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Bible Way Ministries                               Lonnie Green III, Senior Pastor

Biblical Study Methods

Lesson Two

Facilitator: Lonnie R. Green

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth


V. 5 basic Principles for Bible Study


1)      Knowing how to ask the right questions

A)    The more questions you ask about, the more you will get out of it

B)     5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why)



ex) Book Study on 1 John

            Who Wrote –        Apostle John

            Written to-            Believers in the churches in Asia Minor

            Where Written-    Probably Ephesus

            Why Written –     To encourage the believers

            What are main keys-    God is Love and Light


2)      Write down what you have observed & discovered


A)    The way to increase your knowledge and memory is to write it down

B)     The difference between Bible reading and Studying

C)    Take Notes in Church, Bible Study, Start a Biblical Diary

Ex) Pastor Sermon Sunday



                 Main Character-

                       Illustration -

 What did you get from it -


3)      Biblical study is application, not just interpretation

A)    Don’t want to settle for understanding alone, we want to apply to our life

*Word of God is given for teaching, rebuking, instruction, correcting


B)    Bible’s not given just to increase knowledge, but to change our lives

* A lot of people know the word of God, but they don’t apply


C)    What does the Bible say to us

                     *Tell you how to be a husband, wife, child, finances,


D)    Possible to know the Word of God, and not know the God of the Word


E)     What attitudes do we need to change as a result of this study

1)      what do I need to stop or start doing

2)      What do I need to start believing or stop believing

3)      What relationships do I need to work on


4)      To be a successful Bible student, you need a system


A)    Regular plan of study (system)

                                                       i.      Schedule a time of study

(15 to 20 minutes), (Study 1-2 hours)

                                                     ii.      Keep a notebook

It keeps you organized and gives you a place to come back to

                                                    iii.      Spend time in prayer

Letter kills, spirit brings alive


 5) To be a successful Bible student, you need to proper tools

A) Good reference Bible (Thompson Chain, Life Application)


background notes



B)     Bible handbook- a concise Bible commentary, Bible dictionary, and bible atlas in a single volume. It gives quick and easy information which makes is very useful and good for personal devotions.


C)    Bible Concordances- contains all the verses in the Bible where a certain word is located.  Greek & Hebrew lexicon’s


D)    Bible dictionary- contains thorough listings of Bible subjects


E)     Bible commentaries- a reference book devoted to explanations, illustrations and sometimes Homiletics.  It gives “personal” explanations for the scriptures


F)     Harmony of the Gospels- the four Gospels compared side by side.


G)    Bible Atlas- geographical outlook to the Bible



Study Methods


1)      Book Studies

2)      Chapter Studies

3)      Word Studies

4)      Topical Studies

5)      Character Studies

6)      Parallel Study

7)      Parable Study

8)      Proverb Study



How to do a Chapter Analysis


1)      You should spend no more than one week per chapter


2)      Write down the chapter you are analyzing


3)      Read the chapter at least 10 times


4)      What should be completed from each chapter


A)    Name the chapter according to main subject or most important characteristic in it. 

Ex) Acts 2 – Day of Pentecost

B)     List the people mentioned it. 

C)    Write down what it says about Christ

D)    Write down the key verses and give the scripture reference

E)     Write down the best verse in the chapter to you and explain why

F)     List the promises (if any)

G)    List the main commands (if any)

H)    List the errors to avoid

I)       Write down what subjects you would like to further study

J)       Write down what words you would like to further study

Write a chapter summary (3 to 5 sentences)