"All scripture is inspired
by God (God-breathed) and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for
every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16,17
"Be diligent to present
yourself approved to God As a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling
accurately the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.
Choose a short time
each day or a longer period of time each week for study. Make and
appointment with God and stick with it.
Select a place
where you can keep your Bible, notebook, pencil, dictionary, and any other study
material together. That way you won't have to look for every thing each
time you study.
Develop a plan for
what you are going to study. If you are new to Bible study I suggest that
you try this method on small book of the Bible. However, at some point in our
growth, a Christian should take on the challenge of studying through the entire
Bible. This method can be used to accomplish even a task that size.
Satan does not want you to
study God's Word and he will try to discourage and distract
you. Even your own human nature will resist he discipline study takes, so
you'll need to seed God's help in persevering from the start. Don't give
Satan the victory and don't give in to sinful desires like laziness or lack
of discipline. even if you slack off for awhile, keep going and be
determined to start back. If you want learn God's Word, it's going
to take time and determination.
time before you start to study, asking the Holy Sprit to open your understanding
and to help you apply what you learn to your life.
for guidance to find answers to difficult passages.
Select a passage of Scripture
that's manageable for the time you have - the method I'll describe works best
with one chapter or a portion of a chapter at a time. I'd suggest
beginning with some of the smaller books of the Bible.
General hints that often
help in Bible study (they will help you recall your study when you return to the
the main people in the passage.
Put a ?
by words or phrases you don't understand.
Put a !
by verses that are new and Ex. citing to you.
Now it's time to get out your
Bible and note and begin.
from the American Tract Society "7 Practical Principles of Bible
Study" by Victoria Johnson, Special thanks to