5 Steps for Dynamic Personal Bible Study
(How to be Up to Know Good)
1. Read a scripture passage and ask the Holy Spirit for insight and understanding.
2. Write down any interesting or significant phrases, verses and insights.
3. Turn your insight into a question. Write that down.
4. Make your question an application. (Yes, write this down, too!)
5. Find other scriptures to confirm what Lord is saying to you & encouraging you to do. Make a note of the scripture – maybe even cross-referencing it in your Bible margins to the text you started with in Step 1.
My example from June 16, 2011: In the first two weeks of the Bug-eater we looked at Luke 1:5-25, 57-80, 3:1-6 and Isaiah 40:1-5, plus similar passages in Matthew, Mark & John.
1-2. I re-read Luke 1:5-25 for the umpteenth time this morning, and the phrase “because you did not believe my words” jumped out at me.
3. (Which led to the question:) Lord, how am I not believing you? Where am I doubting you?
4. (Application) I will continue in the writing of this study and stop doubting my call.
5. Philippians 1:6 came first to my mind, but after a short minute of prayer the phrase “I am with you always” came to mind. I went to Matthew 28:16-20 and was encouraged by Jesus’ words to His worshipping but doubtful disciples. –>God’s message to me today – Believe Me. You don’t need to come up with something new, just teach and remind them of what I’ve already commanded. I have the authority to commission you apart from a structured earthly ministry, and I will be with you as you write, lead, and speak.
I can’t wait to hear what God’s Word says to you. Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below. Isn’t it fun to be Up to Know Good?!