If the form does not have enough room for all of your Scripture references, use additional sheets of paper. You have to be in fellowship with the Lord 20 Introduction: How to Study the Bible in order to understand and apply his Word. Each letter represents a question that can help you apply the passage to your life. Or you can use this approach when you are only interested in having certain questions answered on the theme. On the following page is a list of specific qualities taught throughout the Bible that you should study and work on. What is the relationship between them? What you will find are thoughtful biblical insights that will challenge you and inspire you.
Torrey, a great Bible scholar and teacher, gives three suggestions that are helpful in studying the Bible topically How to Study the Bible, Whitaker House. Each practical method has a handwritten example to demonstrate it and make it easy for you to follow the steps. Start with a person on whom you can do a simple study. This will result in Christian growth and maturity. Suggestions for further reading related to each method. You cannot study the Bible without writing something down.
This acquaints you with the benefits and limitations of each method. The thematic study has a limit of five carefully chosen questions. You are then discovering how to have joy even in times of sorrow and testing. In addition to the above seven tools, the following are recommended: 1. She is truly a gift from God. The real problem for most of us is not with interpreting difficult passages but with obeying the passages we do understand. Bible study without application can be dangerous because knowledge increases responsibility.
One benefit of studying the Bible is that you will begin developing a more inquisitive mind. Some men have spent their lives searching out the full meanings of the original words, then writing about them in simple, comprehensible language. It is a valuable method because it can be quickly learned by a brand-new Christian or someone else who is interested in doing meaningful Bible study. Challenges Difficulties I need to study 59 Chapter Summary Form 7. What do I need to start doing or stop doing? But as soon as you get serious about making some changes in your life, he will fight you tooth and nail.
I like to use this method when I go to a retreat and cannot take my reference tools with me. Many people today do not know too much about the Old Testament. Your application should be provable — you must set up some sort of follow-up to check up on your success in doing it. Aiding the journey is a fictional story as well as brief Bible studies at the end of each chapter. Since God wants to change our lives through his Word, it is important to learn how to apply Scripture to our lives before learning any other methods of Bible study. Summary of Lessons Learned from His or Her Life The outstanding characteristic of Stephen was his commitment to the Lord and his willingness to do anything for him, including giving up his life.
Writing that down has enabled me to share that experience with others. The Biographical Method of Bible Study. The study Bibles include a general edition as well as versions designed for particular categories of people, such as men, women, teenagers, and people still in their spiritual search for God. Just enjoy the presence of God and fellowship with him. A set of word studies 4. Step Three Write Out an Application Write an application of the insights you have discovered through your meditation.
The form has a place for listing the chapter of the Bible you are studying and the 10 steps of this method. When evangelicals and charismatics bring together the best from each tradition, he has discovered that the result is a strong, unified body. The method you choose will depend on the literary style of the chapter and on your own preference. What was his attitude toward his executioners? You might also consider asking for these as Christmas or birthday gifts. Is there something here I can be thankful for? It is, in fact, a limited type of topical study. Bible study without application can be dangerous because knowledge puffs up.
Many Christians are not aware of the many excellent reference tools currently available to make personal Bible study possible and exciting. First Impressions and Observations 4. Possibly you are asking questions that God does not care to answer. It is obvious that until we know what a character quality is, we cannot avoid it or develop it. The Importance of the Topical Study The Topical Method is important for the following reasons: 1. Feeling has nothing to do with living the Chris tian life, for feelings come and go. You should not be afraid of using reference tools, for most of these books represent the lifelong studies of dedicated men of God.
Assignment Appendix D provides a list of the major and minor men and prominent women of the Bible. The more questions you ask about the text under study, the more you will get out of it. This helps a Bible student because a verse often deals with a topic without ever using the specific word. He hates doers of the Word. This is because they have not experienced the joy that comes from personally discovering truths from the Word of God. If you are serious about personal Bible study, you will want to acquire these tools regardless of cost. When you have learned this method of study, you will have opened the door to a lifetime of exciting, fulfilling Bible study.
One of the best ways to study the Old Testament is to study its people. He had a great testimony before others in the church. The more times you read a passage of Scripture, the more it will come alive to you. Biogr aphical Study Form 6. It will require some serious thinking, but we have tried to keep the procedures simple. This book is one means to help me do so.