How To Study A Bible Passage

The goal: To be equipped FOR PROPER STUDY

4 Steps to Study:

#1 Observation: WHAT DOES IT SAY?

#2 Interpretation: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

#3 Correlation: WHAT OTHER VERSES EXPLAIN IT?

#4 Application: WHAT WILL I DO ABOUT IT?

Let’s Try It:

Philippians 2: 19-30 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

Step 1 = Observation:

Paul speaks of TWO MEN

Paul endorses them AS ROLE MODELS WHO DESERVE HONOR

What CHARACTERISTICS DO WE LEARN?

Step 2 = Interpretation:

The Point: GODLINESS IS TO BE LIVED AND HONORED

5 Marks of a Godly Person:

  1. A godly person is CARING
  2. A godly person is CONSISTENT
  3. A godly person is COOPERATIVE
  4. A godly person is CONSIDERATE
  5. A godly person is COURAGEOUS

Step 3 = Correlation

Is there any other scriptures with these qualities? YES

Step 4 = Application

Honor others with THESE QUALITIES

Allow God to work on YOUR LIFE IN THESE AREAS

Other Resources

Books to Read:

  • “Bible Study Methods” by Rick Warren
  • “Living by the Book” by Howard Hendricks

Print tools:

  • Exhaustive Concordance (Strong’s)
  • A good study bible (ESV recommended)

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