Other Bible Study Methods
Major Chapters of the Bible
If studying a whole book of the Bible seems overwhelming, you might prefer to start with one of the great chapters of the Bible. This can provide some variety for you also. Here are a few suggestions:
|I Corinthians 13||Matthew 5|
|Luke 15||John 17|
|Isaiah 53||Hebrews 11|
|2 Peter 1||Isaiah 58|
|Psalm 1||Psalm 91|
|Psalm 46||Exodus 20|
|John 1||1 Corinthians 15|
Use the same methods as studying the Bible Book by Book.
A Bible concordance (a book with an index of all words found in the Bible arranged alphabetically) would be helpful for studying Bible words. Focus on significant biblical words. For starters here are some suggestions: grace, kindness (in relation to God), forgiveness, faith.
How was the idea of "redemption" used in the Old Testament and what might it mean in relation to Jesus? The Bible is full of metaphors from everyday life that have been used to describe spiritual realities. You will be blessed as you dig into their deeper meaning.
A profitable method of study is to research into the lives of Bible characters. You might study about Peter, John, Andrew or the patriarch Abraham or one of the kings. Again a Bible Concordance would be helpful to discovering all the passages that tell something about the character and personality of your chosen study project.
Studying the great themes of Scripture can be a very profitable study project. What does the Bible say about the second coming of Jesus, who was Jesus, prayer, and faith?
There is great value in memorizing some of the verses or even chapters that have meant so much to God's people through the years. You might combine this with your Bible reading.
For starters there are some you probably already know by heart: John 3:16, Psalm 23, 1 John 1:9, John 1:12. But you might want to add additional passages like Psalm 1, 63, 91, The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). You can also select from your Bible reading or the great chapters above. Write the passage out on a 3X5 or similar card so it is available for easy review. All it takes is repetition.
It's also helpful to study the Bible with other seekers. Often you can benefit from the thinking of different minds as all focus on a common passage or topic of Scripture. Usually a group uses a study guide so the group can study in advance of the group session..
Our church offers several options for group study of scripture for children, teens and adults. The children's classes are age appropriate. All groups offer study guides.
Find the method that works for you. But spend time with God's Word which is the guide for LIFE.