How to Do a Thematic Bible Study

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Thematic Bible Study Method

There are many different ways and methods to study the Bible – you can read the whole Bible, you can study the Bible book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, etc. In this blog post we will teach you how do a thematic Bible study. Compared to a topical Bible study, you study a narrow theme of the Bible in simple detail asking prepared questions of verses from a chosen list. The Thematic Bible Study Method takes lesser time than the Topical Bible Study Method.

 

A theme is the big idea or central message of a passage.

 

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.

 

The theme of this Bible verse is wisdom.

 

This is how it works:

 

1. Pray

Before you start your Bible study, you should pray to God and ask Him to guide and help you in your Bible study.

 

2. Choose a theme

Choose a theme or an idea you are interested in. Here are some ideas for themes you can choose: God’s love, wisdom, salvation, man’s sinful nature.

 

3. Write down questions

Write down questions that help you in studying the theme. It’s best to write down only 5 questions using “who, what, when, how, where, and why”.

 

Example:

If you want to do a study on wisdom, you could ask the following questions:

  • What is wisdom?
  • How can you develop wisdom?
  • Where do you get wisdom?
  • Why is wisdom important?

 

4. Find all verses related to your theme

Find all the verses that relate to your chosen theme. Use a concordance to help you find the correct meaning and usage of a word related to your theme. Also check for synonyms and other vocabulary related to your theme.

 

5. Answer questions with each verse

Use the 5 questions you have written down before and answer them for each verse. Please be aware that not all questions will be answered by each verse. You can either write down the questions as a header and write down the verses that answer the questions or write down the verses as a header and write down the answers below each verse.

 

6. Organize your information and summarize the key points

Now it’s time to organize and summarize the key points so you can draw some conclusions from your study. For this, you need to re-read what you have written, compile the answers you have written, and summarize the key points in your own words. Put everything into a presentable order and layout.

 

7. Apply the lessons to your life

How can you apply what you have learned from your study to your own life? Write down a personal application. What actions do you need to take in response to the lessons from this Bible study?

 

8. End with prayer

You should always end your Bible study with prayer thanking God for what He has revealed to you. Ask God for helping you implement the lessons to your own life and to share them with other people.

 

The Thematic Bible Study Method is ideal for you if you want to study the Bible in a different way than just reading the whole bible, a book or a chapter. It is also great if you want to find out what the Bible has to say about a certain issue.

 

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