Bible Study Method

I have embarked on a new (for me) method for studying the Bible, and it is (at this time) very exciting for me.
I am intensely studying one book, the Epistle to the Ephesians.

I took the text of the entire epistle and put it into my word processor.
I formatted it with 2-inch margins, double-spaced, and printed it out on only one side of the paper. I then placed all that into a 3-ring binder to use for note-taking during this study.

I read the epistle through a couple of times before beginning the out line of the book. Outlining took me a couple of days to complete. I found it interesting afterwards, when I checked other outlines, to find that no two are alike–not even close!

Each day, before I begin the study, I read the entire epistle in one sitting. Then I go to the section I am working on and begin praying about each verse–often, each word. I do not get very far with this method; but, then, it is not about quantity of consumption.

I make my notes all over the paper and on the blank side of the one facing me. I am basically creating my own commentary for this magnificent treatment on who we are and what we have in Christ.

Maybe I’ll begin posting some of the insights the Lord gives me as I go along.

7 Responses to “Bible Study Method”

  1. annie Says:

    Wow, sounds awesome, Dale!

  2. godwithus1 Says:

    That does sound awesome. I am working on a small group study for the book of Romans — using almost the same methods.

  3. Dale Hill Says:

    godwithus1,
    Great!
    Let us know how it goes; how it works for you and those to whom you minister.

  4. darla Says:

    Dale, I love Ephesians! I can not get enough of it! hope you share some tidbits from it…

  5. Dale Hill Says:

    Darla, Ephesians has long been one of my favorite books. It truly ministers comfort to the doubting soul. We’ll see what the Lord has for the Blog as I get deeper into the study.

  6. Michelle Says:

    I love this method! It really causes me to slow down and examine what’s there.

    Have you ever heard of structuring the text? It’s similar to what you are doing…well, it’s too hard to explain in a comment thread. But I bet it’s explained out there…somewhere…? It’s like sentence structuring, but not. It’s a great way to slow down and answer who, what, where, when, why and how…

    …sorry, Dale. That’s no help.

    It’ll be great to hear what you’ve gained through this method.

  7. Dale Hill Says:

    Haven’t heard of structuring the text. When I think of sentence structuring, I think of the way I was taught to diagram a sentence. Is it similar?
    I’ve often thought recently that I should begin to try to do that with the English version I might be using and then with the Greek. I’ll look for “sentence structuring” on the web later tonight to see what shows up.
    Thanks for the thought.


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