Suggestions for Bible Study
Observation is 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.
Use A Pencil
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 ).
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