- If you do not already own one, acquire a King James Version of the Bible. Christian bookstores usually have a large inventory and tend to be the best place to purchase one. Make sure the print is large enough for you to easily read it.
- A complete concordance is a book that cross references every word of the Bible except for words such as a, and, and the. If you do not own a concordance, you will need to purchase one from your local Christian bookstore. I prefer Cruden’s Complete Concordance.
- Set aside about one hour a day for Bible study. You cannot be in a hurry when studying the word of God. Nor can you countenance distractions or interruptions (e.g. phone, radio, tv).
- Because the Bible is the word of God, you will need His help, first and foremost, to understand it. Always approach the word of God prayerfully with a teachable spirit and an open mind, expecting to learn. This is done by humbly praying and asking for: the guidance of the Holy Spirit, understanding, help to accept what you learn, and, help to live that which is revealed. The Bible tells us holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit and that all scripture is given by His inspiration. (see 2 Peter 1:20 & 21 and 2 Timothy 3:16)
- Please do not omit the 4th step. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. His help is vital to your understanding the Scriptures. It is promised that He will guide you unto all truth (see John 16:7 & 13).
- Decide what subject you would like to explore. If you are new to Bible study, look in the concordance for the word subject you are interested in. Begin with the first scripture listed in the concordance for that word. The Bible instructs us to compare scripture to scripture (see Isaiah 28:9 & 10). Study takes diligence, perseverance, and tenacity (see 2 Timothy 2:15).
- If you are not new to Bible study, you may frequently experience and be consciously aware of the Holy Spirit’s directing your study. He will cause scriptural phrases to cross your mind as you muse a particular subject. If you cannot remember where these scripture can be found, the concordance is an excellent tool for locating it. Continue to read and think on the scriptures until you have clarity on the subject.
- Take notes. Record your impressions as you read the scriptures. It is alright if you must read a scripture several times to get the meaning. You may even have to read several scriptures above and below or you may have to read the whole chapter. Just be willing to search the scriptures for the understanding you seek.
- Finally, to aid your understanding, memorize scriptures. As you repeat them to yourself the Holy Spirit will enlighten you.