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Bible Study Steps OBSERVE Acquisitively. Attempt to retain the text.

Prayerfully. Don’t copy others; ask God to reveal things to you. Imaginatively. Think about how you might write the verse.

Thoughtfully. Be a detective.

Purposefully. Understand that the author used structure to send a message.

Telescopically. Understand the significance in light of the entire Bible.

Is there a prayer to repeat?

Is there a challenge to face?

Renew Now!

Is there an example for me to follow?

Is there a verse to memorize? Is there a sin to avoid?


Consult other resources to ensure your interpretation is accurate.

Compare words, themes, phrases and styles of the text with other biblical texts.

Is there a promise to claim?

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Patiently. Spend quality time in each book you study.

Grasp how the context fits with the literary genre, history, relationships and location.

A P P LY Is there a condition to meet?

Meditatively. Reflect on the words.

Repeatedly. Read entire books at a time.

INTERPRET Examine the cultural setting of the book.

Selectively. Decipher the who, what, where, when and how in the text.

Is there an error to mark?

Is there a command to obey?

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