How to Study The Bible

A person sitting at a desk studying the Bible.

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The Bible is definitely a unique book.

The Bible was authored by 40 different authors throughout history under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

The holy words in the pages of the Bible can cure, heal, restore, and transform any soul. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says,

“All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

You’ve taken the most significant step of your life by wanting to get started to study the Word of God

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How To Study The Bible

Choose a Book

The Bible is quite long. In fact, there are 66 books in the Bible.

Most people like to begin with the New Testament, but feel free to start from the Old Testament!

If you decide to start with the New Testament, we recommend you start with the Gospels.

Related: What Is The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Gospel books are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.

You should expect to spend a few weeks studying the book you have chosen.

Pray

“I don’t understand this!” is one of the most common complaints from Christians when they first start to study the Bible.

Before you start your Bible study, begin with a prayer asking God to guide you so that you can see and hear what God wants you to see and hear from His Word. 

Psalm 119:130 tells us,

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

Psalm 119:130

Read The Book and Take Notes

Start to read through the chapters of a book fully and read it several times until you get familiar with the chapters, themes, and verses. 

Always have a notebook and pen while studying the Bible. 

You can even find Bible study sheets online that you can download and fill out.

Make a note on the ideas which pop up through your mind while reading the Bible. 

It’s a good idea to jot down any ways you can apply the teachings to your life.

Below are some questions that you can ask yourself to help you study the book you chose.

(1) Who wrote this book? 

(2) Who was the audience? 

(3) Where was it written? 

(4) When was it written? 

(5) For what purpose was this book written for? 

(6) What were the circumstances of the author at the time of writing? 

(7) What were the circumstances of the audience? 

(8) What glimpses does the book give into the life of the author? 

(9) What are the leading ideas of the book? 

(10) What is the central truth of the book?

(11) How do the teachings apply to my life?

Apply and Obey the Word

God expects us to be a doer of the Word rather than study them for the sake of studying. 

In Luke 11:28, Jesus said,

“But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” 

Luke 11:28

When we start to apply what we have studied, it starts to transform our thoughts, mind, soul, and character. 

If God speaks to you through Scripture, make sure to apply them in your life to see a new version of yourself. 

Once you are done with one book, repeat the same for the rest of the books. 

Make it a top priority in your life to read and study the Bible because it has the power to change anyone!

We hope you have a blessed day.

If you’re looking to study the Bible for the first time and you don’t own one, consider buying a Bible from one of the resources below:

The Jerusalem Gift Shop has a very unique Bible that is made with olive wood.

Also, The American Bible Society has a wide variety of Bibles.

Other great places to purchase Bibles include:

Be sure to check them out!

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