Phil’s Personal Bible Study Suggestions.

Reading and re-reading 1 book of the Bible for several months is my favorite way to study the Bible. For those just starting out I recommend starting with the Gospel of John, Genesis, Philippians, or Romans. A very good, and free, source for notes that can help explain thing you don’t understand about the Bible can be found at: http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm

Here is how I typically work my way through passages of the Bible.

 

Step 1. Understand What The Passage Is Saying

Read a chapter or section of scripture carefully and prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to make the truth clear.  Summarize each paragraph looking for things that are repeated, things that are alike, things that contrast, and things that are emphasized.

Go deeper by answering the questions:

1. Where are things happening?

2. Who is involved?

3. When is the action/argument taking place?

4. What is happening in this section?

5. How is God working?

6. Why does God want us to know about this?

Step 2. Understand What The Passage Means

Answer the questions:

  1. What do I learn about God in this passage?
  2. What do I learn about myself in this passage?
  3. What are the truths that stand out to me in this passage?

Step 3. Prayerfully ask,  “What Does God Want Me to Do?”

Answer the questions:

  1. What does this passage tell me about God?
  2. What does this passage tell me about living for God rather than myself?

Go deeper by asking:

  • Is there an example for me to follow?
  • Is there a sin for me to avoid?
  • Is there a promise I can be assured by?
  • Is there a prayer I can be praying?
  • Is there an attitude I need to change?
  • Is there a command for me to obey?

Step 4. Pray.

Adoration: Praise God for what this reveals about him.

Confession: Repent for wrong behavior, and wrong attitudes and thank God for Christ’s grace to forgive and cleanse you.

Thanksgiving: Thank God for His amazingly faithful love and kindness.

Supplication:  Ask for God’s will to be done in specific challenges in the lives of others,in our city and/or around the world.

Additional Tools

Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks

30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders

 

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