The 4 Gospels Christian Network

A Guide to Study Your Bible.


1. If possible have a regular, private place for your Bible studies


2. Before each study ask God to give you a spirit of humility while reading His word and guide your heart to comprehending, accepting and practicing His precious truth.


3. Start with Bible verses that are easy to understand when studying on a particular topic. Then, use these scriptures to understand harder, vaguer passages of God's word.


4. Let the Bible interpret and prove the Bible. Don't look for what you want to prove; look for what the Bible actually proves.


5. Seek to understand the general context of a particular Bible verse by reading the verses and chapters just before and after it. Does your understanding of a Bible passage harmonize with the rest of Scripture? Remember, the Bible does not contradict itself!


6. Study the original language (Hebrew or Greek) words and their meaning(s) behind a Bible verse. Remember, however, that although study aids like Strong's Exhaustive Concordance can be helpful, they should not be exclusively used to discover and prove what the Bible teaches.


7. Ask, what does the scripture you are studying clearly say?


8. Ask, what does the scripture you are studying not say?


9. Ask, to whom was the Bible book containing the scripture you are studying written to? Who wrote the book? Who is speaking the scripture(s) in question?


10. Seek a literal understanding of the scripture you are studying, unless by interpreting the scripture literally renders the meaning absurd.


11. Seek to understand the general time frame in history when the Bible verses you are studying was written.


12. Remember that the Bible at times uses parables, allegories, symbols, poetry, metaphors and other figures of speech and literary techniques to reveal God's truth.


13. Don't bring your own personal assumptions and preconceived notions into your understanding or conclusions.


14. Do not form conclusions based on partial facts or insufficient information, or the opinions and speculations of others.


15. Remember that your or anyone else's convictions, regardless of how strong they may be, don't necessarily count. God's word is your ultimate standard and guide.

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