How to Study the Bible

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Discipleship groups are small group bible studies which meet across the valley. Find a location near you here.

Download each lesson here:

Introduction—The Handling of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15)

Lesson 1—The Adequacy of God’s Word (Psalm 19:7-14)

Lesson 2—The Illumination of God’s Word (Psalm 119:30)

Coming soon:

Lesson 3—The Authors of God’s Word (John 16:5-15)

Lesson 4—The Goal of God’s Word (John 17:6-17)

Lesson 5—The Intent of God’s Word (Galatians 3:15-22)

Lesson 6—The Audience of God’s Word (1 Timothy 1:8-11)

Lesson 7—The Sufficiency of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:1-17)

Lesson 8—The Finality of God’s Word (Hebrews 1:1-3)

Lesson 9—The Double-Agency of God’s Word (2 Peter 1:16-21)

 Lesson 10—Exercises and Tools for Studying God’s Word

  1. The Hindrances: Why Don’t I Study the Bible?

  2. The Motivation: Why Should I Study the Bible?

  3. The Approach: Preparation and Prayer

  4. Context is King: History, Culture, and Immediate Literary Context

  5. Analyzing the Text: Reading and Observing the Text

  6. Analyzing the Text: Outlining for Understanding

  7. Analyzing the Text: Word Studies and Cross-referencing

  8. Interpreting the Text: What Did It Mean Then for Them?

  9. Interpreting the Text: What Does It Mean Now for Me?

  10. Applying the Text: The Purpose of Bible Study