How to Study the Bible Using a Simple Bible Study Method
Studying the Bible should be fun. On way to study the Bible is to use the "Favorite Verse" approach. Let me explain it to you. First you read a chapter of the Bible. Then you pause and think about what your favorite verse was in the chapter and then you underline that verse. Keep doing that for all the chapters that are in that book of the Bible. This can be done all in one sitting, or for larger books, over the course of a few days. Once you've finished the entire book then go back and look at all your underlines - one for each chapter. Really think about what you all time favorite verse was for the entire book based on the verses you underlined in each chapter. So, if you are studying the book of Philippians then you should have 4 favorite chapter verses, and 1 favorite book verse. Do this for the entire Bible and you'll have 1189 favorite chapter verses and 66 really favorite book verses for each book of the Bible. Imagine how valuable that Bible would feel to you after having invested so much time into it. And if you want to use this approach again to study the Bible then all you need to do is use a different color pen or highlighter. Try it out. It works best if you start with a new Bible with no underlines.
How to Study the Bible Consistently To Gain Understanding
Start by choosing a small book of the Bible, like the epistles of Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, Galatians, James, 1 John, etc. This Bible study method is done by reading one chapter at a time and then answering a simple question: What is the best verse in this chapter. A best verse is simply the verse that speaks to your heart the loudest. Underline what you consider to be the best verse in the chapter. Only underline one verse for each chapter - you'll have to think hard for some chapters that have many great verses. Do this for each chapter in the book until you finish the book. Now, go back and review all the best chapter verses that you've underlined. Which of these underlined verses is your all time favorite verse for the whole book? Circle that one verse for the book. So, if you were studying the book of James then you should have five favorite chapter verses and one favorite book verse. Do this for the entire Bible and eventually you'll have 1189 favorite chapter verses and 66 all time favorite book verses for each book of the Bible. Imagine how much you would adore that Bible. You could open it to any page and find an underline to remind you of your favorite verse for that day you were studying the Scriptures. That is a valuable Bible because you've invested so much time and thought into it. I get excited when I think about this method. It works best if you start with a new Bible. If you want to do this method a few times in a row you only need to change your pen / highlighter color and it will work again. Have fun!
Learn to Study the Bible by Andy Deane (ISBN 9781607915768)
Discover forty Bible study methods in one book. Add some variety to your Bible study time by trying out one of these simple Bible study plans. If you ever feel like you aren't getting everything out of God's word that He wants to give you - then maybe you need to organize your thoughts a bit more by using a Bible study approach. No method is perfect, but with 40 Bible study methods there are sure to be a few that work very well with you.
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