How to Study Your Bible

How to get started in reading and studying your Bible.

About this Class

A college-level class on how to study the Bible inductively, which emphasizes the most basic tools, principles, and processes for moving from the sound reading of the Scriptures to application.

Thank you to Clint Rodgers for volunteering to make the outlines for each lecture.

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  • Length:
    6 hours
  • Skill Level:
    Beginner
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Institution:
    Regent University
  • Subject:
    Biblical Studies
  • Language:
    English

Lectures

1

Dr. Guthrie uses the word picture of taking a trip to describe the process of how we study the Bible.

2

What motivates us to read and study the Bible consistently?

3

Discusses concordances, study Bibles, translations (formal and functional equivalents), Bible dictionaries, Bible study software, etc, as well as the basic commitments one needs for Bible study.

4

Treats the central importance of historical context and warns against related fallacies

5

Points out the importance of reading a passage in its literary context, and with regard for the appropriate genre (e.g., the psalm, the proverb, apocalyptic)

6

How to distinguish between the backbone of a passage and its support material

7

Stresses that words have a range of meaning and that context determines meaning. Examines five fallacies in word study before laying out a plan for effective word studies

8

The proper steps for reliable and effective application of Scripture to life

9

To illustrate the proper steps in examining a passage of Scripture, Colossians 2 is explained and the steps applied

Meet the Professors

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.

Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.