Creative Bible Study Methods – Part 4

February 1, 20180 Comments

Devotional Method

STEP ONE: RECORD PASSAGE INFORMATION

STEP TWO: IDENTIFY THE SUBJECT

STEP THREE: IDENTIFY THE KEY VERSE

STEP FOUR: MEDITATE

STEP FIVE: APPLY

Is there an example to follow in this portion of Scripture? Is there an error or sin which should be avoided? Does this portion of Scripture call for action? What changes should you make in your life in view of what you have learned in this Scripture portion? Be specific. Pray a personal prayer regarding this passage. Ask God to help you apply the truths you have learned.

Book Study Method

STEP ONE: INITIAL SURVEY:

STEP TWO: BOOK STUDY CHART:

STEP THREE: BOOK OUTLINE:

EXAMPLE OF THE METHOD

STEP ONE: INITIAL SURVEY:

Book: The book selected for survey is Philippians.

Theme: The theme of the book is an appeal for Christian unity.

Author: The author of the book is the Apostle Paul.

Written To: The book was written to the Christians in the city of Philippi.

Purpose: The general purpose of the book was twofold: It was to thank the Philippians for their support of his ministry and appeal for Christian unity.

Life And Ministry Principle: The basic life and ministry principle is unity brings joy.

STEP TWO: BOOK STUDY CHART:

Name of book: Philippians

Title for chart: An Appeal For Christian Unity

Chapter Titles:
1 ___________________________________
2 ___________________________________
3 ___________________________________
4 ___________________________________
5 ___________________________________

Key Words: Rejoice, joy.

Key Verse: Philippians 2:2

Characters: Euodias, Syntyce, Timotheus, Epaphroditus, Clement, Caesar’s household.

STEP THREE: BOOK OUTLINE:

Philippians: An Appeal For Christian Unity
I. Introduction:
A. Greeting 1:1-2
1. From Paul and Timotheus.
2. To: Saints in Christ Jesus, bishops, and deacons at Philippi.
B. Prayer for Philippians 1:3-11
C. Personal matters 1:12-26
1. Events which have served to spread the Gospel 1:12-18
2. Faith that he will be released 1:19-21
3. His questioning as to whether it is best to live or die 1:22-26
II. Exhortations for unity 1:27-2:18
A. Appeal for unity in suffering 1:27-30
B. Unity in Christ 2:1-11
C. Spiritual growth brings unity 2:12-18
III. Paul’s plans 2:19-30
A. Hopes to send Timothy 2:19-23
B. Hopes to come himself 2:24
C. Is sending Epaproditus 2:25-30
IV. Warnings 3:1-4:1
A. Against Judaizing teachers 3:1-16
B. Against false teachers 3:17-21
V. Exhortations 4:1-9
A. Unity between Euodias and Syntyce 4:1-3
B. Unity in joy 4:4
C. Unity in moderation 4:5
D. Unity in prayer 4:6
E. Unity in mind 4:7-8
F. Unity between knowledge and actions 4:9
VI. Thanks for their gift 4:10-20
VII. Benediction 4:21-23

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Child of the King, husband to Alice, father to Sarah and Douglas, grand father to Samuel, Avery, Stevie, Eloise, Reed, Madeline and Margaret, pastor to the Vineyard in Big Pine Key, sometime writer and blogger, jogger, kayaker and founder of the Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (onlinebibleinstitute.org).

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