How To Study The Bible
WESTERN HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH
Introduction: I want to give you some simple guidelines as you begin your study of the Bible the most
published and read book in the world.

First and foremost your mind and heart must be illumined by the Holy Spirit; that is you must be born
again of the Spirit of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The unsaved man is incapable of understanding spiritual truths.
Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be.
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Second, study the Bible as the very Word of God not as just another book.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the
word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of
God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Psalms 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Remember there is a power within the Word of God like no other book.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that
things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Third, study the Bible with a mind and heart totally surrendered to know what God has said.
Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Psalms 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psalms 119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
Psalms 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
Psalms 119:33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole
heart.



Fourth, study the Bible not just the commentaries of men. Be like a scientist in a laboratory testing,
scrutinizing and recording your findings.
Psalms 119:33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole
heart.
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Psalms 119:125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
Psalms 119:145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth
for ever.

Fifth, really apply your mind and search the Scriptures to find what God is saying to you.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all
readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Questions you may ask are: To whom is God speaking, what was the setting, is there a lesson for me, how
can I apply what I have learned?
Remember evil men and hirelings go to the Bible to corroborate their wicked views while good men
search the Scriptures to find the true meaning and discern God's will.

Sixth, develop a daily habit of really studying the Scriptures.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all
readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

No one living far away from a loved one would lay aside a love letter or merely read portions of the letter
but would thoroughly read the letter to discern the true feelings of their loved one. The Bible is God's
personal letter to you.
Psalms 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psalms 119:33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole
heart.
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Seventh, spend special private time meditating on portions of the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his
season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalms 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Psalms 119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
Psalms 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Psalms 119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

Eighth, store the Bible in your memory.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will
meditate in thy statutes.
Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Psalms 119:111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.


Ninth, study the entire Bible, not just scattered fragments.
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures
the things concerning himself.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Tenth, study the Bible to learn how to live your life personally in the home, in the church and in society.
Psalms 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Psalms 119:33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole
heart.
Psalms 119:35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

Eleventh, choose associates from among those who love the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalms 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his
season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.