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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.
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"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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Meet the Author

Rick Warren

Dr. Rick Warren is a pastor, author, global strategist, theologian and philanthropist. He's often been named "America's most influential spiritual leader" and "America's Pastor." Calling him a spiritual entrepreneur, Forbes magazine said, "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell, Google, or Starbucks in impact."

As a pastor, Warren founded Saddleback Church in Orange County, California in 1980 with one other family. Today, it is one of the largest and best-known churches in the world and one of America's most influential with approximately 22,000 weekly attendees, a 120-acre campus and over 300 community ministries and support groups for families, single parents, prisoners, addicts, those with: HIV/AIDS; depression; MS; Parkinson's; Autism and many others. On one occasion the church fed 42,000 homeless people - three meals a day - for 40 days.

He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. More than 400,000 ministers and priests have been trained worldwide, and almost 157,000 church leaders subscribe to the Ministry ToolBox, his weekly newsletter. His book, The Purpose Driven Church is listed in "100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century." Forbes magazine called it "the best book on entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in print."

His online interactive community, Pastors.com, provides sermons, forums, and other practical resources for pastors - including archives of a bi-weekly newsletter that is sent to more than 100,000 pastors and ministry leaders.

Dr. Warren and his wife Kay are passionate about global missions and what he calls attacking the five Global Goliaths - spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy/poor education. His goal is a second Reformation by restoring responsibility in people, credibility in churches, and civility in culture. The solution is The Peace Plan, a massive effort to mobilise Christians around the world into an outreach effort to attack these five global giants of today by promoting reconciliation, equipping servant leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and educating the next generation.

As an author he wrote the #1 all-time best-selling hardback in American history, The Purpose Driven Life, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. He has also written The Hope You Need: From The Lords Prayer; Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God's Word; and God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions.

As a theologian, Dr. Warren holds a B.A. from California Baptist University, a M.Div. from South western Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Judaism, the Evangelical Theological Society, and numerous seminaries and universities. He is known for explaining theology in understandable ways and his books have been translated into more than 50 languages. Dr. Warren says he teaches theology without using theological terms and telling people it is theology.

As a global strategist, Dr. Warren advises leaders in the public, private, and faith sectors on leadership development, poverty, health, education, and faith in culture. He has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the African Union, The Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, TIME's Global Health Summit, and numerous congresses around the world. TIME magazine named him one of "15 World Leaders Who Mattered Most" in 2004 - and in 2005 one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World". Also, in 2005 U.S. News and World Report named him one of "America's 25 Best Leaders."

As philanthropists, Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of their income through three foundations: Acts of Mercy, which serves those infected and affected by AIDS; Equipping the Church, which trains church leaders in developing countries; and The Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease, and illiteracy.

Dr Warren and his wife reside in Southern California. They have three children and four grandchildren.
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Table Of Contents

  • 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

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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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I recommend this book, for any believer who is sincerely thinking of beginning a personal BIble study but don't know how to do it. THis book is the perfect "how to" manual on bible study. It includes 12 different methods which are clearly explained and the author guides the reader through each method step by step.  
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  • Catalogue Code 241766
  • Product Code 0310273005
  • EAN 9780310273004
  • UPC 025986273002
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2006
  • Sales Rank #4230
  • Dimensions 228 x 184 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.444kg
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