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Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods

, 2006
ISBN: 9780310591658
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You were created to become like Christ. This is one of the five God-ordained purposes for your life described in The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and it’s why studying the Bible is so important. The Bible’s truths will transform you, aligning you with the character and ways of Jesus as you encounter him in the Scriptures.

This easy-to-understand book shows you how to study the Bible Rick Warren’s way. It gives you not just one, but twelve methods for exploring the riches of God’s Word. At least one of them is exactly what you’re looking for—an approach that’s right for you, right where you’re at. Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the how-tos of the following methods:

  • Devotional
  • Chapter summary
  • Character quality
  • Thematic
  • Biographical
  • Topical
  • Word Study
  • Book Background
  • Book Survey
  • Chapter Analysis
  • Book Synthesis
  • Verse Analysis

Thousands of individuals, small groups, churches, and seminary classes have used this practical manual to unlock the wonderful truths of Scripture. You can too. Written by America’s pastor, Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods will help you develop a customized, personal approach to studying, understanding, and applying the Bible.

Resource Experts
  • Explanation and examples of 12 Bible study methods
  • Seven appendixes on quiet time, biographical study, chapter analysis, and more
  • Details bibliography for further reading and research
  • Preface
  • Introduction: How to Study the Bible
  • Preview of the 12 Bible Study Methods
  • Appendices
  • For Further Reading

Top Highlights

“1. The secret of dynamic Bible study is knowing how to ask the right kinds of questions.” (Page 15)

“2. Dynamic Bible study involves writing down what you have observed and discovered.” (Page 15)

“3. The ultimate goal of dynamic Bible study is application, not just interpretation.” (Page 16)

“5. In dynamic Bible study you will never exhaust the riches in any one passage of Scripture.” (Page 18)

“3. Application is hard work because we naturally resist change.” (Page 37)

Everybody says you ought to study the Bible, but no one tells you how, until Rick came along. If you've wondered where Rick Warren learned all those insights that he wrote in Purpose Driven Life—these are the methods he used. If you loved Purpose Driven Life, you know the importance of finding the truth for yourself, not just accepting it from someone else. This book will help you do it—step by step.

—Online Reviewer

Rick Warren

Rick Warren (1954– ) founded one of the largest and well-known churches in the world: Saddleback Church. Started in Orange County, California, in 1980, Saddleback now has over 20,000 in attendance each week. He also founded the Purpose Driven movement, a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations across the world. Using the teachings of the Purpose Driven movement, Warren wrote the book, The Purpose Driven Church, and devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 25 million copies.

Warren earned degrees from California Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Warren has lectured at universities and seminaries all over the world including Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Judaism. He has trained over 350,000 pastors worldwide.

Warren has written several other books, including Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods, which explains 12 different methods of studying God’s Word.


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  1. Roberto



  2. John L. Jefferson
  3. Ruben Napoles

    Ruben Napoles


    Un libro excelente para aprender diferentes metodos de estudio, ideal para adentrarse al estudio biblico
  4. Bishop McBride
    Outstanding book
  5. Elina A.

    Elina A.


  6. Erick  R. Kendall
  7. Bill Shewmaker

    Bill Shewmaker


  8. Victor E. Cabot
  9. MJ. Smith

    MJ. Smith


    Rick Warren first published his 12 methods of Bible study in 1981.His book has remained relevant because his gives clear simple instructions and forms for each method. In addition his methods require little prior knowledge of Scripture and the study of Scripture. He makes catchy acronyms to help you remember the steps e.g. S-P-A-C-E-P-E-T-S for application or the 10 C's for a chapter summary. The only serious flaw in the order of the methods - some methods used within another method are required before they have been introduced. The book earns its position as a classic for young adult Bible study. To succeed in the intended audience, the book ignores two Issues of importance to me: (1) the use of chapter and verse as units of study without concern for the logical, grammatical divisions and (2)the "one size fits all" approach that does not adjust the method to fit the genre being read. For these reasons, I consider the book to be introductory.