How to do a Bible Study?
Many of us are never taught how to do a Bible Study and read the Bible like a novel. If we’re honest we may be leaving our devotional time unsatisfied and confused. In this lesson Michael will show you a simple method to help you get more out of your study time and jump start ideas on digging deeper.
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The 5Ws & the H method (Who, What, When Where, How) is a simple method that helps to develop investigative questions to better understand the scripture you are studying. Some tools you will need are a few different Bible translations which you can access at sites like Bible Gateway or by using the Bible App. You may also need a few other resources on ancient history, culture, archeology and/or a very good search engine to help answer some tougher questions.
To demonstrate how this method works, Michael will be using the parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl found in Matthew 13:44-46. You can follow along as he generates questions from the method and shows you how to find answers. Download the worksheet, powerpoint and other resources on the next pages.
DOWNLOADS: Worksheet & Power Point
5Ws & The H Bible Study Methods: Questions to Ask
- WHO: is mentioned, is speaking, is listening….?
- WHAT: is happening, has happened, is the object being described, has this got to do with me…?
- WHEN: is this occurring, did this happen, will it take place…?
- WHERE: is the story located, is the person from, is the person going, is it geographically located…?
- WHY: is this included, did this happen, this reaction…?
- HOW: did it happen, did they get into this situation, could this be avoided, do I apply it to my life circumstance…?
Bible Passage: Get a few different translations
If you don’t own more than one Bible translation, you can use a website or app to get access to many different translations!
Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV):The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:44-46 (NASB): The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Matthew 13:44-46 (NKJV): Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:44-46 (GWT): The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. When a man discovered it, he buried it again. He was so delighted with it that he went away, sold everything he had, and bought that field. Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant who was searching for fine pearls. When he found a valuable pearl, he went away, sold everything he had, and bought it.
Questions for Relfection
- What impacted you the most from this lesson?
- How hard is this type of studying to do?
- What tools might one need to do this type of studying?
- How would you describe the difference between just reading the Bible and studying it?
- What did this teach you about salvation?