I shared in this post about the importance of studying the Bible regularly if we want to grow as Christians. However, one question I have received often from readers is this “How do I study the Bible?” Today I’ll be sharing a roundup of 5 Bible Study Methods to Help You Focus Your Quiet Time.
Spending quality time reading your Bible in the presence of the Lord is one of the most important parts of this journey we are on. But the Bible is such a dense book and figuring out how to navigate it can be a challenge sometimes.First, you should decide what book of the Bible to read. And then once you decide what next? Do you just read through each chapter until you’re done? Do you take notes in a journal? Or in your Bible? I don’t think there’s really a wrong way to read the Bible. I just believe that it should be a practice that is done with intention.
A practice that is done with the intention of helping us learn better what Heavenly Father expects from us. Notice that I use the word practice. I think Bible study is a practice because 1. It’s a never-ending part of our walk with Christ. 2. The way you choose to do it will probably change regularly
I have curated these 5 Bible Study methods in one post to provide you with options for approaching your bible study practice. Sometimes, having a specific method/guide is helpful as it provides a focus for your quiet time. These Bible Study methods allow you to make the most of your quiet time and dig deeper into the word.
I do think that with time, you’ll begin to figure out what works best for you in approaching your Bible study time and it very well may end up being an eclectic combination of these methods. A few of these methods were developed because they author felt like there was something missing from one of the other methods on this list. So, if you’re looking to find your own unique bible study method, I recommend that you try a few of these and determine which feels most natural and manageable for you.
I’ve created a bookmark for each of these bible study methods for you; go ahead and download and print the one that works for you. Keep it in your Bible so you’ll always remember your chosen method when you go to spend time with the Lord.
Let’s dig in!
5 Bible Study Methods to Help You Focus Your Quiet Time
The POWER Bible Study method
Jenny over at the littlest way says she came up with the POWER method because she “needed an acronym that expressed the power [she] believes God’s Word holds. [She] also wanted a formula to follow that includes everything [she] felt [she] should do or think when reading the Word so [she didn’t] just wander around aimlessly…”
What is the POWER method?
The SOAP Bible Study method
I have seen the SOAP method around for years but have always had a hard time finding the original inventor of this acronym. However, my favorite place to direct people who want to try this method is Love God Greatly.
Here’s what Angela has to say about this method: “It’s one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to REALLY read it, suddenly words start popping off the page. By SOAPing your verses, you can dig deeper into scripture and “see” more than if you simply read the verses and then went on your merry way. Let me encourage you to take the time to S.O.A.P. the daily verses and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily reading……you’ll be amazed.”
They also share an example of how to use SOAP with a bible verse. So, check it out here if you’re interested in trying this method and want to see it in action.
What is the SOAP method?
The REST Bible Study method –
Kaylene Yoder created the REST Bible study method to help people get into the habit of feeding their soul with the Word of the Lord. Her thought process behind creating REST aligns so well with mine. In this post, I talked about how devotionals are good but not enough for us to grow in Christ and Kaylene’s goal is to encourage you to grow in Christ by spending time in the word.
Here’s what Kaylene says about REST: “The R.E.S.T. Bible Study Method is not a devotional filled with thoughts or insights gleaned through someone’s time with the Lord. It is simply a method that will guide you through a powerful and personal time with the Father. Our goal with the R.E.S.T. Bible Study Method is to equip women to lay down the devotionals and delve into the real Word of God. I don’t just want to read about the Word – I want to eat the Word, savor the Word, digest the Word, and then live out the Word.”
What is the REST method?
The GROW Bible Study method
The GROW method comes from Artistic Hands of Faith and was created to serve as a simple guide for your quiet time. Here’s what Faith has to say about GROW: “GROW is an acronym that stands for Greet, Read, Observe and Write. This is only a mere guideline as to what your quiet time reading God’s Word COULD look like. Some ladies appreciate structure and guidance during a study while others like to do their own thing. Both are perfectly fine and okay!”
What is the GROW method?
The FEAST Bible Study method
Asheritah created the FEAST method from a place of hunger and longing for God. Here’s what she says about FEAST:
“God wants us to feast on His Word so that we will find our deepest satisfaction in Him. He wants us to grow not just in knowledge of Him but in love with Him also. And in those moments of private worship and Bible study last summer, I discovered a fullness of joy and life that I had never known was possible. Whether you’re new to Bible study or have been studying the Bible for many years, this FEAST method will bring richness to your personal quiet time and increase your love and knowledge of God.”
What is the FEAST method?
Regardless of which method you choose to use when studying your Bible, the important thing is that you are spending quality quiet time in the Word of God.If you’re wondering why spending time with God is so important, you might want to check out this article on 7 important reasons to read the Bible.
How do I Study my Bible?
I think my personal Bible Study style is probably a combination of these methods I shared with you – the closest bible study method of the ones I shared to my style is probably the G.R.O.W. method.I like to always start my quiet time with prayer. Which inspired me to write this prayer before you read the Bible.
After praying I read through a whole chapter once to get the main idea. Then I go back and read again slowly. This second time around with when I begin taking notes and annotating my Bible. I don’t always finish a whole chapter the second time around which is totally fine. We should be focused on the quality of our quiet time, not how long it is. As I go through my second read through, I try to ask the Lord what the main message is for my life? I also look for a life lesson to guide me through the day and onwards.
I hope that you can take one or a combination of these Bible study methods and use it to guide you as you spending more time with your Heavenly Father. Spending quality time in His presence is one of the best ways to develop a deep and personal relationship with Him.
Remember to download your bookmarks before you leave, that way you have an easy way to remember all the various methods.Start the conversation! Do you already use one of these Bible Study methods? Or do you have a different way to study the Bible? Share below.