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From the author of. THe PURPOse DRiven®. Life. Rick WaRRen's. MeTHODs. BiBLe sTUDY. Twelve Ways You Can. Unlock God's Word. Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods. Also know as: 12 Dynamic Bible Method 1 - The Devotional Method of Bible Study ~ Chart: HTML / PDF. In the Devotional. 12 BIBLE STUDY METHODS. BY RICK WARREN. Below is information provided that will present 12 proven Bible study methods that will enable you to study the.

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RICK WARREN'S BIBLE STUDY METHODS · Each study method in this book is presented in such a way that any believers · in Christ can follow the steps. RICK WARREN'S BIBLE STUDY METHODS apply its truth to your own life in a way that is personal, practical, possible, and provable. The goal is for you to take . Rick Warren, Bible Study Methods, , p 12 Bible Study Methods. 7. Word Study Method. 8. Book Background Method. 9. Book Survey Method.

Bible study without personal application can be just an academic exercise with no spiritual value. The Bible was written to be applied to our lives. In his succinct way Howard Hendricks has said, 'Interpretation without application is abortion!

Application Is Necessary for Our Lives Study of the Word of God should lead to its application in our lives, with the result that the Scriptures change us to conform more with the will of God.

You can't really get to know the Word of God unless you apply it to your life. During his ministry Jesus had a number of encounters with the religious leaders of his time. These were primarily the Pharisees, the acknowledged scholars of the day; the scribes, legal and religious experts in Jewish law; and the Sadducees, the liberalizing element in Jewish society at that time.

On one occasion the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection from the dead, asked Jesus a trick question. Jesus' answer is indeed interesting. He said to them, 'You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God' Matt.

The Sadducees had an intellectual knowledge of the facts of the Jewish Scriptures our Old Testament , but they did not apply these principles in a personal way. You can be a walking Bible encyclopedia, with your head crammed full of biblical knowledge, but it won't do you any good if you don't apply it practically in daily living. If you study the Word of God without applying it to your life, you are no better off than the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus' day.

You really don't know the Scriptures until you put them into practice. Studying the Word of God can be dangerous if you merely study it without applying it.

Bible study without application can be dangerous because knowledge puffs up. The apostle Paul stated, 'Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up' 1 Cur. The Greek word translated 'puffs up' contains the idea of being inflated with pride that in turn leads to arrogance.

The Bible tells us that the devil knows the Word intellectually see his temptation of Jesus Matt. When you correctly apply the Word of God to your life, you eliminate the danger of being puffed up with pride. You can dig and dig in Scripture, but you will never touch bottom. For this reason you can study the same passage over and over again, dig into it, leave it for three or four months — and when you come back to it, there is much more to find.

The key is this: Stick with it! Remember that there is no limit to the number of questions you can ask, no limit to the observations you can make, no limit to the applications you can make. Bible study has no shortcuts. It is hard work, but if you are diligent and patient, you will reap results in due time. So stick with it! Good Bible study demands some preparation. Here are four things that are important to you if you are to receive the most benefit from your study. Schedule your Bible study time.

Set aside a specific amount of time to do Bible study each week. Decide how much time you want to spend on Bible study. You must make time for Bible study. How often should you study the Bible?

The answer will vary from person to person, but an important factor to keep in mind is the distinction between your quiet time and your Bible study time. You should have a quiet time every day.

It is usually a short devotional period 10 — 30 minutes in which you read the Bible, meditate for a few minutes on what you have read, and have a time of prayer. The purpose of your quiet time is to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. See appendix A for instructions on how to have a quiet time. You should not try to do in-depth Bible study during your quiet time. In fact, nothing will kill your quiet time faster than engaging in serious Bible study during that devotional period.

Just enjoy the presence of God and fellowship with him. While it is better to have a minute quiet time every day than just a one-hour period once a week, the exact opposite is true in Bible study.

You cannot study the Bible effectively in a piecemeal fashion. It is better to block out larger periods of time two to four hours than to try to study a little bit every day. Then as you grow in your Bible study skills, you can spend additional time with it. Probably the worst enemy of Bible study today in the Western world is televi- sion. Surveys show that the TV is on 7 hours, 40 minutes per day in the average American home.

The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day — which packed together would be 61 days of TV viewing per year. If, on the other hand, a person went to Sunday school regularly from birth until age 65, he would only have had a total of four months of solid Bible teaching.

Is it any wonder that there are so many weak Christians in Western society? We have to discipline ourselves and make specific time for Bible study, and not let anything get in its way. You should study your Bible when you are at your best physically, emotionally, and intellectually, and when you can be undistracted and unhurried.

You should never try to study when you are tired or right after a large meal. Try to study when you are rested and wide-awake. Keep a notebook. As already stated, you cannot study the Bible without writ- ing down things that you have observed.

Each study method suggested in this book has a study form designed to go with it. Get the right tools. With each method of study is a list of suggested refer- ence tools you will need for your study.

Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God's Word

The first few methods require few or no tools, while the later ones require a number of them. You should consider making an investment in these reference tools and setting up a little personal reference library. It will be an investment you will use the rest of your life. You will find a discussion of these in the next section, with suggestions for a basic and more advanced library.

Spend a short time in prayer before each study. First, ask the Lord to cleanse your life from all known sin and to fill you with the Holy Spirit, so you will be in fellowship with him during the study.

This is the advantage of studying the Bible as compared with studying a textbook: you have direct communication with the Author himself.

You have the privilege of studying not only the revelation, but also the Revealer. So make sure you are in fellowship with Christ before you study his Word. The apostle Paul said that if you are in the flesh, or carnal, you cannot under- stand spiritual truths 1 Cor. Second, pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you in your study.

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The best way to understand the Bible is to talk with its Author. In the final analysis, unless God the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to see the truths in the Bible, all of your studying will be a wasted effort. Many Christians are not aware of the many excellent reference tools currently available to make personal Bible study possible and exciting. This is comparable to a carpenter who sets out to build a house without knowing that a hammer and saw are available to him.

Pastors should acquaint their people with these books, for the devil delights in keeping them out of circulation. As long as Satan can keep Christians from study- ing their Bibles on their own, his work will be that much easier. Bible study tools, however, are not meant to replace the Bible; rather, they help us in studying the Bible itself. Bible study is a skill we need to develop. Carpenters need their hammers and saws; artists need their brushes and paints; plumbers need their wrenches.

Likewise, serious Bible students will want to take advantage of the available reference tools to help them search the Scriptures effectively. People who try to study the Bible systematically without using good tools will find their job tedious and difficult.

Some Christians hesitate to use references out of fear that they will become too dependent on them. You should not be afraid of using reference tools, for most of these books represent the lifelong studies of dedicated men of God. The insights they received from the Lord can enrich your Bible study immensely and provide information about people, places, and events that you would not find in the Bible alone. The study Bible. Your first and most important tool is a good study Bible.

Some Bibles are more adaptable to personal Bible study than others. A good study Bible should have print large enough for you to read for long periods of time with- out getting a headache from eyestrain.

It should also have paper thick enough for you to make notes without the ink running through the paper to the next page.

Wide margins are helpful because they allow room for making personal notations. Finally, a study Bible should have a good system of cross-references. I recommend the New International Version NIV because exhaustive concor- dances and various study Bibles are available today in that version. The study Bibles include a general edition as well as versions designed for particular catego- ries of people, such as men, women, teenagers, and people still in their spiritual search for God.

Several recent translations. In the past 50 years we have seen the produc- tion of many new translations of the Bible that use contemporary English. Though weaknesses exist in every translation, each one makes a unique contribution to a better understanding of the Bible. Many people who were previously not interested in the King James Version have begun to read and study the Bible in the more recent translations.

The greatest benefit you can receive from these versions is comparing them one with another in your study. The many possible meanings and usages of a word can be found by reading a verse in the various versions and not- ing the differences.

This allows you to compare translations quickly without having to lay out 10 Bibles across your desk. Besides these recent translations, a few well-known paraphrases have been produced. A translation is more of a word-for-word translation from the original language; a paraphrase is what one person believes the original says, which calls for inclusion of their own interpretation in some places.

Most translations have been prepared by a group of scholars, while a paraphrase is the work of one person. Paraphrases are fine for occasional light devotional reading, but should not be used for serious Bible study. Use an accurate and respected translation for that.

Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods

It seeks to show the many renderings a Greek or Hebrew word can have, so you can understand the full implica- tions of its usage. Some say it allows the reader to select his own mean- ings. It is helpful in doing word studies, but is not recommended as a regular reading Bible.

It is very similar to the NIV only 7 percent is different , but takes a more gender-accurate approach. Many other fine translations are available today, so choose the ones with which you will be most comfortable. Two or three different recent Bible translations will get you started. An exhaustive concordance. By far the most important tool you will need in Bible study next to your study Bible is a concordance geared to your primary Bible version.

It gives you not just one, but twelve methods for exploring the riches of God's Word. At least one of them is exactly what you're looking for--an approach that's right for you, right where you're at. Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the how-tos of the following methods: You can too.

Written by America's pastor, Rick Warren, Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods will help you develop a customized approach to studying, understanding, and applying the Bible. As founding pastor of Saddleback Church, Dr.

Rick Warren leads a 30,member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. As an author, his book The Purpose Driven Life is one of the bestselling nonfiction books in publishing history. As a theologian, he has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Judaism, and dozens of universities and seminaries.

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I wanted to seriously study the b I was skeptical about this book. Why is it that most Christians do not study the Word of God? Then there are the breakdowns of 12 different approaches one could take in studying the Bible.

At this point, I must warn you about this book: If you get serious about studying the Bible on your own, you will never again be satisfied with a mere sec- ondhand knowledge of the Scriptures. God's commands are not optional.

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