How to Study the Bible
Mastering the Art of Studying the Bible
Review this week’s message.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. ...
John 1:1,14 NIV
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
… while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.
1 Corinthians 8:1 NLT
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22 NIV
I am sending [Onesimus]—who is my very heart—back to you. would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever—no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord. … If [Onesimus] has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self.
Philemon 1:12-16, 18-19 NIV
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering … But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV
If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 NIV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV
5 Different Ways to Approach the Bible
- You can start with a book of the Bible.
- You can study a person in the Bible.
- You can study a topic in the Bible.
- You can do a daily devotional or YouVersion Bible Plan.
- You caqn read through the whole Bible.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- What was your favorite subject in school? What made it interesting or exciting to you?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
- Which part of this message was most impactful for you and why? Is there anything you want to learn more about?
- Did you try a new approach to studying the Bible this week? How did it go?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Bible is meant to transform us, not just inform us. How have you seen this transformation in your own life?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
- Talk about the barriers that make it difficult for you to spend time in God’s Word. How can you help one another stay disciplined in reading the Bible this week?
- What are you most looking forward to as you plan how you’ll study the Bible this week? Talk about any new ways you plan on approaching the Bible.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Dear God, thank You for providing us with the Bible. When it’s hard to understand, please provide us with understanding. And when it’s hard to be consistent, please help us to keep pressing in. This week, would You help us know You better through reading the Bible? In Jesus’ name, amen
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Check out this five-step guide to reading and understanding the Bible at www.life.church/Biblestudy
- Start the Bible Plan, The Bible: Explained using Plans With Friends: www.go2.lc/theBible
- Consider how you could love others by serving on the weekend
(www.life.church/serving) or with a Local Mission Partner