Based on Rick Warren’s 40 Days in the Word Study
1. Pronounce It
This is by far the easiest method to use. Take a verse, read it aloud. Read it again placing the emphasis on a different word. Repeat the process until each word has had the emphasis placed on it. Then write down any insights you get from hearing God’s words.
2. Picture It
This method works best with narratives and parables. Look for a section of Scripture that tells a story. As you read, put yourself into the story. Which character did you most relate to and why? Ask yourself what you would do if you were in that story? How would I feel? Take some notes. Write down what you observed through the process. Ask God what He wants you to learn.
3. Probe It
This is one of my favorites. Rick came up with an acrostic to help you remember the probing questions to ask Scripture as we study. S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S.
S is there any sin to confess?
P is there a promise to claim?
A is there an attitude to change?
C is there a command to obey?
E is there an example to follow?
P is there a prayer to pray?
E is there an error to avoid?
T is here a truth to believe?
S is there something to praise or thank God for?
This method would be handy any time you read the Bible. It should be on a bookmark!
4. Paraphrase It
This method is fairly easy too. All you do is read the Bible and say it back in your own words. This helps with the reading comprehension part of studying. It is great for small group study because everyone’s paraphrase may help you understand the verse better.
5. Personalize It
This method is where you literally put your name into the verse.
For example Luke 2:52 says “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Now read the verse again but put your name in place of “Jesus.” “Elizabeth increased in wisdom and statute and in favor with God and man.”
Isn’t that encouraging? It provides affirmations that help build our confidence. It speaks true directly to us. Try and see.
6. Pray It
This method is another one of my favorites. It works best with Proverbs but it works with any Scripture too. As you read a verse, pray it back to God. For example Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Pray it back to God like this: “Father, this way seems right to me, but I don’t want it to end in death so lead me in your way of life instead.”
So now you know 6 more methods for studying the Bible. I hope you will try one or all six of these ideas. Consider trying a different one every day or every week. It can revitalize your study time.
In His Grace,
For more detailed instructions, pick up a copy of 40 Days in the Word. It is a wonderful guide to learning these study methods over 40 days. It provides a lot of additional study resources.