Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
The Bible is not an end in itself, but is a means to the end of knowing God and doing His will. The apostle Paul said, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). God has given us the Bible in order that we might know Him and that we might do His will here on earth.
Therefore, devotional Bible study is the most important kind of Bible study. Devotional Bible study means reading and studying the Word of God in order that we may hear God’s voice and that we may know how to do His will and to live a better Christian life.
For your devotional reading and study of the Bible, here are several important, practical suggestions:
2. Take brief notes on what you read. Keep a small notebook for your Bible study.
3. Read slowly through one chapter, or perhaps two or three chapters, or perhaps just one paragraph at a time. After reading, ask yourself what this passage means. Then reread it.
4. It is often very helpful in finding out the true meaning of the chapter or passage to ask yourself the following questions, then write the answers in your notebook:
- What is the main subject of this passage?
- Who are the persons reveals in this passage? Who is speaking? About whom is he speaking? Who is acting?
- What is the key verse of this passage?
- What does this passage teach me about the Lord Jesus Christ?
- Does this passage portray any sin for me to confess and foresake?
- Does this passage contain any command for me to obey?
- Is there any promise for me to claim?
- Is there any instruction for me to follow?
Not all of these questions may be answered in every passage.
5. Keep a spiritual diary. Either in your Bible study notebook mentioned above, or in a separate notebook. Write down daily what God says to you through the Bible. Write down the sins that you confess or the commands you should obey.
Additional Note: Do not try to adopt all of these methods at once, but start out slowly, selecting those methods and suggestions which appeal to you. You will find, as millions of others have before you, that the more you read and study the Word of God, the more you’ll want to read it.
Do you have any tips to add to this list? Share them in the comments!