Has your Bible study time ever felt dry and unorganized? Do you ever walk away forgetting what you just read? Have you lost your excitement and joy in Bible reading? Many Christians answer yes to these questions. In Learn to Study the Bible you'll discover 40 different step-by-step Bible study methods that you can use to study the Scriptures in many new and exciting ways.
Why use a method to study the Bible? Unless we have a plan to act upon, we are bound to fail. A Bible study method is a plan. So, each of the 40 methods in this book provides a different plan that will help you to think through the passages that you read. They will allow you to slow down and patiently and prayerfully reflect upon the Scripture you are studying.
This book contains the largest variety of methods! It has more methods, how-to illustrations, and study aids than you will find in any one resource. Whether you are just getting started in your walk with the Lord or are a mature believer, you will find a number of Bible study methods that will add enjoyment to your study time.
By utilizing the tools included in Learn to Study the Bible, you will be prepared to better approach Bible study with more depth and understanding. Incorporating the practical methods found in this volume with your preferred Bible, the Passage Guide, and the other Bible study tools in Logos Bible Software allows you to dive into Bible study with a significant base of knowledge, right in front of you.
“Reading the Bible is not the same as studying the Bible.” (Page 16)
“However, it does no good to look into a mirror if all we do is walk away, forgetting what we saw. When we study the Bible, we should do so with the intention of allowing it to transform us. Our goal is not to master it, but rather, to be mastered by it. Therefore, we should come to God’s Word with two basic questions: 1) What does God want to say to me? and 2) What does God want me to do?” (Page 20)
“A.B. Simpson wrote, ‘God has hidden every precious thing in such a way that it is a reward to the diligent, a prize to the earnest, but a disappointment to the slothful soul. All nature is arrayed against the lounger and the idler. The nut is hidden in its thorny case; the pearl is buried beneath the ocean waves; the gold is imprisoned in the rocky bosom of the mountains; the gem is found only after you crush the rock which encloses it; the very soil gives its harvest as a reward to the laboring farmer. So truth and God must be earnestly sought.’” (Page 17)
“Look for clues in the text that reveal God’s attributes and meditate upon what you are learning about Him in His Word.” (Page 19)
“The best assurance we have of arriving at the right interpretation of any biblical passage always begins with laying aside our own preconceived notions, gut feelings, long-held beliefs, and persuasive arguments, and allowing the Word of God and the Spirit of God to impart understanding to us.” (Page 30)
. . . I commend to you Andy Dean’s book, Learn to Study the Bible, as giving many different practical methods for listening carefully to Scripture. As I read through his book, I saw the great value in Christians varying their method of Bible study. Just as good athletes testify that cross-training strengthens different muscles, the CROSS-training provided in Learn to Study the Bible will strengthen your spiritual life.
—Robert L. Plummer, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Certain things in the Christian life are non-negotiable, and studying the Bible is one of them. Every believer, regardless of the spiritual season they’re in, must have a regular routine that gets them engaged in God’s Word. But while the “must” to study is universal, the “method” isn’t. What works well for some doesn’t work at all for others. We’ve been wired differently and learn in different ways, which is why this is such a relevant and important book. With 40 different methods of studying the Bible, there’s something here for everyone. No matter who you are or how you’re wired to learn, you’re going to find a key in these pages that will unlock the riches of God’s Word in your life.
—Bob Coy, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
Learn to Study the Bible is an affordable and practical book for those who want to dig deeper and get more out of their personal Bible study.
—Michael Catt, Senior Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church
Anything that will help Christian people get more into the word and more out of the word is bound to be a great blessing. This book will do just that. Andy has done a fantastic job of laying out numerous options for Bible Study. I'm sure there's a method here that will be helpful for most everyone who is serious about growing in the Lord through his word.
—Brian Broderson, Associate Pastor, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
Even for the most avid Bible reader, studying the Book can become dry and repetitive. That’s why Pastor Andy Deane wrote Learn to Study the Bible—a guide that offers 40 Bible study methods—more than any book of its kind. Deane presents an image of the Bible as a treasure trove for the reader’s keeping. . . . Deane’s work is ideal for anyone interested in deepening his or her daily devotions.
—Bible Study Magazine
Wow has Andy shattered the cold stone ceiling of Bible study! No longer should the Bible remain mysterious and reserved for the theologians. Many Bible study methods morph into boring laborious monotony, but not this one. Learn to Study the Bible makes knowing the Bible adventurous, deeply personal, thought provoking, and just plain fun. No matter where you open this book you will discover great new methods of digging into the treasure of God’s Word. Whether the chapter on Daily Devotions, the Rethink & Restate Method, or Verse by Verse Charting, the next journey is more fun than the last one. Anyone wishing to cultivate the same passion for God’s Word that has transformed the author will love this book.
—Lloyd Pulley, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge
Andy has put together an amazing resource. We will definitely be using this for not only our School of Ministry students, but in our training for all of our leaders, for our one-on-one discipleship and small group Bible studies.
—Bob Caldwell, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Boise
Andy Deane serves on staff as an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, in central New Jersey. He has a passion for studying and teaching God's Word.