Helps for your study

READ IT . . . READ IT . . .  READ IT . . . READ IT (Yes!  Repeated readings!!)  then LISTEN (even to several different translations) as well.  Wonderful audio recordings are available at Bible Gateway (simply select the passage you’re studying and find the little speaker icon).  You’ll be amazed at what you HEAR that you missed while you were READING!


Ten Strategies to First-Rate Reading – Learn to read:

  1. Thoughtfully
  1. Repeatedly
  1. Patiently
  1. Selectively
  1. Prayerfully
  1. Imaginatively
  1. Meditatively
  1. Purposefully
  1. Acquisitively
  1. Telescopically



Step One:            Write out a Chapter Summary

Step Two:            List Your Observations

Step Three:        Ask Interpretation questions

Step Four:           Correlate Your Chapter with Other Scriptures

Step Five:            List some possible applications

Step Six:               Write Down some concluding thoughts

Step Seven:        Write Out One Application

What to look for in a chapter analysis study

  1. Ask the six vital observation questions: What?  Why?  When?  How?  Where?  Who?
  2. Look for key words
  3. Look for repeated words and phrases
  4. Look for questions being asked
  5. Look for answers being given
  6. Look for commands
  7. Look for warnings
  8. Look for comparisons – things that are alike
  9. Look for contrasts – things that are different
  10. Look for illustrations
  11. Look for causes and effects and reasons for doing things
  12. Look for promises and their conditions for fulfillment
  13. Look for progression from the general to the specific
  14. Look for progression from the specific to the general
  15. Look for steps of progression in a narrative or biography
  16. Look for lists of things
  17. Look for results
  18. Look for advice, admonitions, and attitudes
  19. Look for the tone of the passage – emotional atmosphere
  20. Look for connectives, articles and prepositions
  21. Look for explanations
  22. Look for Old Testament quotes in the New Testament
  23. Look for the literary form
  24. Look for paradoxes
  25. Look for emphasis through the use of space – proportion
  26. Look for planned exaggerations or hyperboles
  27. Look at the grammatical construction of each sentence
  28. Look for the use of the current events of the times
  29. Look for the force of the verbs
  30. Look for anything unusual or unexpected

The above are just a few of the things you can look for in the observation step of your Bible study.  Don’t let this long list discourage you.  You shouldn’t try to do each one of the suggested items.  It will take time for you to get into the habit of seeing more and more things in the text.  The more you practice observing, the more alert you will become.

So remember:  look, search, observe, then write your findings down!



Step One:     Write out the verse; copy straight from the text

Step Two:      Personal paraphrase of the verse

Step Three:   Questions & Answers (if you have immediate answers) from that verse

Step Four:     Cross References (use a concordance)

Step Five:      Insights

Step Six:        Personal Application


Emphasize – Paraphrase – Personalize


Emphasize words in the passage under study.  Read through a verse aloud several times, each time emphasizing a different word, and watch new meanings develop.  For instance, let’s look at Philippians 4:13.  As you mediate on this verse, emphasize the words as follows:

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

You will get 10 different meanings from this verse as you go through and emphasize a different word each time.


Paraphrase the passage under study.  Take the verse or passage you are studying and rephrase it in your own words.  As you think on it, use contemporary words and phrases to express timeless biblical truths.  The Living Bible and Eugene Peterson’s The Message are two examples of paraphrases in Scripture.


Personalize the passage you are studying.  This can be done by putting your name in place of the pronouns or nouns used in Scripture.  For example, John 3:16 would read, “For God so loved (your name) that he gave his one and only Son that if (your name) believes in him, (your name) will not perish but have eternal life.


Is there a(n)

  • Attitude to adjust?
  • Promise to claim?
  • Priority to change?
  • Lesson to learn?
  • Issue to resolve?
  • Command to obey?
  • Activity to avoid or stop?
  • Truth to believe?
  • Idol to tear down?
  • Offense to forgive?
  • New direction to take?
  • Sin to confess?
  • Example to follow?


MINDING YOUR P’s and Q’s and C’s in Bible Study

PASSAGE FOR STUDY: _______________________________________________________________

  1. What is the POINT of the passage?
  1. Where is this thought found in PARALLEL passage(s)?
  1. What are the PROBLEMS in this passage?
  1. What are some PRACTICAL applications for this passage?


Study a Quality

Step 1                   Name the quality

Step 2                   Name the opposite quality

Step 3                   Do a simple word study

Step 4                   Find some cross-references

Step 5                   Do a brief biographical study

Step 6                   Find a memory verse

Step 7                   Select a situation or relationship to work on

Step 8                   Plan a specific project

Step 9                   Write out a personal illustration




Chief Person

Choice Verse

Crucial Words


Cross References

Christ Seen

Central Lesson


What makes this Bible personality tick?

Step 1                   Select the Bible Person you want to study

Step 2                   Make a list of all the references about that person

Step 3                   Write down first impressions (first reading)

Step 4                   Make a chronological outline (second reading)

Step 5                   Get some insights into the person (third reading)

Step 6                   Identify some character qualities (fourth reading)

Step 7                   Show how other Bible truths are illustrated in the person’s life

Step 8                   Summarize the main lesson(s) from this person’s life

Step 9                   Write out a personal application (should be Personal, Practical, Possible, Provable)

Step 10                 Make your study transferable



2 comments on “Helps for your study

  1. Mike Grimes

    This is very good Deb. Will plan to use it. Thanks! ?. Mike G.

    1. Deb Baker

      Great Mike! Hope it will be helpful.

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