Using A Study Bible
The most broad, yet rewarding way to study the Bible for me is to study a book. if you are going to study a book I recommend using a Ryrie Study bible to assist you. The Ryrie Bible includes all necessary information for a book study including; Author, date, outline and timeline. each book is broken up into parts and sub-parts which makes book study easier. The Ryrie also contains comments on most verses in the Bible. With much of the work for a book study already done, you will have more time to devote to study itself.
What to Look for
When studying a book of the Bible it is important to make note of key words and themes throughout the book. Studying is not a quick thing, nor is it meant to be done in a day, take your time and absorb the message of the book.
What to use
- Study Bible
- Notebook specifically for the purpose of your study
- Concordance (to look up words and find definitions). the Strong’s Concordance has an edition for most Bible translations.
Tips for Study
Start with a small book first, they are easier to study and can be completed in a reasonable amount of time which can give you a sense of accomplishment before you begin with longer books. James and First Thessalonians are short books that do not have much deep theology so i would start here before attempting a study on the book of Ephesians.
Always pray before you get started and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth in the book you are studying and how to apply it to your life. The life Application Study Bible is also helpful in this area.
I do recommend both the Ryrie and Life Application Bibles because they have two different purposes and have proven immensely helpful in my own studies. I use my primary Bible and these two as a help when I need an outline or practical application of a verse or verses. You can never have too many tools when it comes to helping you study the Bible.
How to Study
Read the book through once.
Identify main themes as you read through the second time (This will take several days for longer books). Underline or circle key words.
Pick a key verse in each chapter.
Summarize each chapter in your own words and write a paragraph on how it applies to your everyday life.
Write a positive confession based on the theme of the book.
Write out a prayer based from the theme of the book. (Some books have prayers in them you may want to adapt for your life.)