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How to Study: Rightly Dividing the Word

By Joachim Broegaard

1. What exhortation is Paul giving us on how to study the Bible? 2Tim 2:15; John 5:39

2. What is one of the reasons to study and know the truth? 1Pet 3:15; Pr 15:28; 16:1; 22:21

3. What happened to Godís people in ancient days and why? Hosea 4:6; Is 5:13

4. What happens to us when we do not know the Scriptures? Matt 22:29

5. What did the more noble Jews do when they heard Paul preach? Acts 17:10.11

6. What does Peter say that some do with Paulís writings? 2Pet 3:15.16

7. What must our attitude be like when we study? Ps 119:142.165; Acts 2:37 (compare with 2Thess 2:9-11; 2Cor 4:4)

8. Who has been promised to guide us into all truth? John 16:13 (compare with John 17:17)

9. What claim do we find about the Scriptures in the Bible? 2Tim 3:16

10. What did Jesus say when it seemed like the Bible contradicted itself? John 10:35; Luke 10:25.26

11. How should we study and teach the doctrines from the Bible? Is 28:9.10; 1Cor 2:13

12. How did Jesus study the topic of His death on the cross? Luke 24:25-27.44

13. What is the blessed result when Godís Word is rightly understood? Jer 15:16

Commitment: Will you, like the Jews of Berea, receive the Word with joy and search the Scriptures daily to know the truth for yourself?

Questions to ask when studying:
What, when, where, who, why, how?
How does this apply to me?

Questions to ask when studying difficult texts:
What does it not say?
What does it say?
Is this literal or symbolic (parable, prophecy)?
What is the context?
What is the weight of evidence for this subject?
Who is speaking in this verse?

Study tools:
Bibles (different versions)
Concordance (with Strongís numbers, Greek & Hebrew dictionaries)
Pen & paper
Spirit of Prophecy (History of Redemption Set)