Bible Study Tips
1. Pray before beginning your study.
2. Choose a topic that interest you and set aside a time for study as well as a window of study. You will see satisfactory results.
3. Have the necessary tools before beginning: pens, notebook, a study bible, dictionary, concordance, etc.
4. Choose a quiet place or a time of day that offers little to no distractions.
5. Never approach your study with your own ideas. Always go seeking His.
6. Exegete! Exegete! Exegete! Read out of the text. Never read into the text what you want it to say. Let it speak to you.
7. If you prefer team study choose your partner carefully. Select a person with the same level of sincerity as yourself.
8. Leave each study session prayerfully.
9. Meditate on what you studied. This will help you to digest what you have learned.
10."Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
Now put what you have learned to work! Share your new found knowledge.
The Value of Bible Study
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". II Timothy 2:15
"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word". Psalm 119:9
For this reason alone, the value of Bible study cannot be over estimated. The Bible broadens the mind, clears the vision, and elevates the thoughts. It solves the great problems of life and answers questions concerning man's destiny.
It sets the example of giving instruction and imparting values. Many a lost man has found his way through the directions given to him by the Bible.
Are you lost? The Bible gives clear directions. Are you lonely? The Bible will point you to a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Do you have questions? The Bible has answers.
The Difference Between Reading and Studying
Reading is simply observing what is written for the purpose of getting information. We read to be informed.
Studying is meditating on what is written for the purpose of getting understanding. To meditate means to think, dwell on and ponder. This takes time, work and discipline. It is much more involved than reading. Effective study is systematic.
Two keys to effective Bible Study: Be systematic and be consistent.
A system is an orderly way of doing things. This is necessary so that the Bible student will not become confused and give up. Consistent means to do something regulary. It leaves no room for hit and miss behavior.
Instruction the Berean Way
Line Upon Line
Precept Upon Precept
Join the "Bereans" for Bible Study every 1st, 2nd, and 5th Tuesday night @ 7:30 P.M.