Studying scripture doesn’t sound very spiritual. Studying scripture is intentionally reading, observing, interpreting, and responding to God’s Word. It might sound interesting and exciting to some of us. But it can also sound dry, boring, and tedious. Studying sounds like something that should be left for the professors, academicians, and pastors (but only the nerdy ones). While some people go into these professions because they enjoy studying the Bible, they shouldn’t be the only ones who study. Studying scripture is different from listening to a sermon or reading devotionally.
With studying, we are intentional in slowing down, diving deeper, and focusing on understanding and interpreting Scripture properly. This is an integral part of our faith and experiencing a deeper relationship with Jesus. And thankfully, it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Studying Scripture involves the following four steps:
Studying requires reading a passage more than once. This helps us learn, allows it to sink in, and makes it easier to notice the details and nuances of a passage.
Study should lead to comprehension. We want to know the big picture and the details of a passage. This helps us know God better and makes it easier for His truths to become part of our daily life.
Reflection helps us see things from God’s perspective. It also helps us ensure that studying leads to more than knowing facts about the Bible. Knowledge should transform our hearts to be more like Christ.
- Read Ezra 7:8-10. Why do you think Ezra dedicated himself to studying the Law? How did this impact his relationship with God?
- Read Acts 17:10-12. Why did the Berean Jews examine the Scriptures? What happened as a result?
- Read 2 Timothy 2:15. What does it mean to correctly handle the Word of Truth? How can you grow in that ability?
- According to 1 Timothy 4:12-16, in what ways can we be examples to others? What are we to give ourselves entirely to? And what will be the outcome if we do?