How to Study the Bible: 8 Key Tips Teens Need to Know
1. Ask God. Talk with God. Let him know you want to hear from Him. Quieting your heart is vital to learning how to study the Bible. Put away your to-do list and don’t give space for random thoughts of squirrels and shiny things.
2. Seek love, not knowledge. It’s easy to read Scripture for the sake of knowledge or to check it off the list. But that’s the lesser option. Instead, look for the love in what you read because God is love. Don’t settle for knowing about Him. We want to know Him, and that level of knowing comes when God talks with us through what we read.
3. Choose a version. These days, we’re blessed with access to many translations of the Bible. Many new believers like to read the New International Version. There’s no harm in reading other versions.
4. Explore. Consider the context. What’s happening in this scenario? Who is the audience? A particular Bible verse may speak to you, but what does that verse mean in context?
Consider word meaning. What’s the meaning of the word in the source language? If you’re interested in doing word studies, I recommend the free website Blue Letter Bible.
Consider connections. The next step in how to study the Bible involves looking for connections within the passage and to other passages. How does John 3:16 relate to the rest of the chapter? What other passages speak to the same topic?
Consider application. How does this passage apply to your life? What is God saying to you?
5. Consider where to begin. For a great place to start reading, try the Gospels. They provide four different accounts of Jesus’ life, based on the perspective of their authors. Psalms and Proverbs also are great books to begin with.
6. Reread. As you learn how to study the Bible, read the same passage multiple times. Or you can reread the same books over and over. God uses familiar passages to say new things.
7. Ask someone you trust. If you don’t understand something, ask. Ask friends or leaders you trust to help you discern what a passage means. Google to find other passages of Scripture that speak to the same topic. Also read trusted commentaries from Bible scholars. Then ask God to help you discern it all.
8. Implement. We must do what it says. When we don’t apply God’s Word to our lives, we settle for pride and deception. If we know how to study the Bible but don’t put it to use, we miss out on the blessings of God’s transforming love.
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