Studying the Bible is another very important discipline or habit every Christian needs to develop. Studying God’s Word helps us to know the Author more closely and prepares us to lead others in greater Bible knowledge.
When you study the Bible, get a notebook or use some electronic filing system such as Evernote to keep track of your study. You will want to reference your studies so that you can retrieve them later as you grow in your relationship with Christ. Here’s a sample plan for Bible study:
- Write down the passage you are studying, the date and what you hope to learn.
- Write down in your own words what this passage says.
- Write down what this passage means.
- Discover the historical context by finding out what was going on at the time.
- Discover the literary context by finding out what kind of literature this passage is. Is it historical narrative, poetry or song, prophecy, etc.?
- Determine the nature of the passage. Is it literal, figurative, allegorical, hyperbole, etc.?
- What is the Truth that God is teaching in this passage?
- Write down what this passage is telling you to do.
- Is this a commandment to by obeyed?
- Does it reveal a sin in my life for which I need to repent and correct?
- Is there a promise I need to claim?
- Is this a prayer I should pray?
- Is there an example to follow? (Go and do likewise)
- What actions will you take as a result of studying the passage?
Group study is equally important as personal study. Smaller groups tend to be more effective and personal. If you are not involved in a church, seek one that has small group Bible studies. Or you can start a Bible study in your home, work (on break or after hours), playground, or wherever. Invite someone you know who is well-grounded in the Bible with whom you can discuss its meaning and application.