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Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods

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The key to rewarding Bible study is knowing how to ask the right kinds of questions. In this simple book, Rick Warren explores twelve different approaches to studying Scripture, providing step-by-step instruction for those who are hungry to learn.


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The key to rewarding Bible study is knowing how to ask the right kinds of questions. In this simple book, Rick Warren explores twelve different approaches to studying Scripture, providing step-by-step instruction for those who are hungry to learn.

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God."--Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven(R) Life You were created to become like Christ. This is one of the five God-ordained purposes for your life described in The Purpose Driven(R) Life by Rick Warren, and it's why studying the Bible is so important. The Bible's truths will transform you, aligning you with the character and ways of Jesus as you encounter him in the Scriptures. This easy-to-understand book shows you how to study the Bible Rick Warren's way. It gives you not just one, but twelve methods for exploring the riches of God's Word. At least one of them is exactly what you're looking for--an approach that's right for you, right where you're at. Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the how-tos of the following methods: - Devotional - Chapter Summary - Character Quality - Thematic- Biographical - Topical - Word Study - Book Background - Book Survey- Chapter Analysis - Book Synthesis - Verse Analy
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Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods Copyright 1981, 2006 by Rick Warren Formerly published under the title Personal Bible Study Methods Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Warren, Richard. Rick Warren's Bible study methods : Twelve ways you can unlock God's Word / Rick Warren. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27300-4 ISBN-10: 0-310-27300-5 1. Bible - Study and teaching. I. Title. BS600.3.W37 2006 220.071 - dc22 2005037198 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. KJV indicates Scripture quotations from the King James Version. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. Some forms are designated in the text as being suitable for reproduction. No other part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Mark Sheeres Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 - 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 As we have already seen in the introduction, the ultimate goal of all Bible study is application, not interpretation. Since God wants to change our lives through his Word, it is important to learn how to apply Scripture to our lives before learning any other methods of Bible study. In fact, the techniques you learn in this chapter will be used in each of the following study methods. Regardless of the method you choose to use, at the end of each study you will need to make practical steps of application concerning the things the Lord shows you. (In this book, every time we talk about application, refer back to this method for an explanation.) When you use these techniques by themselves (and not with another method), it is called "The Devotional Method of Bible Study." This is the type of simple study that you can use in your quiet time. Definition The Devotional Method of Bible Study involves taking a passage of the Bible, large or small, and prayerfully meditating on it until the Holy Spirit shows you a way to apply its truth to your own life in a way that is personal, practical, possible, and provable. The goal is for you to take seriously the Word of God and "do what it says" (James 1:22). Why Application Is Important The Bible was given to us to show us how we can have a relationship with Almighty God and how we are to live our lives his way in this world. It was given to change our lives to become more like that of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul declared that it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training the believer in righteous living (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is a practical book, for it is concerned with practical godly living. Bible study without personal application can be just an academic exercise with no spiritual value. The Bible was written to be applied to our lives. In his succinct way Howard Hendricks has said, "Interpretation without application is abortion!" We want to note here that application is necessary for our Christian lives, that it is hard work, and that good applications are possible if we follow some basic principles. Application Is Necessary for Our Lives Study of the Word of God should lead to its application in o
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  • Catalogue Code 241766
  • Product Code 0310273005
  • EAN 9780310273004
  • UPC 025986273002
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category Hermeneutics
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2006
  • Sales Rank 7533
  • Dimensions 228 x 184 x 19mm
  • Weight 0.444kg

Rick Warren

Richard Duane Warren was born in San Jose, California 28 January 1954, the son of a Baptist minister, James Warren. Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.



Rick felt called to full-time ministry when he was still an undergraduate, and was actively involved in student Christian groups. He and his wife Kay; married since 1975; founded Saddleback Church in 1980 when he was just 26 years old, with a congregation of 200 attenders. In the decades since, Saddleback has grown phenomenally; it now has an average attendance of 20,000 a week, and the influence of its ministry style and resources has extended worldwide. Rick is still the senior pastor at Saddleback, where he is known as 'Papa Rick' a voice of wisdom, hope, encouragement, and vision. Since 2005, he and his wife have given away 90% of their income, due to the extraordinary success of his publications.



