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(Methods -- Materials)


Many would like to develop a habit for daily Bible study. There are several obstacles to this.

  1. The Bible is a big book. It is so large that many do not know where to begin.

  2. Life is too busy. I don’t have time to study the Bible.

  3. I can’t remember. When I do study the Bible, I soon forget what I have learned.

  4. I don’t have the books I need. Many think that they need a large library of books like a preacher has to study the Bible.

In this study we will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. How can I study the Bible alone? (methods)

  2. Where do I begin? (Topical study or book)

  3. How can I remember what I learn?

  4. What tools (books) will I need to buy?

  5. What kind of Bible will I need?
    Study Bibles will be discussed
    Various translations will be studied


1. Methods - Time and Periods of Study


A. Daily

1] Early morning

2] Bedtime

B. Periodically

1] During breaks in work

2] "Almost" daily

C. Length of time

1] Best 15 minutes - set a timer

2] Longer = burnout

3] Shorter = lack depth of study

D. In the Car - Travel Time

1] Bible on tape

2] Sermons - listen several times

E. Weekly - Evangelistic Bible Study (EBS)

1] Small group discussion

2] Invite friends and neighbors

3] Meet weekly for an hour of study

4] "Serendipity Bible Study Book"


2. Here is a simple plan – that works

  1. Daily 15 minutes of "Quiet time" – Here are the simple rules to follow

    1. Daily – (almost) – There will be exceptions

    2. Same time of day – early morning, mid-day, bedtime

    3. Same location – desk, kitchen table

    4. Use a good study Bible
      More about study Bibles later
      We will also discuss which translations are better

    5. Keep a notebook (binder or spiral)

    6. Keep all things at this location – Not need to hunt paper, or pen

    7. Remove distractions – TV, radio, people

    8. Limit to 15 minutes – not longer (burnout), not shorter (lack depth)
      [You can set a timer if you need to. When it goes off – stop!]

    9. Here is the basic plan for your daily study:

      1. Begin with a short prayer.

      2. Study the Bible for 10 minutes.
        We will discuss topics, books, or materials later

      3. Review – make notes – 2 minutes

      4. Develop a prayer list – Pray specifically for those on the list.

  1. Travel time study

    1. Use the cassette tape player in your car (Bible reading, sermons)

    2. Think about the material heard. Make mental notes.

    3. On break for lunch – record your notes

    4. Pray (with your eyes open)


3. Materials Needed

  1. Study Bible – You will want a good (reliable) Bible that is easy for you to read.

  2. Complete Concordance – Young’s or Strong’s are best.
    They are “complete” – every occurrence of every word.
    Drawback – Both are based on KJV

  3. Notebook – Make notes. These are yours. You can refer back to them, add to them and find them very helpful on remembering and making application.

  4. Computer program – If you have a computer – by all means – get a Bible program. They are not too expensive. Many tools available. You can keep your notes in the Bible program OR in a Word Processor.


4. Suggestions for a "Topic-A-Week" Study


Here are 52 topics about which you can study, learn, grow and pray. This is designed to last a year. You may find that you would like to stay several weeks on one topic. Another idea is to study each topic for a week and the following year use your notes and study the same topic at a new level of intensity. There is a progression in the material. It will require some searching and study.

Basic Beginnings

1. Promises of God at baptism

2. New Testament concept of sainthood

3. How to know that we have eternal life


4. Creator

5. Redeemer

6. The holiness of God

7. The grace of God

Prayer (Speaking to God)

8. The need to pray

9. What to pray about

10. Suggestions for a quiet time

Bible Study (God speaking to us)

11. The importance of Bible study

12. Learning basic Bible divisions

13. The Old and New Testaments


14. The trinity

15. Jesus: fully God

16. Jesus: fully man

17. Jesus: Lord and Savior

18. Jesus: example and guide

Holy Spirit

19. The Spirit: Who is He?

20. The Fruit of the Spirit

21. The Gift of the Spirit

22. Marks of being filled with the Spirit


23. Who is he and what does he do?

24. Principles for battling Satan

The Church

25. The nature and purpose of the church

26. Worship

27. Your importance to the church

28. Restoration Movement and the church


29. The urgency of evangelism

30. The plan of salvation

31. How to reach and teach the lost

Church Life

32. Love one another

33. Encourage and build up each other

34. Accept, bear, forgive one another

35. Freedom and relationships to one another


36. The dangers of money

37. The Christian use of money

38. The grace of letting others give

Family Relationships

39. Husbands, love your wives

40. Wives, submit to your husbands

41. Children, obey your parents

42. Parents, teach your children

Work and Recreation

43. Motives for work

44. Employer and employee relationships

45. Recreation and leisure

Christian Ethics

46. Response to civic and religious authority

47. Proper use of the tongue

48. Proper use of the body and mind

49. Dealing with sin

Final Notes

50. Don't fall away

51. Be ready for the second coming

52. Press on toward maturity


5. A variety of methods are available


A. Devotional

1] Power for Today - 20th Century Christian

2] Computer e-mail devotionals available

B. Bible Reading

1] "One-Year Bible"

2] Many plans are available

C. Workbooks

1] Willard Conchin – fill-in workbooks

2] George DeHoff "Christian Doctrine" series

D. Topical

1] Use Concordance, Bible Dictionary, Vine's

a] Concordance- Strong's or Young's

b] Dictionary- Davis' or Smith's

c] Vine's Expository Dictionary

2] Commentaries

a] General- Johnson's Notes

b] On a specific book

3] Sermon tapes

4] Book study, Church History, Family, Marriage

E. Write-Your-Own Commentary

1] Decide on a book in the Bible

2] Buy a note book

3] Make notes for each verse

F. Computer

1] Bible on computer

2] With note taking ability

3] Study and make notes

G. Book-By-Book, Verse-By-Verse

1] Begin with simple material - John or Acts

2] Do not start with Romans, Revelation or Hebrews

H. Write Class Materials

1] Sub-divide the topic or book into 13 sections

2] Decide on method of study

3] Target an age group- Adult, Teens, Primary

4] Read, study, and write the material

I. Word study

1] Use a concordance to find all locations of the word

2] Locate all variations of the word

3] Look up the Greek or Hebrew word – for various translations

4] Study the context of each passage


6.Selection of a tools needed


There are really three tools you will need for your daily Bible study.


        1. A good Study Bible. You may have a small, lighter Bible that you bring to worship. What is needed for Bible study is a good “study” Bible. By this term I mean a Bible with some of the features listed below.

    1. An introduction to each book of the Bible

    2. Some easy to read maps

    3. A good concordance (of 60 + pages)

    4. Center references

    5. Small Bible dictionary

    6. My recommendation – Thompson Chain Reference

        1. A complete concordance. While most Bibles contain a concordance, they are not complete. For deeper study you will need a complete concordance. The two standard works available are Strong’s and Young’s. Both are good, complete concordances. The drawback is they are based on the King James Version.

        1. A notebook. You can use a 3-ring binder, a spiral notebook or any other type. If you have a computer, you may want to keep your notes in a word processor. Most computer Bible programs have a section for personal notes that will be tied to that verse.

        1. Computer program. If you have a computer, by all means, get a Bible program. All of these offer multiple translations, maps, commentaries, Greek and Hebrew word meanings, and concordance for any translation. All you need are in these programs.


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