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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 studying the bible, I did not have all those tools.
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.
So, I am going to share with 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.
Using your downloaded bible study sheet,
Example: Psalms 46: 1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble"
Document your personal observations about the scripture
Highlight all critical words. Exclude names and places for this method
Finally, using an English Dictionary, define each highlighted word
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."
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.
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:
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.
I often use this easy and creative bible study method at the beginning of every bible study for more clarity.
Hope you enjoy using it too.