Many books have been written on the subject of how to study the Bible. This method's value is that it teaches the expository method of studying Scripture, which focuses on an exegetical investigation of the Bible and shows the individual how to study the Word of God for himself.
In using this method of Bible study, you will be researching and gathering material about passages of Scripture. This method will help you to develop a systematic plan to follow in studying the Bible. It centers on completing a work sheet where the information is recorded. In completing the Work Sheet, you will be amassing much information about the passage you are studying.
The expository method of Bible study seeks to present truths, concepts and principles that are taught by a Scripture passage. God has given us His method of interpretation of His word. God method does not impose a meaning on a passage, but seeks the meaning from the words and gramma of the passage. The basis of true expository Bible study is a thorough "exegesis" of the passage.
At the heart of this study is the Biblical truth of the "verbal plenary inspiration" of Scripture. The doctrine of "verbal plenary inspiration" teaches that every word of Scripture is inspired by God. God used human writers who He directed through the Holy Spirit to record His Word. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they wrote what God wanted said without error. What they wrote, in the original manuscripts was exactly what God wanted to say.
About the Author
He graduated from Piedmont Baptist College in 1981 with a Th.B. (Bachelor of Theology), and in 2000 with an MBS (Master of Biblical Studies). In 2013, he earned a PhD in Religion - Bible Major from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary.
He is an avid writer and has authored over numerous articles, books, Bible courses, and six Bible commentaries. His has written many articles on apologetics, hermeneutics, Baptist History, The Pentecostal Movement, and Mormonism.
Most of his work is posted on his popular Internet web site, Bible Truth http://bible-truth.org. The web site which was begun in 1996 currently averages thousand each month. The site is rated as one of the top two to five Baptist web sites, out of thousands on the Internet.
He can be contacted at:
Calvary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 536
King, NC 27021
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS.. 5
WHY USE THIS METHOD OF BIBLE STUDY?.. 9
PROCEDURES AND METHOD.. 13
The Objectives of the Expository Bible Study Method 15
The objectives of the method are: 15
The procedures of the method are: 16
Recommended Bible Study Helps: 16
CHAPTER ONE.. 19
EXPLANATION OF THE WORK SHEET.. 19
OUR PRAYER SHOULD BE: 21
CHAPTER TWO.. 23
A GUIDE TO BIBLE STUDY HELPS.. 23
Where to Buy Study Helps and Reference Materials 23
A List of Study Helps and Reference Books. 24
Bible Handbooks. 24
Bible Dictionaries. 26
A Concordance of the Bible. 27
Word Study Books. 29
Study Bibles. 32
CHAPTER THREE.. 35
BEGINNING YOUR STUDY.. 35
To Begin: 35
STEP l CONTEXT. 36
(l) Who is the Book Addressed to or Who is about? 37
(2) Who is the Chapter About or Addressed to? 40
(3) What is the Historical Situation of the Passage? 42
(4). What is the Major Subject?. 43
(5) Who is the Author of the Book?. 44
(6) Record any parallel references. 45
STEP 2 DEFINITION OF WORDS: 46
STEP 3 INFORMATION ON NAMES, CITIES, AND PLACES: 48
STEP 4 ACTION AND RESULT! 49
STEP 5 PRINCIPLES NOTED: 53
STEP 6 PROPOSITION (or APPLICATION). 58
STEP 7 & 8 HOW AND WHY: 59
STEP 7 HOW?. 61
STEP 8 WHY?. 62
STEP 9 YOUR OUTLINE: 63
CHAPTER FOUR.. 67
FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOUR OUTLINE MIGHT LOOK LIKE: 67