Guide to Effective Bible Study
GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE BIBLE STUDY
Conformity to Christ is a life long process which is
completed only when you pass into God's presence.
Bible study is a vital part of this process.
If you will:
Study God's Word faithfully
Pray for understanding
diligently apply Scriptures to your experience and daily walk
Your life will change and increasingly glorify God!
God's Word is able to satisfy the spiritually dry and thirsty.
You must study the Bible to draw out its truths.
You must personally apply these truths to your life.
CHARACTERISTICS OP BIBLE STUDY
1. Must be systematic and consistent
R. A. Torrey "Have some good system of Bible study
and follow it. System counts in everything, but it
counts more in study than in anything else, and it
counts more in Bible study than in any other form
2. Must be original investigation in the Bible itself.
go to the source itself
compare Scripture with Scripture
do not depend on what others have said about the Word
3. There must be a written reproduction of your findings.
"If you want to master the truths of Scripture, write
them down in your own words."
4. Must be personally applied to dally living
Scriptures are the means by which the Holy Spirit
changes our lives, but in this ministry. He needs our
5- Must be "Pass-on-able"
Teaching someone else how to study the Bible for
himself is far better than sharing what you have
received from your own study although this is
Personal Preparation for Bible study
The Bible can only be understood fully with the aid. of
the Holy Spirit.
1. A Cleansed Life – Confession
Refusing to deal with sin in your life breaks fellowship
Before beginning your Bible study stop and confess to
God any known sin.
2. Prayer for Illumination
Psalm 119:12, 18, 27, 35
teach me your decrees
open my eyes that I may see
let me understand the teaching of your precepts
then I will meditate
direct me in the paths of Your commands
3. Dependence- on the Holy Spirit
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding"
I Corinthians 2:12
4. Willingness to obey
The one who is willing to obey will receive God's
John 7:17 willingness to obey the truth
Act of seeing
Taking notice of things as they really are
The art of awareness
An open mind
A willing Spirit
This is necessary because whenever you guard
an area of your life, you hinder understanding.
Accurate observation is result of reading with
Reading until the Word jogs the mind and heart requires
RECORD WHAT YOU OBSERVE
Define important words and phrases.
Who Who are the people Involved?
What What happened? What ideas are expressed?
Where Where does this take place?
What is the setting?
When When did it take place?
What was the historical period?
Why did it happen?
What is the purpose?
How How are things accomplished?
By what method?
Seeks to clarify the meaning of a passage and help you
understand why the Holy Spirit included this portion in
One aspect of Interpretation is correlation – the process
of relating the passage under consideration to the rest of
the chapter, the whole book and other portions of Scripture.
Putting God's Word into practice in your life – recognizing
in the Scriptures their personal message to you and
The benefit is in obeying the voice of the Lord –
receiving what He says and putting it into practice.
Application is by intent!
Application begins with the willing acceptance of truth.
The right response to Scripture is characterized by:
Respond to God, not a rule book !
Our goal is to glorify God by pleasing Him in every area of
SPECK can help you apply the Word to your life !
S Is there SIN for me to avoid?
P Is there a PROMISE from God for me to claim?
E Is there an EXAMPLE for me to follow?
C Is there a COMMAND for me to obey?
K How can this passage increase my KNOWLEDGE about
God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit?
A. A title
Should fit the chapter – brief one or two words
Clearly identifies the passage's content
B Best verse of basic passage
Includes central message
Key to contents of the passage
Ask God to challenge your heart in a personal way
from some portion of what you are studying.
Your purpose now is to accept this challenge and
its truth in a definite way in your life.
State in your own words the truth of the verse,
Tell how this challenge applies to you
a. What needs it reveals in your life.
b. What shortcomings – transgressions or
neglects it Indicates.
c. What new appreciation or understanding it
Use "I", "me", "my", "Mine" in your writing, this
challenge is personal.
THEN: State clearly what you plan to do about it.
What specific action you will take to correct
To build the needed quality into your life
To increase your understanding of this truth
Choose something practical you can do in a week
(a short period) not a long term project.
REMEMBER to depend on the Holy Spirit who enable us
to grow in our Christian life.
Does it speak of anything you could not explain
to another person
Write down verse or passage and the question or
problem it raises in your mind – state the
specific difficulty it presents to you.
Summarize or outline passage
Record only what the passage says not what it
A brief condensation in summary
Divide passage – put a title or heading to
each section Outline
SPECIFIC THINGS TO OBSERVE
When you first read a passage, look for
the key words, those words which you think
are important in the passage.
Repetition of words will sometimes give
you a clue. Underline them in your Bible.
Be on the alert for the admonitions
Also note the promises and the encourage-
When you observe admonitions, see if
the writer gives you some reasons for
his advice. Or note if he sets forth
a cause-effect relationship – if you do
this, then this will happen. Often with
a warning, he will give possible results.
Make a special note of the way a writer
uses contrasts, comparisons, illustrations
to bring out his ideas. Comparison is
the association of things that are similar.
Contrast is the association of things that
are opposite, often introduced with "but".
Be on the alert for repetition of words,
Take special note of lists of Items or
Connectives are very Important in revealing
but – introduces a contrast
in, into, with – important connectives
The term "grammar" do doubt frightens
you, but even so, it is important to
note the grammatical construction of
some statements. Be on the alert for
the verbs and their tenses – for the
use of pronouns – for the use of adverbs
and adjectives and the way they describe
Note the general tone of a passage. It
may be characterized by the mood of Joy,
thanksgiving, concern, humility, zeal,
anger, caution. The tone of a passage
may vary as a writer moves from one idea
to another. The mood of a writer is
often revealed by the way he addresses
Also note the use he makes of emphatic
statements, words and phrases to reveal
Always note the literary form of a
passage – discourse, narrative, poetic,
dramatic, parabolic, apocalyptic.
Note the arrangement of the ideas in a
passage, the relationship of verses to
each other. Sometimes the author makes
a general statement, then explains it
with examples. Other times he may list
a series of ideas and then summarize
with a general statement.