Pastor Rick took the lessons he learned building up Saddleback and distilled them into a fivefold ministry approach called 'Purpose Driven'. Zondervan's 1995 publication of Rick's The Purpose Driven Church was a huge bestseller, and Saddleback became a model for churches everywhere. This was followed in 2002 by The Purpose Driven Life - a 40-day devotional that would sell over 30 million copies in five years. In 2004, Pastor Rick was invited to Rwanda by its president Paul Kagame, who had read The Purpose Driven Life and wanted to make his country a 'purpose driven nation'. This trip changed the trajectory of Pastor Rick's life and mission. God gave him a vision for The PEACE Plan, a mission to fight the five giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy that devastate the lives of men, women, and children around the world. Rick and Kay consider it their life's work to empower local churches and local leaders to create sustainable change that gives a voice to the voiceless and help to the helpless. To date, PEACE teams have participated in missions outreach in every nation of the world. Rick and Kay have used the PEACE platform to advocate for HIV/AIDS sufferers globally, mobilizing local churches to help prevent the spread of the disease and to care for those already affected.



In the decades since founding Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick has become one of the most respected and influential pastors in the US. He mentors young leaders, and many of today's leading pastors credit him and The Purpose Driven Church for inspiring them to pursue their own callings to ministry. As pastor to pastors, Rick has built the Purpose Driven Network, a global alliance of pastors from more than 160 countries and hundreds of denominations and has also founded Pastors.com, an online interactive community that provides sermons, forums, and other practice resources for pastors.



Rick and Kay have three adult children and four grandchildren. Their youngest son Matthew took his own life in 2013 after a long struggle with mental illness. Rick has been active in recent years seeking to build awareness in the church with regard to mental illness.

  • Contents
  • Preface. 9
  • Introduction: How To Study The Bible. 15
  • Preview Of The 12 Bible Study Methods. 30
  • 1. The Devotional Method Of Bible Study. . 33
  • 2. The Chapter Summary Method Of Bible Study. . 49
  • 3. The Character Quality Method Of Bible Study. . 61
  • 4. The Thematic Method Of Bible Study. . 79
  • 5. The Biographical Method Of Bible Study . . 97
  • 6. The Topical Method Of Bible Study. . 115
  • 7. The Word Study Method Of Bible Study. . 133
  • 8. The Book Background Method Of Bible Study . . . . . . 151
  • 9. The Book Survey Method Of Bible Study . . 169
  • 10. The Chapter Analysis Method Of Bible Study. . 189
  • 11. The Book Synthesis Method Of Bible Study. . 207
  • 12. The Verse-by-verse Analysis Method Of Bible Study . . 221
  • Appendices
  • A. How To Have A Meaningful Quiet Time. . 231
  • B. General Questions For A Biographical Study. . 255
  • C. A List Of Positive And Negative Character Qualities. . 259
  • D. A Partial List Of Biblical People
  • . . 262
  • E. A Suggested List Of Key Words For Study. . 264
  • F. What To Look For In A Chapter Analysis Study. . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
  • G. A Plan For Studying The Bible Systematically . . 267
  • For Further Reading. 271

