Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

The Bible is not an end in itself, but is a means to the end of knowing God and doing His will. The apostle Paul said, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). God has given us the Bible in order that we might know Him and that we might do His will here on earth.

Therefore, devotional Bible study is the most important kind of Bible study. Devotional Bible study means reading and studying the Word of God in order that we may hear God’s voice and that we may know how to do His will and to live a better Christian life.

For your devotional reading and study of the Bible, here are five important, practical suggestions to deepen your Bible study:


Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. — Psalm 119:18, KJV

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:13-15


Keep a small notebook for your Bible study.


Read slowly through one chapter, or perhaps two or three chapters, or perhaps just one paragraph at a time. After reading, ask yourself what this passage means. Then reread it.


It is often very helpful in finding out the true meaning of the chapter or passage to ask yourself the following questions, then write the answers in your notebook:

  1. What is the main subject of this passage?
  2. Who are the persons reveals in this passage? Who is speaking? About whom is he speaking? Who is acting?
  3. What is the key verse of this passage?
  4. What does this passage teach me about the Lord Jesus Christ?
  5. Does this passage portray any sin for me to confess and foresake?
  6. Does this passage contain any command for me to obey?
  7. Is there any promise for me to claim?
  8. Is there any instruction for me to follow?

Not all of these questions may be answered in every passage.


Either in your Bible study notebook mentioned above, or in a separate notebook. Write down daily what God says to you through the Bible. Write down the sins that you confess or the commands you should obey.

Additional Note: Do not try to adopt all of these methods at once, but start out slowly, selecting those methods and suggestions which appeal to you. You will find, as millions of others have before you, that the more you read and study the Word of God, the more you’ll want to read it.

Do you have any tips to add to this list? Share them in the comments


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  1. Minha sugestão é ter livros de vocês na língua portuguesa ,pois os mês são pouquíssimas pra comprar. Chega muitas promoção no site da bíblia Oliver tree mas todas as maioria em inglês.
    Fica a dica!!!

    • Kevin T Grema

      Translation on Jeu Carlos’ comments courtesy of ‘My suggestion is to have books of you in the Portuguese language, because the month are very few to buy. There comes a lot of promotion on the website of the Bible Oliver tree but all the majority in English.
      It’s a tip!!!’, I also share the same sentiment. It will help many of us in Portuguese speaking countries, thank you

  2. Paul Kristofferson

    It is also good to try & understand the intent of the author & try to understand how the original hearers understood the message.

  3. Julius Amimo

    I find this very helpful. Inasmuch as we can cram bible scriptures, we still must keep records of what we study for ourselves and in some cases for those who visit our collection. Prayer after the study is equally important too. Let us embrace that as well.
    Thanks for the guidelines. Amen

  4. I love the way you started out asking the Holy Sprit to guide you without Him we can’t begin to rightly divide His word. Thanks for sharing these guidelines.

  5. Thank you for these tips. Just what i have been looking for. God bless you

  6. Thank You Very Much for sharing this tips, the part of taking notes and asking questions have never occurred to me. I will make sure to start on it now….