When I was a teenager, I had the privilege to go to a Bible camp where I learned how to study the Bible. These camps would give me a hunger to learn more and dig into God’s word on my own. If you are new to Bible study or want to know more about it I encourage you to start with these 20 fundamental Bible study questions. These are general questions you can ask of ANY passage.
Why Study The Bible
The Bible is God’s letter to us. He has inspired men, over hundreds of years, to write the content of The Bible. God created us and wants us to know who He is and how we can have a relationship with Him.
To understand why we should study The Bible, I want to share with you my favourite illustration.
As we know, counterfeit money is everywhere and pervasive. Bankers are trained to detect forgeries. To do so, they study real bills. If they know what real money looks and feels like, they can detect fakes much better.
Just think about it. Fake money is made all the time. If bankers studied the fakes, they would never catch up and probably miss some fakes and let them go into circulation.
By studying the real bills, they have a better chance of catching fakes.
Studying the Bible is like studying actual money.
When we know the truth, we can fight every lie that comes our way.
There is no better way to know the truth than to study it.
Where to Start Studying The Bible
If you are brand new to The Bible, I suggest you start your study in the gospel of John. It is full of truths regarding salvation, who God is and so much more.
Other great places to start Bible study is by reading The Psalms, or the Proverbs. Both of these books are filled with Godly wisdom and great application for Christian living.
There is no handbook that tells us where to start reading the Bible.
God can use any part of His word to help you grow. As long as your heart is on Bible study and you seek His revelation to you, where you start doesn’t really matter.
Don’t spend too much time worrying about where to start. Open The Bible and go.
Many people follow a Bible Reading Plan to ease the stress of trying to find passages to read. Click here to check out some Free Bible Reading Plans.
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How to start studying The Bible
When I think about the words: Bible Study, I get a bit intimidated. It seems like people expect me to get a doctorate in what The Bible says.
When Jesus sought disciples, He found fishermen and tax collectors. These people were not known for having a higher education. These followers are proof that Jesus wants all people to understand His message.
You can start studying The Bible by taking small steps and then adding more when you are ready.
6 Simple Steps to Bible Study
- Start with prayer
- Open your Bible and read a passage
- Read the passage two or three times
- Ask yourself some questions
- Take notes
- Reflect on what you have learned.
To help get you started, I have collected 21 Bible Study Questions. These questions are general and can be used with any Bible verse or passage.
21 Fundamental Bible Study Questions
- Who wrote this text?
- Who is the text written to?
- Why was this text written?
- What does this text reveal about God and His character?
- What do we learn about people? Their character, actions, motives?
- Who are the major characters? What are their roles?
- What progression does a character go through?
- Is there a command for me to follow?
- Is there a warning for me to take notice of?
- What keywords, themes, or ideas are in this passage?
- Are there any major shifts or changes in the text?
- Are there any changes in the flow of thought in the book?
- What genre is this text?
- Are there any literary markers? (therefore, but, for, because, since)
- Is there a mention of time in this passage? What is its importance?
- Are there geographic locations mentioned? How is the location relevant?
- Are there repetitive words or phrases? How is the repetition relevant?
- Is there anything I can compare or contrast?
- What was the application to the original hearers or readers?
- What is my personal application now? What does God want me to do?
- What needs to change in my life based on what God has said?
You can use these questions for personal study and for group discussion. You can get more questions for small groups here.
Do you want more?
Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life?
You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need.
It can be hard to figure it out on your own.
That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub!
The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives.
The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by:
- Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
- Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life.
- Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability
There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.