How To Study The Bible For Yourself

How To Study The Bible For Yourself explains the processes in personal Bible study. When you grasp these processes, you will find personal Bible study more stimulating and interesting.

How To Study The Bible For Yourself

Personal Bible Study is one of the most important activities in the Christian Church. More and more people are studying the Bible for themselves. Christians want to understand what God is saying to them in His Word.

How To Study The Bible For Yourself

Studying the Bible is not an easy task because the Bible was written over many centuries by various authors using diverse styles of writing.

For example, the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) are historical books. These books explain the unfolding of creation and the establishment of the Hebrew nation.

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Songs of Solomon are poetic. Isaiah Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel are prophetic. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are biographical, and so forth.

The point I want to make is that personal Bible study is not an easy task; however, there are processes that are helpful and when you grasp these processes, you will find personal Bible study stimulating and interesting.

Living By The Book by Howard and William Hendricks is a book that explains these processes in detail in a very easy to follow format. Chuck Swindoll made this very clear when he said, "The teaching of Howard Hendricks on how to study the Bible is beyond great! How do I Know? During my days in seminary, I drank in each word as I absorbed every session he taught, which changed my life! Not a week passes without my using some technique or principle that I learned from this gifted man."


Preparation is a process which we seldom explore. And yet, preparation is a key to personal Bible study. God expects you to come to His word with humility and a pure heart.

For that to be truth in your life, you need to prepare yourselve for personal Bible study. Prayer is an important part in this process. Asking God to prepare your heart to recieve his word requires humility. Furthermore, a pure heart requires confession of all known sin.


Observation is the key to interpretation. Parts of God's word are easy to understand and you do not need to make too many observations. However, other parts of Bible are not so easy to understand. Therefore, observation plays an important part in understand the Bible.

In this process, you become a biblical detective looking for clues that will help you understand the Bible. This may involve cruical terms, grammar, literary structures and forms and the historical setting of the text.

Perform this task well and you will enjoy peronal Bible study.


Interpetation is the process where you put all the clue together so that you can understand what the Bible is saying. In other words, you ask and answer the question, "What does this mean?"

The goal of interpretation is to discover the meaning of text under observation.


King David said, "Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all of my heart" (Pslam 119:34). The point that King David makes in this verse of Scripture is that personal Bible study has an application.

If you discover a principle or truth in the Bible, then you need to ask yourself: "How does this apply to my life today?"

How To Study The Bible For Yourself involves perparation, observation, interpreation and application. Do these processes well and you will find personal Bible to be stimulating and interesting.

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