Some of my favorite times are just spent sitting somewhere quiet before the rest of the family’s awake with my Bible, a drylighter, notebook and a pen. Through these study times, God teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains me in righteousness—to live in a way that is pleasing to Him (c.f. 2 Tim 3:16-17).
Andy Deane, associate pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in central New Jersey, is a kindred spirit. He loves to study the Bible—and he is passionate about helping others learn to effectively study the Scriptures, too.
That’s why he wrote Learn to Study the Bible.
In this book, Deane offers readers 40 different step-by-step methods for studying and getting the most out of the Bible, and provides some really helpful illustrations of what these methods look like.
Deane starts the book in a very appropriate way by giving readers a foundation for good Bible study. He first reminds readers that new birth, a desire for holiness and prayer are absolutely essential to profitable study. One cannot understand the Bible if he or she has not been made alive in Christ, nor is there any point in studying if we don’t have any intention of living in light of what we’ve learned. Beyond these essentials is a critical point: reading and studying are different.
“Reading the Bible is not the same thing as studying the Bible,” writes Deane. “The difference between reading and studying comes down to one factor: writing.” This is vital to understand. Writing moves us from being passive observers to active participants as we observe, interpret and apply the Scriptures.
In reviewing Learn to Study the Bible, I did not try out every study method offered. And this is really due to preference. All the methods presented are profitable to varying degrees, but some are more appealing than others. For example, I love the “Thirty Day” method described on page 151. The idea behind this is that you read the same short book or section of a larger book every day for a month. This allows you to pick up on the key themes and become more familiar with the text and gain a deeper understanding. It’s a method I use from time to time and it’s great. I also really appreciate study methods like Bible Themes (p. 122) and Word Studies (p. 127). I’m not sure if that’s just because I”m a big nerd though.
Learn to Study the Bible is a valuable resource to help Christians gain an understanding of, and passion for, studying the Bible. It’s a resource I would encourage anyone, particularly new believers to read.
You can purchase a copy at LearntoStudytheBible.com.