Different Approaches to Bible Study

Different Approaches to Bible StudyDifferent Approaches to Bible Study

Devotional Approaches to Bible Study

Devotional Bible Study is an Approaches to Bible Study for personal spiritual use. Its purpose is to draw you close to God. It means “reading and studying the word of God in order that you may hear God’s voice personally, and that you may know how to do His will and to live a better Christian life.


(a)        Begin your Bible reading with prayer (Psalm 119:18; John 16:13 – 15)

(b)        Read the passage for the day, and take brief notes in your notebook.

(c)        Read it slowly again and after reading, ask yourself what the passage is all about. Then re-read it.

(d)        To find out the true meaning of the passage, ask yourself the following questions and then write the answers in your notebook.

  1. What is the main subject of the passage?
  2. Who are the persons revealed in the passage?

iii. What is the key verse of the passage?

  1. What does this passage teach me about God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
  2. Is there a sin for me to confess?
  3. Is there a promise for me to claim?

vii. Is there a command for me to obey?

viii. Is there a warning for me to heed?

  1. Is there a prayer for me to pray?
  2. What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?

Book study Approaches to Bible Study

In order to become the kind of persons God wants you to be, you need a full diet of God’s word. Every part of Scripture is good and profitable (2Tim 3:16 – 17). You need to study entire books of the Bible and not just some favorite verses.


(a)        You begin by reading the book through. You will begin to see the whole picture, the mood, the sweep and the general emphasis of the book.

(b)        Re-read the book several times, and with each reading, ask yourself one main question and record answers in your notebook. Ask question on the central theme or main emphasis of the book, key verse, about the author and his circumstances when he wrote, the people who received the book, main divisions of the book etc. Read and observe until you see what the author is saying.

(c)        Interpret what the author means. This you can do by asking questions, paying attention to the context, and reading related scriptures. Take note of the literary style, the language, and the organization of ideas. Pick out the main points and show how they related to each other in a brief written form.

(d)        As you read and re-read a book, you will soon begin to see its structure and its outline very clearly. You can then draw an outline of the book.

(e)        Apply what you have discovered to your life to transform your character and actions.


This is Bible study according to great topics or subjects or themes. The lists of topics or subjects are unlimited in the Bible.


(a)        To find answer to questions about how to live the Christian life. Any time you do not understand something about your Christian life, you can do a topical study on that subject.

(b)        It helps you to have a balanced teaching on each of the main topics of God’s word. These topics are the basic truths, which God intends for us to live by (2Tim 3:16 – 17; Titus 1:9)

(c)        It helps in the formulation of Bible doctrines.

(d)        When you have a balanced teaching of God’s word, it safeguards you from failing into error or false teaching.

Steps to topical Approaches to Bible Study

A topical study may take a short or long time to do. It is one of the simplest to do, especially when you have a good reference Bible or a concordance.

(a)        List all the references you can find on the topic you wish to study, using your Bible concordance. Write both the reference and part of the scripture in a notebook.

(b)        Arrange the references into groups of related materials. Write a title or heading for each list of references.

(c)        Summarise the main points about the topics in each list. Read each scripture and its context to be sure of the correct meaning. Place scriptures under other headings if you see they should be changed. Write brief summaries in your own words.

(d)        Taking the word Prayer as an example.

(i)        Look up the words “Pray”, “Prayer”, “Praying” etc

(ii)        Look up every form of related word, such as “ask”, “intercession” etc

(iii)        Study the verses and bring together all the teaching on prayer that you find. It will be categorized: conditions for prayer, results to expected prayer, when to pray, where to pray, hindrances to prayers, how to pray etc.

(iv)        Organize the scripture into these categories and write brief summaries for the various categories.

character study Approaches of Bible Study

Character Study is looking at a person’s life history -who he was and what he did, as recorded in the pages of Scripture. The Bible mentioned thousands of names of different persons, some are only names, and others are described in some detail. The Bible is a record of God revealing Himself to men and through men


(a)       Choose the person you want to study

(b)       List all the Scriptural references you can find that relate to him or her. A Bible concordance can   help you   in doing this.   Read also the references that are scattered in the pages of Scripture about the character.

(c)       Read the references, and write notes about the person – his life, work, personality traits, etc.

Find out as much as possible about his background, the meaning of his name, ancestry, his early life, where he lived, his travel, his strength and weaknesses, his contribution to his time and to our time today, etc. A Bible Handbook can help in this regard.

(d)       After your observations, make a summary of the main lesson you have learned from the story of this person’s life.


A paragraph is a unit of thought in writing, usually containing several sentences. When an author changes his subject of emphasis in his writing, he usually begins a new paragraph. Studying the Bible by paragraph is called Analytic Bible Study.

(a)        Read the paragraph carefully for its   main thought or subject

(b)        Read from different translations to gain better understanding

(c)        Rewrite the text so that you can see the relationship of the various parts of paragraph.

(d)        Make a simple outline of your text.

(e)        Look up important words in the concordance that occurs in this paragraph. By comparing other passages of the scripture that teach about the same thing, you will not be mistaken about the meaning of the paragraph.


God wants us to hear his word,

After all the above have been done Good expects us to obey his word – Matt 7: 24-27; John 8:31-32,

 The blessing is in obey the word not just in studying, reading, hearing – John 13:17


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