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STUDYTHEBIBLE

Fortydifferentstep-by-stepmethodstohelpyou

discover,apply,andenjoyGod’sWord.

Andy Deane

learn to STUDYTHEBIBLE Fortydifferentstep-by-stepmethodstohelpyou discover,apply,andenjoyGod’sWord. Andy Deane

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Daily Bread

T heLordsustainedHispeopleforfortyyearsinthewildernessby

miraculouslyprovidingfreshmannaeachmorning.Regardlessof

howmuchmannatheycollected,itwasalwaysenoughnourishmentfor thatday.Similarly,theLordwantstosustainus,everyday,withfresh "spiritualmanna"fromHisWord.TheDaily Bread Biblestudyisoneof thesimplestwaystobegindiscoveringthespeci ctruthsthattheHoly Spirithasforuseachday.Thismethodinvolves vestepsthatwillhelp youtomeditateonasinglepassageofScripture,discoveritsfullmeaning, andbeginapplyingittoyourlife.

TobeginyourDaily Bread Biblestudy,followthesesimplesteps:

Step 1
Step 1

Choose a passage,paragraph,or chapter to study

YouwillgetthebestresultswhenyouworkyourwaythroughtheBible

systematicallyratherthanrandomly.BystudyingtheScripturesinthis

way,youwillalsobecomefamiliarwiththewholecounselofGod’sWord.

Step 2
Step 2

Pray— AskGod to m eet withyou

BeforeyoubeginyourBiblestudy,spendtimeinprayeraskingtheLordto

revealHimselftoyouthroughHisWord.AsktheHolySpirittohelpyou

seeJesustoday.

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Step 3
Step 3

Thinkabout the passage youare studying

Rereadthepassageanumberoftimesandthoughtfullyconsiderwhatitis

saying.Meditateuponthemeaningofthetextandhowyoucanapplyitto

yourlife.Applythesesix"P’s"asyouthinkthroughthepassage:

Pictureit!Visualizethescene.Imaginehowyouwouldreactif

youwerethere.Howwouldyouhavefelttobeapartofwhatwas

goingon?Isthereanythinginyourlifetodaythatyoucancompare

thissituationto?

Pronounceit!Readtheversealoudseveraltimesplacingemphasis onadifferentwordeachtime.Notethedifferentshadeofmeaning

thatisaddedbyreadingPsalm25:15inthisway:

"M Y eyesareevertowardtheLORD…" (Thisispersonal—my responsibility.)

"MyEYESareevertowardtheLORD…" (Whatare my eyesfocused ontoday?)

"MyeyesAREevertowardtheLORD…" (Are,revealsa resolute position.)

"MyeyesareEVER towardtheLORD…" (Forever and always:noturningaway.)

"MyeyesareeverTOWARD theLORD…" (Am Iheadingtoward Him today?)

"MyeyesareevertowardTHELORD…" (He isthe one and only Lord!)

"MyeyesareevertowardtheLORD…" (Make a listofthe namesand attributesofthe Lord.)

Paraphraseit!Restatingthepassageinyourownwordshelpsyou

tounderstanditbetter.Usingcontemporarylanguagetoexpress

timelessbiblicaltruthshelpsyoutobridgethegapbetweenthe

pastandthepresent.

Personalizeit!Putyournameinplaceofthenounsorpronouns

thatareusedintheScriptureandreaditaloud(i.e.,ForGodso

loved

).

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Prayit!Maketheverseaprayer.Thebestwaytoexpressfaithin

GodisbytakingthepromisesandtruthsfoundinHisWordand

prayingthembacktoHim.

Probeit!UsetheS-P-A-C-E-P-E-T-Sacrostic(refertopage36)

tohelpyoulocatethedifferentthemesofthepassage.

Step 4
Step 4

Plan one application

Writedownoneapplicationbasedontheinsightsyouhavediscovered

throughyourstudyofthetext.Writingyourthoughtsdownwillhelpyou

tofullythinkthemthroughandmakethemeasiertorememberandapply.

Ithasbeenproventhatwritingpromotesmemory,andhelpsyoutoexpress

whatyouhavelearnedmoreclearly,toothers.Remembertomakeyour

applicationpersonal,practical,andprovable.

Step 5
Step 5

Carry your favorite verse withyou

Onasmallpieceofpaper(i.e.,post-it-noteorindexcard)writedownthe

versethatimpactedyouthemostfromyourstudyandcarryitwithyou

throughouttheday.Occasionally,pullthecardoutandreadtheverse.This

willhelpyourecallwhatyoustudiedandkeepthosetruthsfreshinyour

thoughts.Youmightalsowanttousethissystemtobeginmemorizing

Scripture.

The nextpage hasa sample ofthe Daily Bread Bible study method.

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