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Bible Study Part Two
Let me continue with some techniques I use to do my personal Bible study.
May God bless you all!
Journals or Insight Logging
One of the simplest and easiest forms of Bible study is the journal entry, or daily insight log, that you can keep in your own notebook, perhaps kept by date. It starts with a consistent daily Bible reading program. Some folks read a chapter a day. Some read a certain number of pages, others read based on a schedule so that they can read the entire Bible in a year. If you do not have a consistent Bible reading program, may I suggest a chapter a day. By dong at least a chapter a day, you can read through the entire Bible in three years, three months, and three days (starting on January 1st).
Go expecting to find something new every day. Pray before and after you read. As you read, quietly ask yourself, "Is there anything here for me today?". I suggest that you have a series of questions or topics, perhaps as a written list, in front of your notebook. Items might include:
How do I worship?
How do I respond to my wife/husband/kids?
How do I witness?
How do I handle a bad request from my boss?
How do I discipline my kids?
How do I pray?
As you read, you will begin to find that God will cause some of the verses that you read to JUMP OUT at you. As you record the insight or verse, select a key word that is associated with it and write it in bold in the margin.
As you can see by the sample page above, over time, a person can accumulate a lot of special personal insights into Scripture as you diligently read and expect God to open His Word to you on a daily basis. At a later time, you may want to organize these insights into categories, or you may make them the subject or springboard for additional studies or talks.
Doctrinal Searches or Subject Studies
A doctrinal search is very much like a word search, except it is expanded from a word to a doctrinal issue or subject which often requires several words. For example, if we wanted to search out the subject of marriage, we might look up several words like husband, wife, marriage, home, single, children, Christ as our head, divorce, etc.
Although a doctrinal search can take longer than a word search, it can be carried out just as easily using our six questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how. Once again, the only tool absolutely required is the concordance. Dictionaries and lexicons may help us find words references quicker, but only careful study of each verse will ultimately reveal the whole truth about a subject.
An example of a doctrinal search is examining the various names of the Lord and their meaning. We begin to learn the names of God, and therefore, His character and ways He interacts with His people.
Other important subjects to build doctrinal studies around are: the Trinity, salvation, personal holiness, creation, witnessing, and a lot of other topics.
The outline can be another simple, yet very useful, method of studying Scripture. An outline can be of a small section of Scripture, of an entire chapter, or of an entire book. Let's look at outlining a small section of Scripture which just happens to be a whole chapter as well.
the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth
in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2: But his delight
in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day
3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his
fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4: The ungodly
not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the
congregation of the righteous.
6: For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly
We start with separation of the phrases, concentrating on verbs and nouns.
Blessed is the man
in the counsel of the ungodly
in the way of sinners
in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight
is in the law of the LORD
and in his law
doth he meditate
And he shall
planted by the rivers of water
his fruit in his season
his leaf also
shall not wither
and whatsoever he
The ungodly are not so
which the wind
Therefore the ungodly
shall not stand
in the judgment,
nor sinners in the
congregation of the righteous
For the LORD
the way of the righteous
but the way of the ungodly
We can reduce this passage to a simple outline, and by doing so, capture the essence of the themes or major thoughts that are in the passage. Try doing this yourself.
- a series compilation