How To Study the Bible: A 'Do It Yourself' Guide Awaits You

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Congratulations!

You've made the decisions to learn how to study the bible effectively. So now what? Lots of people yearn for more of God and would like to do a bible study for themselves but not many take action!

You’ve surpassed those hindrances and have decided that you’re up for the challenge.

Welcome to your very own bible study “how to” manual.


Why study the bible you ask ...?

Well apart from the basic reasons, there’s a few more that I just have to add:

  1. This first reason ( I’m ashamed to admit) is somewhat selfish. Simple: There’s a joy – more like euphoria – that comes with personally discovering the truths found in the Word and I just want you to experience it for yourself. It might not happen the first time, but give it a spell, it will happen! And when it does …that feeling right there …is addictive!
  2. Studying helps us to grow: Ephesians 5:26 says “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” (KJV). As it was done in the tabernacle of the old testament, Paul stated that we are washed by the Word of God. As we see the bible in a new light and as the Word convicts us, it begins to change us. Transformation takes place, and growth begins as we see ourselves in God’s word.
  3. No more blinded eyes: Once we are willing and yielded vessels God will begins to unveil our eyes and show us areas that we have been in error of his word.
  4. The power of God: It’s impossible to have soo much word inside of you and have no faith! So your faith will begin to strengthen and as it does, you will believe God for the impossible and the power of God will be reflected in your life and walk with him.

What is Studying?

This article will help you understand what studying means but in brief you can look at study in three ways:

  1. Digging deep and unraveling biblical truths found in God's Word
  2. Scriptural Memorization
  3. Scriptural Meditation

Doing each separately, is wonderful for spiritual nourishment but combining all three is the best way to really get the full impact of studying. For what use will it be to learn how to study the bible, just unravel God's word, document it on paper and leave it there to gather dust while we go on to another bible study?

The real reason for bible study is for you and I to grow right? Growth begins when the Word abides, takes root, and makes changes. This happens when we add memorization and meditation and of course application to the mix!

Let's do things right the first time

I firmly believe that once you get a hang of doing your own bible studies and tasting the sweetness of each meal that is prepared; you will never be satisfied with secondhand information ever again!

So I promise to teach you how to study the bible; but I would like you to promise me one thing, that you will stick with it.

Agreed?

Ok. Let’s go.

You’ve already laid the bible study groundwork by:

Now you are all primed and ready with your notebook to get this party started!  Just one second …

To do this right a little more preparation is needed.

I can hear you now…Awww!!! Come on Joan…really??! …the anticipation is killing me. When are we going to get started already?!

Lol.

I get your excitement. But doing these bible study preparations will have you doing your personal bible study right the first time so please take a few minutes to briefly read through each link before getting started.

Preparing for bible study: Bible Preparation Toolkit

how to bible study

  1. Why prepare for bible study?
  2. Got Hunger?
  3. Make Your Vision Plain
  4. Set a bible study time
  5. Create a bible study schedule
  6. Find your ideal place
  7. Set the atmosphere
  8. Prepare your heart

How To Study the Bible For Beginners

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