Three Methods of Bible Study
- Devotional Study
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16,17
- Definition: Bible reading and meditation accompanied by prayer.
- Purpose: Study to receive divine direction in order to stay in God's will.
- Study for Knowledge (Research Method)
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6
"You search the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me." John 5:39
"Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come." 1 Corinthians 10:11
- Definition: Read according to topic. The topic can be a bibical concept such as love. However, it can also be a biography of one of the biblical characters such as Abraham, Mary the mother of Jesus or Peter.
- Purpose: In-depth study of a specific topic.
- When studying uing this method, it is most helpful to have a Biblical Cyclopedic Index.
- Systematic Study (Class Setting)
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of Truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
- Definition: Sunday School or Bible Study class where the lessons are predetermined and accompanied by a text or outline.
- Purpose: To promote general biblical knowledge, to learn to live by God's principles, to provide a setting that allows questions and answers for clarification of God's word.