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Monday, June 22, 2009

How To Do a Word Study

There are many different ways to study the Bible. One way is to do a word study. A word study can be as deep as you choose to make it. I am going to give you the simple version but at the end I'll give you a few extra tips on how to make it deeper if you'd like.

Step #1 - Determine what you would like to know more about from God's word. It may be something you struggle with like anger, worry, fear, joy, or forgiving others. It may be a theological area you'd like to study like grace, faith, sanctification, hell or the return of Jesus. Maybe you'd like to know more about a woman in the Bible such as Eve, Mary, Esther or Ruth. Maybe you'd like to look into family matters like what God says about children, marriage, or homemaking. Whatever it is - write that down on the top of your paper.


Step #2 - Go to the green box, right here on my site, along the right hand column that says "Search the Bible". Enter in the word that you would like to search the Bible for. This will take you to another website - so read the rest of the directions before you do this step.


Step #3 - Go to the "Reference and Keyword box and again enter your search word.


Step #4 - All the verses in the Bible that contain the word you are searching for will pop up. For example there are 238 verses with the word anger in it. Now skim through those verses and write down on your paper - 10-20 of the verses that pertain to your situation or what you are looking to know more about.


Step #5 - Take the verses you wrote down on your paper and look each one up in their context to see what God has to say about the word you are studying and write down what you observe and how you can apply it.

Step #6 - Memorize the verse that speaks the most strongly to your heart.

That's the easiest way to do a word study.

If you'd like to do further study on a word - you would want to look up the definition of the word in the Greek/Hebrew. This can be done through a Concordance or Bible Dictionary. Then I like to read the verses in a couple different versions of the Bible such as New International Version, New King James Version and New American Standard Version.
Then look up further information on the verses in a commentary. My favorite commentary is Matthew Henry's Commentary. All of these tools I've mentioned are available online by going to http://www.biblestudytools.com/ This website is the most exhaustive that I have found and I've spent hours on there having lots of fun learning God's word - so check it out and enjoy!

Walk with the King!

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Julie said...

Thanks for the overview of this important study skill, Courtney. I think word study was my "first step" into getting to know my Bible and wanting to know more!

June 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Good post!!! :)

June 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

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