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Mr. & Mrs. Smith
To understand the Bible you must get to know its characters,
understand its setting and follow its plot.

Attitude towards Bible Study


1. Be hungry for the Words of God that ye may be filled.
2. Remember the 3P’s:
    Before: Pray that your eyes and ears be opened, so that you are neither blinded or hard of hearing to what God’s Word has to say.
    During: Pray when a scripture is unclear for wisdom and understanding.
    After: For Gods help and guidance in applying His Word to your life.

What & How to Study

1. The whole Bible. (Example: 1/2/4/5)
2. A whole Book or groups of Books from the Bible. (Example: 1/2/3b,d/4/5)
3. A whole Chapter or group of Chapters. (Example: 1/2/3b,d/4/5)
4. A Passage. (Example: 1/3b,d/4/5)
5. A Verse or group of Verses. (Example: 1/3a,b,c,d/4/5)

Examples:
    1. Read it. (Read around it.)
    2. Make an outline. Example:
      I. Topic (1:1-5:24)
        A. Subject (1:1-2:23)
          1. Breakdown (1:1-1:15)
          2. of (1:16-2:2)
          3. Subject (2:3-2:23)
        B. New Subject (2:24-5:24)
          1. Breakdown (2:24-4:36)
          2. of Subject (4:37-5:24)
        II. New Topic (5:25-8:34)
          A. Subject (5:25-7:4)
            1. Breakdown (5:25-7)
            2. of Subject (7-8:34) (continue…)


3. Use: (a) Cross References/ (b) Topical Subjects/ (c) Word Studies / (d) Dictionary’s Examples: (Linking Verses) / (Topical Textbook) / (Concordances)

4. Culture - The People and how they lived.
History - Time lines.
Geography - Map it.

5. Write an essay to keep in a journal using the following questions and ideas above.
    Observations of what you have read.
    Does it mention who wrote the text?
    Who are the people written about?
    Where did it take place?
    What section is the book in?
    Who is talking/who is listening?
    When was it written?
    What is the purpose of the writing? History/Present Day/Future

Interpretation of what you have read

    What is the meaning?
    How is it used in other parts of the Bible?
    How does it compare in other versions?
    How did the historical, sociological situation, and geographical situation affect the text?
    What did this passage teach about human nature?
    Did it have anything to say about sin/redemption/salvation?
    What can be learned from the people in the passage?
    Were there instructions leading to promises of a better life for me?

Applying what you have learned

    How did I get to know God better or what did I learn/discover about God through His Word?
    What does what I read have to do with my life?
    What did I learn or find in the Scriptures?
    How can I apply what I have learned from reading Gods letter to my life to bring me closer to God?

    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

    (Ecclesiastes 12:12) (1 Thessalonians 4:11)