Dynamic Bible Study Method (10 Steps)


Note: Before beginning, read through the chapter several times. Read in a Bible without notes, read different translations, better yet, listen to the chapter in your car several times on your way to and from work.

STEP ONE – Caption

GIve the chapter a short descriptive title. The shorter the title, the more likely you are to remember it. In fact, if you use this method on every chapter in a selected book of the Bible, you can remember the contents of the whole book by using titles. Use one word if possible and five words at most. Try to find the key word of the chapter and fit it into your title. If your title is catchy, or produces a mental picture, you will remember it longer.

STEP TWO – Contents

Describe, summarize, paraphrase, outline, or make a list of the major points in the chapter. The method you choose will depend on the literary style of the chapter and on your own preference. Some people like to summarize; analytical people enjoy outlining. Choose the method you fell with which you feel most comfortable and one that is easy for you to do. Don’t try to interpret the chapter; just make observations on its contents. Record what you feel the writer said.

STEP THREE – Chief People

List the most important people in the chpater. Ask questions such as, who are the main people in the chapter? Why are they included? What is significant about them? If the previous chapter contains pronouns (he, she, they, etc.) you may have to refer to what the previous chapter said. Write down your reasons for choosing certain people as chief ones of the chapter.

STEP FOUR – Choice Verse

Choose a verse which summarizes the whole chapter or which one speaks to you personally. In some chapters, you may find a key verse which summarizes the writer’s argument; in other chapters, there may not be a key verse. In those cases you may pick the one that speaks most to you.

STEP FIVE – Crucial Words

Write down the key word or words of the chapter. Many times the key word will be the one used most frequently. Sometimes, the crucial word may be the most important but not the most used one.

STEP SIX – Challenges

List any difficulties you may have with the passage. Are there statements you don’t understand? Is there any problem or question you would like to study further? This may lead to other studies you will want to do in the future or questions you would like to ask.

STEP SEVEN – Cross Reference

Using the cross-references in your Bible, look up other verses that help clarify wha tthe chapter is talking about and list them. Ask the question: What else in the Bible helps me understand this chapter? Cross-references are important because they are helpful tools in interpreting meaning of a chapter, they enable you to see what the Bible says on the whole on any given teaching.

STEP EIGHT – Christ Seen

The entire Bible is the revelation of the person of Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus used the OT to teach His disciples about himself. As you study each chapter, be alert for statements that tell you something about Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or God the Father. Ask yourself, what can I learn about the nature of Jesus in this chapter? What attributes of God in Christ are listed here?

STEP NINE – Central Lessons

Write down major principles, insights, and lessons you learn from this chapter. Ask, why does God want this passage in the Bible? What does He want to teach me from this chapter? What is the central thought the writer wants to develop?

STEP TEN – Conclusion

This is the application portion of the study. Ask, how do these truths apply to me personally? What specifically am I going to do about them?