Have you ever felt lost trying to read God’s Word, or struggled with how to understand what it is saying?

Do you get discouraged making commitments to read the Bible more, but end up losing momentum because you feel like you’re not getting anything out of it? Or perhaps you’re new to the Bible and you don’t even know where to begin… We want to help you!

Our Drop-In Bible Study is designed to help you learn some simple techniques to help us in reading, understanding and applying God’s Word. Using the simple method of Observation, Interpretation and Application, we see that God’s Word is accessible and applicable to our daily lives.

Have your Bible, a notebook and pen, and your favourite hot drink ready as we learn to study God’s Word together.

Session 1: Introduction & Devotional Study

In this session, we introduce a simple technique to approach studying God’s Word and model for you what a Devotional Bible Study might look like.

Print out the worksheet PDF (below) and use these videos to follow along with the workshop.
(TIP: You can use the gear icon to speed up/slow down the video so you can follow better)

Print and Other Materials

These are the materials used during this workshop. Feel free to use them if you’d like to go through the workshop personally or together with a small group or Bible study.

PSALM 139 WORKSHEET

This is a worksheet of Psalm 139 that you can print out to follow along with this workshop.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES

These are the notes from the workshop that summarizes the simple technique of understanding God’s Word.

TEACHER'S SLIDES

These are the presentation PowerPoint slides from the workshop. 

Further Resources

Below is a short list of recommended resources to help you go deeper in your understanding and handling of God’s Word.

Training in handling God's Word
  • The Bible Study Handbook – a good, simple and comprehensive guide to inductive Bible study. Great for personal or group study.

  • Knowing Scripture – a great introduction to the doctrine of scripture and tools to read and understand the Bible properly

  • Inductive Bible Study – a thorough guide of how to do an inductive Bible study

Devotional Bible Commentaries
  • God’s Word for You Series – expository guides by trusted Bible teachers that walks you through books of the Bible verse-by-verse in an accessible and applied way.

  • Christ-Centered Exposition Series – a devotional-style commentary book series providing pastors with a practical explanation of God’s written word.

  • The Bible Speaks Today Series – each contributor is both a notable scholar and a pastor, ensuring the commentary includes clarity of communication with careful exegesis, theological literacy and wise application, all the while remaining eminently devotional.

Bible Reference Books
  • New Bible Commentary – readable and accessible volume offers sixty-six solid, concise, evangelical commentaries—one on each book of the Bible. Also provided are introductory material on date, authorship, purpose, key themes and a to-the-point outline of each book.

  • New Bible Dictionary – a reference work ideally suited for people of all ages and backgrounds. This magnificent and comprehensive Bible dictionary has set the standard for evangelical Bible dictionaries for five decades. Now in its third edition, it is the clear leader in its field.

  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary – provides fascinating cultural and historical insights into God’s Word. Richly illustrated with full-color photos throughout, this one-volume background commentary includes articles by leading Old and New Testament scholars on various subjects.

  • Believer’s Bible Commentary – helps the average reader develop basic knowledge of the Bible and explores the deeper meaning of every biblical book and tackles controversial issues from a theologically conservative standpoint while also presenting alternative views.

  • Hard Sayings of the Bible – explanations of over 500 of the most troubling verses to test the minds and hearts of Bible readers and find succinct solutions to a wide variety of Bible difficulties, ranging from discrepancies about numbers to questions about God’s justice..

  • New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties – gives answers to some of the most troublesome questions about the Bible, making scholarly insights available to everyone.

The materials for our DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY are offered through our website free of charge for personal use or in small groups for the edification of individuals in the body of Christ and the Church globally. Please, no editing or redistribution of this content without the expressed written permission of Hope Church Toronto West.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact thaddeus@hopechurchtw.ca

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