Bible Study Basics: Identify to Clarify [What You Don’t Know]

Step 5 Identify Continued: Things We Need To Know To Understand A Text

Digging Deeper in Mark 1:1-8 I once took an evening folk guitar class at a community college. There were about 25 people in the class with a wide range of experience. Some had never played a note. Others were intermediate players and some were good enough to teach the class. The instructor showed us beginners […]

Bible Study Basics: Identify Unknown Elements

Step 5 Identify and Research Key Terms

Identify People, Places, Events and Concepts You Don’t Understand We have a junk drawer in our house. It’s a place where we put things we need or think we need but don’t use very often. In it you’ll find pens, notepads, coupons, tape and a few tools. There are also a few thing-a-ma-jigs. If you’re […]

Bible Study Basics: 12 Tips For Careful Bible Reading

Step 4 Observation Continued: Careful Reading For Observations

There’s Reading and Then There’s Reading I don’t know if you’ve thought about it but reading is a subject that is both simple and complex. It’s simple enough we start to read at age five or six. By the time we’re a teenager the average person knows everything she needs to be able to read […]

Bible Study Basics: Questions Are A Tool For Bible Study

Step 4 Observation Continued: The Role of Questions

Questions Lead To Observations A man and his son were walking through a park. The boy asked, “Dad, why is the grass green?” The father said, “I don’t know.” They walked some more and the boy asked, “Why are rocks hard?” The father thought for a moment and said, “Hmm, I don’t know, son.” They […]

Bible Study Basics: Observations Lead To Insight

Step 4 Observe The Bible [Like It’s Under A Microscope]

Observations Are A Crucial Element Of Bible Study Over the years I’ve heard many Bible teachers. Something that makes a Bible teacher stand out from the crowd is when he shows you something new from the Bible. This is especially true if it’s from a passage of Scripture you’ve previously studied. Has that ever happened […]

Bible Study Basics: Historical Background Research Part 2

Historical Background Nuggets from Mark 1:1-8

Even Historical Background Research Can Encourage Us If this were a class I’d ask you to turn in your homework. How did your research into the historical background issues go? Do you have anything you discovered you’d like to share? If so, please leave a comment below. Let’s take a look at some of the […]

Bible Study Basics: Historical Background Research

Step 3 Do Historical Background Research

Connecting with the History and Culture of the Gospel of Mark 1:1-8 The Bible is an ancient book. It’s been translated into English so we can read it well enough. But reading it doesn’t mean we understand it. We need to do historical background research for any book that’s been around for hundreds of years. […]

Bible Study Basics: Prepare Your Heart and Choose Your Passage

Step 1 Pray, Step 2 Pick a Passage and Start Reading

It’s Your Bible Study, You Decide What You Want To Study I have a friend who felt called as a young person to be a missionary. Over the years he wondered where he would serve and how that weighty decision would be made. After seminary he applied for and was accepted as a missionary candidate. […]

Bible Study: The 8 Steps In Studying A Bible Passage [How Many Do You Know?]

How To Do Bible Study On Your Own We need a reason to study. If we’re in school, we study for exams. We study if we need to take a test to get our driver’s license renewed. We study for certifications to increase our value as an employee. I don’t know anyone who studies just […]