How to Study the Bible

Posted: June 7, 2011 in bible, books, exegesis

Jonathan Edwards' Bible - Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

If anyone has ever felt a bit “lost” when it comes to studying the Bible, you’re not alone. Every serious Christian who desires to better know, understand, and apply God’s Word must struggle with figuring out how to mine its depths. The good news is that there are tons of great resources that can help in this regard. Here are just a few:

The IQA Method

There is also a really simple method used by thousands of college students all over the world. It’s the IQA method, widely taught by the Navigators. As you’re reading through a passage, answer the following questions on a piece of paper:

Insights: What things stuck out to you about the passage? What did you learn? What do you think was the author’s main point? What does the passage say about God, man, the world, salvation, sin, grace, the Christian life, relationships, etc.?

Questions: What questions did you have when reading the passage? What did you not understand? What people, places, events, or situations were you unfamiliar with? These questions should be written down so that you can investigate further (through cross-referencing, talking to another Christian, or reading a commentary).

Applications: How does the passage relate to your life? Given the author’s main meaning, how does it affect your actions, words, or habits of thought? What do you need to stop doing? What do you need to start doing? What do you need to keep doing? What does obedience look like in the passage? What are some practical steps that you can take this week to align your life more closely with what the Bible teaches?

The IQA method of Bible study is a simple guide for reading and applying the Bible. It is a great place to start for those who are unfamiliar with the Bible or are young in their faith.
  1. Matthew says:

    I am using Grasping God’s Word and the workbook for an elective class I’m teaching in the Spring for upperclassmen. I’m pretty excited about it.

  2. […] assist you as you help someone read God’s Word.  I have already detailed some of them in this post, but many bear […]

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