Want to start a Personal Bible Study, but not quite sure how to start? This section will provide some tools to help you begin! Before you get started however, there are a few things that you should prepare yourself with prior to studying the Word of God.
Remember when you were in grade school and the teacher made you memorize endless vocabulary words? That gave you a foundation for speaking and writing in the english language. In much the same maner, we need to have a foundation of understanding prior to studying the Bible.
Bible Study Basics
It is important to set aside time each day to read the Bible regularly.
Let the Word of God correct you and not you correct Almighty God. You can't improve upon perfection and if there is something you have found that you don't completely agree with, you are most likely the problem.
"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 perfect, thorouthly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Don't look for what you want to prove in the Bible; look for what the Bible actually proves. This brings the topic of context to light. If you really try, there are enough words in the Bible such that you can find just about any thing... even great football teams like Greenbay (Psalm 37:35). Without the context however, you would not know that this is actually David describing how the power of evil spreads itself even though it will not stand to the power of God.
God has thought out all of the words and their order of placement in the scriptures. As such, definitions, themes, and associations are usually given with the first occurance of that word, place, or number, that are to be used throughout the Bible.
Take for example, the word "life". This words first occurance in the Bible is Genesis 1:20. It is here that we find that life comes from water. You'll need that information when you get to Isaiah 48:1, Proverbs 5:15-18, and you'll REALLY need it in John 3:5. With this information, we can know that a water birth is defined as a physical child birth from the water of the womb.
Just for those of you who may be lazy, you will never learn all that God wants to show you in the bible if you read a verse here and a chapter there. The reason for this is that God has chosen to introduce doctrines and then wait for ten, twenty, maybe even a hundred chapters or more to give any detail on the subject. Just be sure you are comparing Scripture with Scripture and paying careful mind to what has already been covered in thsi tutorial (Isaiah 28:9-13; 1 Corinthians 2:13).