How to Study the Bible

How to – About Bible Study – An Aid

  1. Begin with prayer. Remember all Scripture is given by God. 2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
  2. Review this list. It will remind you of what you may need to look for when you read or study.
    1. Recognize comparisons. (even so, so, as, likewise, neither, nor.)
    2. Watch for contrasts. (but, however, rather)
    3. Look for purpose (that, in order that, because)
    4. Look for conclusions (therefore, wherefore, thus, so)
    5. Look for use of repetition and restatement
    6. Look for progression in logic (Psalm 1 walk, stand, sit and John 13:31 goes into John 14.)
    7. Look for summaries (Ties passages together)
    8. Recognize illustrations. (Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
    9. Look for explicit definitions (Ps. 109:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.)
    10. Observe grammar. Nouns, objects, verbs and tenses.
    11. Context – Gather data FROM THE BIBLE ALONE.
    12. Watch for the irony, exclamatory expressions = (states truth)
      1. Progression
      2. Illustration
      3. Command
      4. Promise
      5. Warning
    13. Get names, places and exact relationships clear in your mind.
    14. Look for who, what, when, where, why, how much, how many, how much, how fast. etc.
  3. End in prayer with Thanksgiving.

Marking Your Bible

COLORS = Limited Value
Red Blood, Salvation
Blue Heaven
Purple Royalty, Kinship
Green Hope, Eternal Life
Yellow Promise, Memory
_______ Underline
Heart Love
Music Note Songs
Cross Salvation
Triangle Therefore
Cf Compare with
Cfv Compare verse
Yoke Service
! Command