One of my favorite things to do is study the Scriptures, but this wasn't always so. At first, studying the Bible seemed too complicated. I was easily distracted. I had to learn how to uncover the nuggets of truth found in the Bible and apply them to my life through an effective Bible study method. Now that I've learned a couple of different techniques that work well for me, I love to study God's Word.
I'm certain that many of you have discovered some excellent Bible study methods, too. Take this opportunity to share with other believers what you consider to be the best Bible study methods.
Take Sermon Notes for Study Later
- One way to study the Bible is to take notes while your pastor is teaching or preaching, write the Scriptures down and study on that all week.
- —Guest Renee
- The 4-K method is as simple as it is effective. It works with books, chapters, passages, or individual verses. 1. Know the words - make sure you understand all the vocabulary. 2. Know what someone smarter than you says - read commentaries, see what they say about the Scripture. 3. Know what the verse says to you - how does the scripture apply to you? 4. Know the verse - the study of Scripture should always end with the memorization of Scripture. The beauty of this study is that it can be expanded to fit your needs. I've added two to the original four. 5. Know the context - who wrote it? To whom was it written? What circumstances were surrounding the author and the audience? 6. Know the language - I use different study tools for word studies so I can look at the original language of Scripture.
- —Guest Scholar
Contextual Study Approach
- Every book of the the Holy Bible has a unique message it conveys. Therefore, the best method of studying the Bible is by reading it with the understanding of the context in which the message is based. It is important to note the theme of each book while studying if a meaningful outcome is to be achieved.
- —Guest Onyedineke Onyukwu
Build the Foundation First
- In my studies I find that studying the background, people, occasion and purpose, lay down the foundation for me. After, I read the text and study key words and Scripture references. I try to read the text over many times and ask myself questions.
- —Guest Gary Rivera
Gospel is the Key
- Jesus is the only one who can really teach you love, this is why we need to find ways to understand his words. I have spent all my free time trying to study the Bible to be a better person myself, and from what my church recommended I use the internet to help me achieve this goal. I actually use isearchbible.com which is very complete, and lets me keep track of my Bible verses. I have also learned from their Ebook "how to study the Bible" which is very interesting and points out just how to do it.
- —Guest Peter Goerfroed
By Meditation Along Side With Prayer
- Just as in Psalms, a verse of the Scriptures says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable unto God," one of the best ways of study for me is to meditate and pray. Before studying try and tune yourself by worship through songs and brief prayers and ask for inspiration. After studying, write down or underline the sentence of the Scripture or devotion that must have pierced/touched your heart. Pause at that point and pray. Afterwards start to meditate on that phrase or sentence. [for e.g., John 15:4a, meditate on the word 'abide' in this verse, abide in me and I will abide in you, until it must have made a meaning to you life.] Continue to meditate and to pray along side with that Scripture whenever you remember until it comes alive and active in you. Seek for deeper explanation of that verse that must have touched you as you meditate on it. Make it as consistent and flexible as you can. Thus by so doing, you will enjoy studying the Scriptures.
- —Guest Guestanna
Studying the Bible Made Simple
- Melton Shorts' series: www.worldimpactministries.org helps make Bible study easier to learn, memorize and teach.
- —Guest Sister Debbie
What's the Best Bible Study Method?
- First, and foremost, you must be born again to effectively study the Bible. Otherwise, you are just reading like a novel. We are told, by Apostle Paul, in 2 Timothy 1:14 (KJV) 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. In 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. He also taught us: Romans 10:9 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. What Paul is telling us about how to study the Bible is: First, be born again/saved, then pray the Holy Ghost to lead and guide you as you study and lastly, to rightly divide. Of course, the Holy Ghost will "rightly divide" because the Word also teaches "God is not the author of confusion." That's it. Pray, study and enjoy the Words breathed by God himself, through Divinely Inspired men.
Study the Bible by Subject
- I have studied the Bible on the subject of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9:24-27, and it touches the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Glory be to God.
- —Guest H.S.Shylla
My Best Bible Study Plan
- The Rhapsody of Realities Bible study plan by Pastor Chris & Rev. Anita is the best plan I have come across. The plan has 2 options, the one year or the two year plan.
- —Guest Mandla Mlilo
- The best way to study the Bible is to be born again, which is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, because the Word of God is Spirit. It's only the Spirit-being that can understand the things of the Spirit. (John 4:2, 1 Cor. 2:10-12)
- —Guest Emmanuel V.Blessings
Studying the Bible by Subject
- Studying the Bible by subject is the best way to study the Bible. Getting a concordance and looking up a subject as it appears throughout the Bible is the fastest way to get information and it also will be the most motivating because you will get the information quickly. The fact that it was easy, it was more enjoyable, and the more likely you will continue studying more biblical subjects.
- —Guest felix
- Two things on this topic: one, you want to empty yourself of any preconceived notions so God reveals you truths anew. Pray for revelation and believe God will speak through you. By the way, you first need to be a born again believer. Next, you want to look at the text and divide each verse in sections that are topically similar. Then, you divide the topical sections into 3-5 divisions that encompass themes. Identify each division's principle. Think about what is a universal truth that God is revealing to you. Then, look at the aim of the text. What is God saying in the entire text. After you've broken down the text and reconstructed it, you want to synthesize a view based on the entire Scripture. If you do not know about how God has dealt with humanity in the OT you will have a hard time rightly dividing the text and many times people pour their interpretations into the text as opposed to an exegetical study. Look at what the author's intention was, who he wrote to do research.
- —Guest Rich Pyle
How to Study the Bible Effectively
- First, take on the four books of New Testament - Mathew, Mark, Luke and John to discover the role Christ played in the Scripture. Afterward, go back to Genesis and then return to the New Testament.
- —Guest Lawrence Nwaru
A Scripture a Day
- I try and read at least one chapter from the Bible a day, and if possible, find a verse or two that I can apply to my life or that has significant meaning to me. I write the verses down on a post it note and put it in places where I'll see it ... like on my mirror. Then, I'll recite and memorize that Scripture throughout the day. That way, I can have a way of really putting Scripture into action and memorizing it.
- —Guest Brittney