As we have already seen in the introduction, the ultimate goal of all Bible study is application, not interpretation. Since God wants to change our lives through his Word, it is important to learn how to apply Scripture to our lives before learning any other methods of Bible study. In fact, the techniques you learn in this chapter will be used in each of the following study methods. Regardless of the method you choose to use, at the end of each study you will need to make practical steps of application concerning the things the Lord shows you. (In this book, every time we talk about application, refer back to this method for an explanation.) When you use these techniques by themselves (and not with another method), it is called 'The Devotional Method of Bible Study.' This is the type of simple study that you can use in your quiet time. Definition The Devotional Method of Bible Study involves taking a passage of the Bible, large or small, and prayerfully meditating on it until the Holy Spirit shows you a way to apply its truth to your own life in a way that is personal, practical, possible, and provable. The goal is for you to take seriously the Word of God and 'do what it says' (James 1:22). Why Application Is Important The Bible was given to us to show us how we can have a relationship with Almighty God and how we are to live our lives his way in this world. It was given to change our lives to become more like that of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul declared that it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training the believer in righteous living (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is a practical book, for it is concerned with practical godly living. Bible study without personal application can be just an academic exercise with no spiritual value. The Bible was written to be applied to our lives. In his succinct way Howard Hendricks has said, 'Interpretation without application is abortion!' We want to note here that application is necessary for our Christian lives, that it is hard work, and that good applications are possible if we follow some basic principles. Application Is Necessary for Our Lives Study of the Word of God should lead to its application in our lives, with the result that the Scriptures change us to conform more with the will of God. Step One --- Pray for Insight on How to Apply the Passage Step Two --- Meditate on the Verse's) You Have Chosen to Study Step Three --- Write Out an Application Step Four --- Memorize a Key Verse from Your Study 1. You can't really get to know the Word of God unless you apply it to your life. During his ministry Jesus had a number of encounters with the religious leaders of his time. These were primarily the Pharisees, the acknowledged scholars of the day; the scribes, legal and religious experts in Jewish law; and the Sadducees, the liberalizing element in Jewish society at that time. On one occasion the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection from the dead, asked Jesus a trick question. Jesus' answer is indeed interesting. He said to them, 'You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God' (Matt. 22:29). The Sadducees had an intellectual knowledge of the facts of the Jewish Scriptures (our Old Testament), but they did not apply these principles in a personal way. You can be a walking Bible encyclopedia, with your head crammed full of biblical knowledge, but it won't do you any good if you don't apply it practically in daily living. If you study the Word of God without applying it to your life, you are no better off than the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus' day. You really don't know the Scriptures until you put them into practice. 2. Studying the Word of God can be dangerous if you merely study it without applying it. Bible study without application can be dangerous because knowledge puffs up. The apostle Paul stated, 'Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up' (1 Cur. 8:1). The Greek word translated 'puffs up' contains the idea of being inflated with pride that in turn leads to arrogance. The Bible tells us that the devil knows the Word intellectually (see his temptation of Jesus --- Matt. 4:1 -- 11), and we also know that he is puffed up with pride and is arrogant. When you correctly apply the Word of God to your life, you eliminate the danger of being puffed up with pride. Bible study without application can be dangerous because knowledge requires action. What a man knows should find expression in what he does. James declared, 'Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says' (James 1:22). God's commands are not optional. He doesn't say, 'Please won't you consider doing this?' He commands, 'Do it!' And he expects us to obey. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compared an obedient disciple to a wise man: 'Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice [action] is like a wise man who built his house on the rock' (Matt. 7:24). When the trials of life came along, the wise man's life stood firm while the foolish man's --- the one who did not practice what he knew --- came crashing down (Matt. 7:25 -- 27). Also, King David was known as a man after God's own heart because he applied the Word to his life and practiced what he knew. The psalmist wrote, 'I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands' (Ps. 119:59 -- 60). You, too, need to put what you know into action. Bible study without application can be dangerous because knowledge increases responsibility. If you get serious about studying the Bible, you will be held more accountable than the average person, because with added knowledge comes added responsibility. James wrote, 'Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins' (James 4:17). With a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures comes a stronger judgment if you fail to apply them. When you start studying the Bible, God begins showing you areas of your life that need changing and calls you to greater responsibility. If you are not planning on applying the lessons you receive from your Bible study, it would be better for you to not study the Bible at all! You will just be heaping more judgment on yourself! John Milton, a great Christian poet, is reputed to have said, 'The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him.' That sums up what we are talking about in applying our study of Scripture: we are to know God, love him, and then be like him. Application Is Hard Work It would seem that applying the Bible would be fairly simple, but actually it is the hardest part of Bible study. Why is that? Application doesn't happen by accident. We have to plan for it, or it will never come about. Three things that make applying Scripture to our lives so difficult are that it requires thinking, the devil fights it viciously, and we naturally resist change.

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