How to Study the Bible - Six Simple Steps

Are you new to Bible study or been away a long time? Wondering how to study the Bible? Take it slow and keep it simple. Don't let it be like a New Year's resolution in which we have good intentions but no follow-through. A good friend of mine once told me, "The smallest deed is better than the greatest of intentions." In other words - just do it!

1. Locate a Bible version that you can understand.

For Bible study purposes, choose a Bible translation rather than one that is paraphrased.

Some of the more popular, easier-to-read translations include: New American Standard, New International, New Living Translation, New King James Version.

These and more online Bible versions are available. Also included are translations in several languages from around the world. This makes it possible for you to choose the best Bible version for you.

2. Find a quiet place where you can be alone with God.

A quiet "time" is important too. The fewer distractions, the better.

3. Gather a few tools.

Pencil or pen, paper or notebook, Bible & Bible concordance
Online Bible study tools can also help you learn how to study the Bible.

4. Have a simple plan of action for how to study the Bible.

This may include using a preplanned Bible study such as you find on our site, or you may rather use a Bible concordance to help you locate verses on a certain topic in which you're interested or Bible character.

Also, you can choose a book and begin reading chapter by chapter. (The Gospel of John is an excellent starting point for this type of study.)

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5. Begin your time with prayer.

Ask God to help you understand what you read and how it relates to your own life.

James 1:5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."

6. Read, write, and review.

Read Scripture, think about it, pray about it, and take notes on what you learn. Then review and read more. You'll be amazed how God will speak to you through His Word.

Note that when you see a reference for a Bible written, it contains the name of the book, the chapter number, and verse number.  So John 3:16 refers to the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16.  The reference is like the verse's address and will help you find it again!

Taking time to read, meditate and memorize God's Word, the Bible, will change your life.  The Bible says of itself in Hebrews 4:12 that it is "living and active."  It is not like any other book ever written.