A Bible study is not very useful unless you have written down what you have learned. We humans have a tendency to forget what we have read. You should have a personal Bible study notebook where you keep all the studying and learning you have done. The notebook is knowledge and wisdom gathered with your labor from the word of God; don’t let all that effort go to waste by putting away the notebook and forgetting about it.
The following are some of the steps that need to be taken after one has finished a Bible study, unless these are done all the effort and time spent will be lost.
I have given you some of the ideas that I have learned and used in many years in the ministry that I have used in my Bible studies. But you can be creative and come up with many more ways to study by yourself or in a group setting.
Experiential knowledge is gotten outside of books. This is an indirect way to study the scriptures, and it's very useful to help us understand them more clearly. There are many ways to get it.
Travelling: Visiting the Holy land and other places mentioned in the Bible, can give one a better understanding of how events happened. If you can't travel, perhaps you can see videos or pictures about those places. The library has plenty of videos about those places.
Many items mentioned in the Bible are unavailable. Neither can we go to the original places to see the events unfolding. That is why we need some visual representation, to help us understand the Bible better. Some Christian bookstores sell excellent visual aids, and they are usually cheap to buy however many times you need a visual tailored to your own specific needs. The following are some of the ways to make your own visual aids.
Memorizing parts of the Bible is a worthy endeavor, which will richly reward any person. It is also extremely helpful in Bible studies. There are many memorization techniques, the following are a few of the techniques used for memorization. Use the techniques that feel right for you.
Use rote memorization. This means reading or repeating several times a verse. Doing it at least ten times is recommended. (*This technique is used extensively by Japanese students)
There is no substitute for the plain word of God, but there are some tools that one can use in order to understand more clearly its precepts, stories and background. When deciding on which biblical tool to buy, I would advise against buying from a vendor or an author advocating for a particular denomination, but instead get the tool offered to the general Christian community. The cost of these tools vary, you might save some money if you buy them used or discounted. Ask a retiring minister or the family of a minister who has passed away.
Many Bible students want to have the best tools for studying the scriptures. So they go and buy all kinds of Bible aids like: concordances, dictionaries, etc. These tools are good to have, but the best tool is called the question mark (?). This little mark is able to make you wiser than a whole library. This tool is used by scientists, reporters, and writers. There are many ways to use the question mark, but there are seven basic questions, and they are (what, who, when, where, why, which, how). Let us see their use in Bible study.
The Bible is the most up to date book on human needs. Its basic guidelines show us the proper way to deal with most situations in life. Studying by need is a very personal way to learn and apply the Gods word to our lives and relations with others. There are a great many areas where the Bible can guide us, but the following are perhaps the major areas where we need most help.
Help in our religious life. This is an area where we need a lot of guidance, so God patiently tells us his doctrines, principles and rules, so we can properly serve and worship him".
Studying the Bible without any system or method will only confuse, overwhelm and weary the serious student. There are many methods of Bible study, using some of the following methods consistently will greatly increase your understanding and will make your time more productive. Be aware that using a single method will make for unbalanced doctrine.
Don't forget to write down and keep in a notebook every study you do, for later review, this is extremely important.
The interpretation of scriptures or hermeneutics is the science that tells us what a scripture really means. There are different ways to interpret the scriptures. Most agree that the best one is the literal/figurative. Some of the most common methods are given below.