How To Study Your Bible Precept Upon Precept

How To Study Your Bible Precept Upon Precept

Choose a book of the Bible to study.

Choosing which book to study is an important decision. Some books are longer than others, some have more difficult concepts, and some are easier to understand. You should choose a book that is not too long or short and not too boring, difficult or easy.

Decide how long you will spend in the Word each day and when.

It is important to choose a schedule that works for you. It does not have to be the same every day of your life, but it should be something that you can maintain long-term. For example, one person may decide that they will read their Bible for 30 minutes every morning before they start their day and another may only read their Bible before going to sleep at night because they have difficulty keeping up during the day. If your schedule is not working, don’t be afraid to change it! We all need an occasional break from our normal routine.

If you are feeling burnt out or overwhelmed when studying your Bible this way, then take some time off from doing so! Don’t wear yourself out trying something new if it feels like too much effort right now; just take a break and resume later when God has refreshed your heart and strengthened resolve in His Word once again.

Get yourself a notebook.

In order to get the most out of this study, you will need a notebook. An everyday notebook will do just fine, but if you want something that looks nicer on your shelf, go ahead and splurge on one of those leather ones.

The notebook is where you’ll be taking notes during this study. (If you don’t know how to take good notes yet, start by reading our blog post “How To Take Notes That Make You Look Smart.”) As you read through each chapter of the book, jot down any thoughts or questions that come to mind as well as anything interesting or helpful in what you’re reading. By keeping track of these things throughout your studies—instead of just storing them all up in your brain—you’ll have them available when it comes time for review!

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You can also keep track of the answers and prayers God gives you while studying His Word in the same place: write them down! Writing down prayers helps us remember them better than just asking silently; plus it’s a great way for other people who may pray for us come know what’s going on in our lives and hearts at any given moment. It also creates a record for God himself so He knows what we’ve asked Him about over time (and even though He already knows everything we’re thinking 24/7 anyway).

Read the Inductive Study Approach.

You can use the inductive study approach to get the most out of your Bible reading. Inductive Bible study involves reading books in chronological order and observing how they relate to each other. This will help you see things more clearly and understand the flow of history throughout Scripture. For example, if you take every book in a particular genre, then you can better understand how all those books relate to each other:

  • Genesis = Creation (Genesis 1-2)
  • Exodus = Deliverance (Exodus 3-15)
  • Leviticus = Laws and Holiness (Leviticus 1-17)
  • Numbers = Census/Migrations (Numbers 1-20) etc…

Read through the book of your choice, writing down all key words in bold print.

Read through the book of your choice, writing down all key words in bold print. Then read it again and do the same thing. If there are any passages that you think are especially good or helpful, highlight them. Be sure to look up any words you don’t understand so that you will be able to understand them throughout this study process.

Be sure to note how many times each word is used—this will help you know if it’s a key word or not. A good example of this would be if there was a passage highlighted and then there were 5 other places where that same word was used but it wasn’t highlighted—it may not be as important as another verse where only one reference was made with no other references following after it (and maybe even those first two were included).

As you read, write down any questions that come to mind about what you are reading.

As you read, write down any questions that come to mind about what you are reading. Questions can include:

  • What does this passage mean?
  • How does this apply to my life?
  • Why is this important for me to know?
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This list could be short or very long depending on how much time you have available, but the idea is just to get started and make sure that you are thinking about what it means as opposed to simply reading through the passage without making any connections with your own life.

Find out who wrote the book, what was happening when it was written, and to whom it was written.

In order to best understand what the author is trying to say, it’s important to know who wrote the book, when it was written and for whom. This will help you better understand the context.

  • Who wrote it: Find out if an apostle (Matthew, Mark, Luke), a prophet (Isaiah) or an unknown writer like Paul.
  • When it was written: Some books were written during Jesus’ lifetime while others were written much later by his followers concerning events they had witnessed or heard about first hand.
  • To whom did they write: Certain things were written specifically for Jews while other things were meant just for Christians in general who lived at that time period and place where they wrote their letter or epistle.

Read through your book a second time, noting verses that you do not understand or agree with and anything that stands out to you as important or significant.

As you read your book a second time, there are several things to consider:

  • The context of the verse. In what context does this verse appear? Is it part of a narrative or a psalm? Does it stand out as an introduction or conclusion to something else?
  • Historical context. What were the circumstances in which the author wrote this particular passage? Who was he writing to and why did he choose those words at that time in history?
  • Literary context. What kind of literary form is this book using (for example, narrative, poetry or prophecy)? How does each section contribute to the overall message being conveyed by that particular genre/form of writing.* Theological context. What theological conclusions can be drawn from reading these verses together with others throughout Scripture on similar topics (e.g., salvation). This could include studying various interpretations from scholars who have studied these passages before you.* Cultural/social implications: How do these verses fit into our own cultural identity today as believers living in America in 2019—what do they mean for us as followers of Jesus Christ; what do we need to understand about our culture and its relationship with religion before we can apply this information appropriately within our own lives today?
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Write down any insights (new truths), answers to prayer (Wisdom), changes in divine perspective (Love), or personal revelation God gives you during your study time.

You can write down any insights (new truths), answers to prayer (Wisdom), changes in divine perspective (Love), or personal revelation God gives you during your study time. Write it all down! Write down the date and time, the scripture reference, and also any context that might help you understand what you’re reading.

The Bible has so much power to encourage and speak into our lives!

The Bible is God’s Word. It is His love letter to us, written by many different authors in many different genres over thousands of years. The Bible contains the history of God’s people and their relationship with Him throughout the centuries right up until today. It also contains stories which show us how we are supposed to live our lives, most notably Jesus’ own life and teachings.

The Bible has so much power to encourage and speak into our lives! The Psalms are full of praise for God’s goodness; Proverbs gives us wisdom on how we should live; Romans explains who Jesus was and why He came; Titus teaches about what it means for a Christian woman to have dignity as well as respect from her husband; 1 Corinthians tells us about spiritual gifts given by God through the Holy Spirit for use by believers for building up each other in Christ’s body (the church).

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