Bible Study Method

I haven’t had time to do much of anything throughout August except get moved into our new house in Cordova (a Memphis suburb). I still have in mind to make a post, or a few posts, on the story of the church.

However, someone shared a Bible study method that I want to share with you. All of us could use some “pop” put back into our love for the Scriptures every now and then. This was an interesting technique for studying 1-3 verses a day and making sure that you’re getting some real spiritual food every day.

First, you’ll need a journal for this. Don’t wait to get started until you get around to buying a journal, though! Use a piece of paper. Don’t let a purchase stop you from building yourself up in God’s Word.

1. Pray (of course)
2. Write the whole verse out. Don’t skip this step. There is benefit to it.
3. Write the words “who, what, when, where, why, how.”
4. Highlight repeated words in the verse. Matthew, the person who suggested this method, uses different colored highlighters to mark each word that is repeated with a different color. He suggested using different shapes (circle, diamond, square, oval) if you don’t have highlighters (or crayons, which I prefer to highlighters).
5. Write three questions about the verse. Use the question words from step 3 to help you create the question, as well as taking note of the repeated words. For example, “Why does God emphasize and repeat the word ‘truth’ in Jn. 8:32?” Or, “How does truth set us free?”
6. How should this humble me?

The last point was very interesting to me, and Matthew cited Deut. 8:1-15 to point out that God’s commands and God’s dealings with us are meant to humble us. I recommend looking at those verses.

Gotta go!

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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