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How to Study the Bible

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How to Study the Bible – Message Outline

Harrison Conley (2 Timothy 3:16–17,)
  • The Bible is God-inspired, God-authored, God-breathed…
  • The Word of God is alive. It is profitable and useful for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.
  • When the Word of God is applied to our lives, it produces an advantage: We become complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  • The Bible is intended to be put into practice and used as a source of instruction for all things pertaining to life.
  • God has revealed to us His thoughts and ways for doing all things, including raising our kids, building our marriages, navigating relationships… He tells us how to deal with disappointment and make decisions. He has given us wisdom for our finances, as well as for how to deal with sickness and fear.
  • In order to live equipped for every good work, we have to know how to properly consume and study God’s Word—to rightly divide and utilize.
  • I’ll share a very practical, simple framework—using the word S-T-U-D-Y as an acrostic—to help you find a starting place to take advantage of God’s Word in your life. This framework isn’t perfect. Maybe you can apply some of it to your routine.


  • When it comes to studying and applying the Word of God in our lives, the role of the Holy Spirit cannot be overstated.
  • The Holy Spirit brings revelation as we read. If we listen, He brings understanding to our hearts.
  • The Holy Spirit changes us from the inside and is ever present with us, helping us, counseling us, and leading us into all truth.
  • The primary role of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Jesus to us—to glorify Jesus.
  • Every time we sit down to read the Bible, we are reading with the author present with us.
  • Don’t forget the Holy Spirit. He is just as much God as the Father and Son are God.
  • Every time we sit down to read and study, we should make a habit of first spending a minute in prayer, acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit, thanking Him for His love and Word, and asking Him to speak and reveal the wisdom and power of God to us.


  • When you sit down to study, come with a reading plan in place.
  • If you have a smartphone, there’s the YouVersion Bible App. It has some great reading plans available.
  • Start in the Gospels, in the Book of John. Read a chapter a day, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to you—that you would see Him in His beauty and majesty.
  • The Holy Spirit intervenes in this process. In different seasons of life, He brings specific passages and verses to your heart that you need to spend time reading over and meditating upon.
  • Switch up the translations you read. Some translations are easier to read, and some are closer to the original language.


  • Take notes. Jot down the things you feel the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about. Taking notes helps you retain the information.
  • Ask questions. Sometimes the questions are really simple: Who is writing this? Who are they writing to? What is the main theme this writer is trying to communicate?
  • Sometimes the questions are a bit more complicated: Why did the writer use this particular phrase?
  • If you’re struggling to find answers to the questions you ask, commentaries can be a super helpful way to compliment your reading.
  • Just don’t let commentaries make you lazy with your reading of the Word. Continue to seek the Holy Spirit for what God is saying to you in this season from this passage.
  • God has a specific Word for your life in this moment based on what you’re facing.
  • Let commentaries be a great dovetail to your reading, and a great compliment to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.


  • Discover the underlying subject and theme of the Bible. If you look long enough and hard enough at Scripture, you are going to find a picture of Jesus on every single page.
  • The Bible is about one thing: the love and generosity of God. That theme is expressed to us through Jesus.
  • Jesus is the entirety of Scripture. Every time we open the book, He should become our primary object of focus. He should be what we seek to discover.
  • So whenever we read, the first thing we should seek to discover is this: “Where is Jesus in this passage? How is the love and generosity of God being revealed? What does that in turn mean for me?”
  • Remember, you have the Holy Spirit present with you. His number one role is to reveal and glorify Jesus.
  • Jesus reveals to us the heart of the Father. He reveals to us the way God thinks about us, and the way God acts toward us.
  • The goal in the Christian life is not just to make it to heaven. The goal is maturity. It is to be more and more like Jesus. And the more we see Him, the easier it is to be like Him.


  • This whole process of studying the Bible is bookended with time spent in prayer.
  • When you finish reading, take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit what God wants you to know and do. Then get quiet enough for long enough to hear His voice. Ponder and meditate over what you have just read.
  • His voice might be immediately recognizable, or just a small impression. He might speak to you through an overwhelming sense of peace. The Bible says that all of wisdom’s pathways are peace. So, when you get peace, point your life in that direction.
  • Be obedient and be diligent to apply the Word of God in your life. You will find that it changes you from the inside out to make you complete, fully equipped for every good work.

How to Study the Bible

The Bible is God’s roadmap for your life.

God wants to speak to you through the Bible—to teach you how to succeed and flourish in every important arena. But how?

Join Harrison Conley, and discover a practical framework you can use to take advantage of all God has for you in His Word!


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