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Five Principles of Bible study

  • Ask the right questions.
  • Write down what you observe and discover.
  • Apply your discovery to your life and thoughts.
  • Study the Bible systematically.
  • Strive to exhaust the passage you are studying.


Bible Study Tools in Order of Importance

  • Translation of the Bible
  • Concordance
  • Dictionary
  • Bible Dictionary
  • Commentary


Methodical Bible study

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and insight.
  • Make observations by asking questions.
  • Seek answers from the scripture and then tools in order of importance.
  • Apply the scripture to your life.


Questions to Ask When Studying the Bible

  • What is the historical setting?
  • What is the literary form?
  • What are the key words?
  • What important grammatical structure do I observe?
  • What is the tense of the verbs?
  • Is there something contrasted?
  • Is there a paradox?
  • Is the passage dependant on a preceding passage?
  • Ask six questions: What? Who? Where? When? Why? and How?


Application of a Bible Passage

  • Is there a promise to claim?
  • Is there a command to obey?
  • Is there a sin to confess?
  • Is there a teaching to absorb?


Common Pitfalls of Youth Studying the Bible

  • Looking past the obvious for the hidden.
  • Failure to consider the historical in rushing to application.
  • Narrow vision. (All scripture is true all the time.)
  • Lack of discernment as to what is cultural and what is eternal.
  • Lack of respect for God’s Word. (God’s Word means what it means, regardless of our beliefs or opinions.)
  • Superstitious approach to God’s Word.

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