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How to study the Bible
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Nov 1, 2000, 19:30

When to study the Word

That depends when you are the sharpest. Are you a morning person, an afternoon person or an evening person? It might be most beneficial for you to o study the Bible when you are at your best mentally (some of us don't have a good mental time ever). The reason for this is so that you can give your best time to God. Set up an appointment daily with God and then stick to it, you know you hate to be stood up.


Where to study

Pick a place to study that is relatively free from interruptions. Home, office, or outside under a doen'st matter as long as it is your place to study.


Approaches to study

There are two basic approaches to study:

1) The Expositial Approach. This is when you study through a book of the Bible on a verse by verse basis. In this way, you are getting the feel of the Bible as it was written. It is easy to get bogged down using this approach, we will give you some hints on how to help this type of study next month. But don't get frustrated, there is much to learn so stay with it.


2) The Topical Approach. A topic of interest is selected. Then tracked down and studied throughout the Bible. A danger with this is that sometimes you don't always see the passage in its correct context.


Steps in study

When studying go through the following 4 steps. They will help you tremendously.

1) Observation: what do I see in the passage

2) Interpretation: what does this passage mean

3) Correlation: how does this passage relate to the rest of Scripture

4) Application: what does this passage mean to me

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