Suggestions for Bible Study
the most basic step in Bible study. Misinterpretation is often the result of
careless reading. Only when we know what the passage says can we interpret what
it means. Before each lesson, read the passage closely. Read it a few times
until you become familiar with it. Observe words, phrases, paragraph structure,
relationships, emphases, as well as anything that seems unusual. In doing so,
you will discover things that you could never have if you read it casually.
Keep your pen or
pencil busy by recording your observations and thoughts as you go through the
passage. Mark key words and phrases. Take note of the relationship between
words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. Jotting your observations down on
paper helps you focus your mind on the Bible text and leaves a much deeper
impression on your mind. Your notes will also become valuable reference
material the next time you come back to the passage.
Study with Prayer
“No one knows the
things of God except the Spirit of God” (1Cor 2:11). The guidance of the Holy
Spirit is key to understanding and being inspired by
God’s word. Pray everyday and ask God to reveal to you the truth in His words.
Whenever you come across a difficult passage, rely on the Holy Spirit by
putting it in your prayer. Through your life of prayer, God will open your
inner eyes to know His will and give you the strength to put it into practice.
Let the Word Speak to You
Bible study is
not an intellectual exercise. Its aim is to change the reader in his thoughts,
behavior, and lifestyle to conform to God’s will. The final goal of every Bible
study is to apply God’s word in our lives. God reveals His will to the humble.
So always approach the Bible with an attitude to be taught and corrected. When
you are willing to let God’s word be a mirror to reflect your shortcomings and
are determined to carry out His command, your Bible study will have achieved
its intended purpose.