Updated: Feb 18
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When it comes to Bible study, so many people feel overwhelmed. In fact, some are so intimidated by the Bible that they do not even attempt to study it. If you fit into this category, or if you feel you are a failing in your effort to study, I want to encourage you to follow along and try the methods in the GRASP Bible Study training.
I want to start out by telling you there is no right or wrong way to study God's Word. The secret is to find what works for you. It will take a little trial and error, but keep adjusting until you are happy with the results.
The key to Bible study is to start out in prayer. Ask for God to reveal His Word to you and to give you understanding of the text.
Book Study 101
A Book Study will help you find out:
Who wrote the book
When the book was written
To whom it was originally written
What type of book it is (historical, letter, etc.)
What are the major events in the book
What are the important themes
Who are the main characters
All of this information can be found in a good study Bible, or through good online resources. (Biblehub.com, BibleGateway.com, Bible.com, and BlueLetterBible.com are a few good choices) The GRASP Bible Study book has multiple pages that are excellent for recording this information. Click here for ordering information.
3 Examples of a Book Study
There are several directions you can choose to do a Book Study. You may want to break it down chapter by chapter or even verse by verse. As you read, write down observations about what is being said. Research to find what is meant by the portion you are studying. Ask yourself how it connects with the rest of the Bible. It is often helpful to look at different versions of the Bible to better understand the meaning of the text. Sometimes I will browse through several versions. I find it helps me get the gist of what is being said.
"To begin, set all intimidation aside. Open the Bible and focus on your time with God. You may have tried multiple times and failed, but there is no wrong way to study the Bible, the important part is that you do it." (Taken from GRASP Bible Study)
Partial Book Study:
This Book Study is taken from several chapters in Genesis. The gist of each chapter is recorded in a few sentences.
Historical Book Study:
This Book Study is taken from 1 & 2 Corinthians. It gives background information of the city of Corinth as well as what we take away from each book.
Overview Book Study:
This Book Study gives an overview of the entire book of Exodus. It focuses on three themes found in the book as well.
Organization is key in Bible study. The GRASP Bible Study book also has several pages that will assist in breaking down a chapter. You can combine the guided pages to get a better understanding of what is being said. Do not get in a hurry but take your time as you walk through a book.
God's Word is powerful. As you pray for guidance and understanding, you will discover Bible study is your favorite thing!