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People often ask me, “How should I study the Bible? Are there certain ways that help to keep the meaning accurate?” The answer is a resounding,

YES!

I am so grateful when people are searching scriptures for themselves.

There are several good resources for helping people to deal with biblical interpretation and hermeneutics, which is the process of accurately studying the Bible. I would encourage you to buy some study aids, like a good Study Bible, Concordance, Bible Dictionary, and Bible Atlas, to name a few.

2 Timothy 2:15 encourages us with these words,

“Be diligent to present yourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

That means that it takes work; but the rewards of studying God’s Word are priceless.

The basic Bible study process is as follows:

  1. Observation: What does it say? (What is the original meaning of the author to his original audience?)
  2. Interpretation: What does is mean? (This is the exegetical study of the passage in its context.)
  3. Correlation: What do other passages say about this topic? (This is called “Analogy of Scripture.”)
  4. Application: How does it relate to my life? (What are the key impacts in my life that need to change?)
  5. Communication: How do I give it to others? (Minister this truth to others in love.)

Keep studying God’s Word, my friend! God will continue to transform us and use us as we abide in His Word.

Read John 8:31-32

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