3 Creative Ways To Study The Bible Using An English Dictionary

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Alright.

Let me tell you a secret.

You do not need famous tools to have a great time with bible study. Yes, I know, you've heard everyone harping about the wonders of amazing bible study tools and the list of ways they can help you dig deeper into the word. I am guilty of similar articles myself.

But the truth is, when I began to study the bible, I did not have all that. I was tight on funds. 

All I had was a normal bible and Google. So I figured out creative bible study methods to do what I enjoyed on a budget.

I am going to show you my trick.

Using these 3 tips, you can start studying the bible today with a tool you probably already have at your fingertips - an English Dictionary.

Step 1: Get A Broader Understanding Using Definitions

Here's how:

Using your downloaded bible study sheet,

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    Note the Scripture Verse

    Example: Psalms 46: 1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble"

    Observe

    Document your personal observation and summarizations about the scripture

    Highlight

    Highlight all critical words. Exclude names and places for this method

    Define

    Finally, using an English Dictionary, define each highlighted word

    Summarize

    Just by noting the meaning, we can now see that "God is not only our shelter from danger, but with Him we have the capacity to withstand great forces of pressure and His help is precise, and fully focused on offering any needed resources and services in moments of difficulty."

    Step 2: Explore As You Study The Bible

    There may be more exploration needed as you study. I prefer to dig a little deeper, finding the definitions of any additional words that might surface when using the first step.

    Using your note sheet- as you've done before - highlight any words that need more clarity.

    From the example above: "very" was defined as "precise"

    Now, I'll find the English definition of the word "precise"

    Precise: [marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail.]

    Now we know that God's help is [ marked by exactness and accuracy of expression and detail]. 

    Armed with this definition, we have discovered that:

    "God is not only our shelter from danger, but with Him we have the capacity to withstand great forces of pressure and His help is precise [ marked by exactness and accuracy of expression and detail], and fully focused on offering any needed resources and services in moments of difficulty."

    All this we got from Psalms 46: 1!

    I love this creative way to study the bible. 

    I hope you can see its usefulness and ability to offer exceptional clarity.

    Step 3: Apply A Practical Twist

    This final step allows us to put a practical spin on what we've learned in Steps 1 and 2, looking now at the class of the word [ e.g. verbs, adjective, adverb]. 

    I used the English Dictionary to help bring some clarity to the word "trust" found in Psalms 125: 1 "They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for-ever"

    When I did, I found:

    • to place confidence in or to be confident
    • to commit or place in one's care
    • to stay, go, or do something without fear or misgiving
    • to rely on the truthfulness, strength, ability or accuracy of

    Then, looking at the class of word: "trust" is a verb - an action word.

    I personalized this to mean continuous action on my part.

    What I concluded was that trust, being an action word, means that it must not be offered only sporadically but we must show our trust daily to God, as well as our loved one, through our actions.

    I noted this in the "Practical Application" section of the note sheet.

    Conclusion

    I often use this easy and creative bible study method when beginning every bible study to get more clarity.

    Hope you enjoy using it too.

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