Several basic suggestions for effective Bible study:
Recognize your dependence upon the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the significance of spiritual truth.
Set aside a consistent time for Bible study and prayer.
Determine to read the Bible systematically.
Carefully study the passage:
- Each book has a specific point that is being argued.
- A proper understanding of that point helps you to understand how it fits into the big picture of Scripture.
- Understanding the point of the book, and how it fits into the big picture helps us be more careful with applications.
- Understand that some of the books are not organized chronologically.
- Utilizing language tools will enhance your understanding of the Scriptures.
- Look up key words:
- Ask important questions
- Who is being addressed?
- Why is he being addressed?
- How does this fit into the overall argument of this book?
- What events have led up to this being written?
- What events are being anticipated as this is being written?
- What was God’s specific intended purpose to His audience at that time in that context?
- How does this God intended purpose have direct application to me today?
- How does this God intended purpose apply to me in principle to me today?
- What does this teach me about God?
- What does this teach me about mankind?
- How does God want me to be obedient to Him in my thoughts?
- How does God want me to be obedient in my actions?
- What Bible doctrine is this passage teaching?
- What other passages develop this doctrine more fully?
- How does this promise impact my life?
- How does this example impact my life?
- Have I taken this passage further than God’s Word allows?
Specifically and responsibly apply the passage in light of your Bible study.
Obey God’s word.