That you attend Bible college or seminary.
- That you spend hours and hours to understand one word.
- That your time using Bible study methods be boring or dull.
- That you carry a 500 pound study Bible wherever you go.
- 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.