How to Study the Bible Chapter by Chapter – Chapter Bible Study Method

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Chapter 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, verse by verse, thematically etc. In this blog post we will teach you how to study the Bible chapter by chapter.

 

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. Select the book you want to study

It’s important to study the chapters within a complete book of the Bible so you get the proper meaning and context. It is recommended to read the whole book first or listen to an audio version of the book before you study the individual chapters of the book. You don’t need to do that for Psalms or Proverbs.

 

3. Read one chapter

Read the chapter about 5 to 7 times. Read it out loud. Concentrate on what you are reading. Read the chapter in different translations.

 

4. Take notes

Take notes of words, especially antonyms and synonyms, ideas, or phrases. Underline/highlight time, place, people, and events. You can take notes in the Bible directly, in a notebook or on the computer by copying and pasting the chapter into a word processing document. There are also Bible note taking apps available online, e. g. Olive Tree Bible App.

 

5. Check your understanding

Write down words you don’t understand and look up their meaning either using the cross-references in your Bible, a concordance (for finding the meanings of the words in the original Hebrew or Greek) or a Bible dictionary/encyclopedia.

 

6. Divide and caption the chapter

Divide the chapter into useful paragraphs and try to give titles to each paragraph. Give a title to the whole chapter as well.

 

7. Write down the theme of the chapter

Write down the different themes/topics discussed in the chapter. Reference the verses that apply to a particular topic or theme.

 

8. What lessons can you learn from this chapter?

Write a summary of what you can learn from this chapter asking “Who”, “Why”, “What”, “Where”, “When” and “How” questions.

 

Example:

Who is the narrator of this text?

Who is the intended audience of the text?

Why was this text written?

Where does it take place?

Who are the people mentioned in the passage?

What is happening?

When does it happen?

What does this passage reveal about God the Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

 

Write a summary of each paragraph and the whole chapter. Write down the main lessons/key points of the chapter.

 

9. Personal application

Studying the Bible is about learning what God teaches us through His Word and applying it to our own life. First, find out what this chapter meant to the original audience within their specific culture and context. Then write down what this passage teaches you about God’s character and attributes. Finally, write down how you can apply the lessons of this chapter to your own life. What actions do you need to take in response to this passage?

 

10. Memorize the key verse

Write down the key verse of the chapter that summarizes best the main point of this chapter and memorize it. We want to be people who not only read God’s Word but also hide it in our hearts and apply it to our own life. Memorizing Bible verses helps us to achieve that.

 

11. End your study with prayer

Always end your Bible study with a prayer thanking God for what He has revealed to you during your Bible study. Then ask Him to keep the lessons in your heart so you will not forget them.

 

The Chapter Bible Study Method is a great way to dig deeper into studying the Bible and it doesn’t require much time because you only read one chapter per day.

 

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