How to Study Your Bible
herbiblestudies.com chose to use this explanation for how to study your Bible because we felt that brother Garcia gave the best interpretation of how to study the Word of God. If you choose to use the pointers that He has outlined below you will find that your study is more fulfilling and your understanding will be greater. We encourage you to take the time to read His insights.
Ask the following questions as you read.
Who? — is speaking / is being spoken to /is involved
What? — is happening / led up to this / resulted
Where? — Where does this take place?
When? — When did this occur?
Why? — Why is this being said or done?
How? — How did it affect the people involved? How was this accomplished? How did the people at the time view or interpret this?
This is the step of determining the author’s meaning. Interpretation is the step of clarifying the meaning and helping you understand why the Holy Spirit included this portion in Scripture. One way of interpreting a verse or passage is by paraphrasing it. Read the verse and then write it in your own words. Use Scripture to interpret Scripture. If you do not understand why something happened, then refer to other passages of Scripture that shed light on the matter.
Application means putting God’s Word into practice. Scriptural truth and principles must be put into practice if we are to benefit from our study of God’s Word. Read Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 11:28, and James 1:22.
Ask Yourself The Following Questions As You Study
• Is there an example for me to follow?
• Is there a sin for me to avoid?
• Is there a promise for me to claim?
• Is there something I should make a matter of prayer?
• What does this passage teach me?
• Is there something I am commanded to do?
• Is there a verse I should commit to memory?
courtesy of : Omar C. Garcia Location: BibleTeachingNotes.com
Proverbs 1:1-6 "The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: 2 to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding; 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young man: 5 that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel: 6 to understand a proverb and parables, the words and riddles of the wise." World English Bible (WEB)