How to Study the Word and Master it

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We are often called to be "doers" for God instead of "learners" of God, but the heart cannot love what the mind does not know. Jen Wilkin, author and Bible study teacher, challenges us to pursue the most basic element of discipleship—earnest study of Scripture with practical tips on how to study the Bible in a way that will transform our minds and renew our hearts.

Jen is a Bible study teacher and an advocate for women to love God with their minds through the fateful study of his Word. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with both Our Hearts and Our Minds.

Jen explained the foundational approach to studying the Bible, which is trying to learn a book of the Bible from start to finish. Take the time to find a specific book in the Bible as you answer these questions and start at the beginning. Option: Use 1 Samuel 3:7–10.

Who wrote this book? When was it written? To whom was it written? What is the major theme?
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Jen gave three purposes in your study:
  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpreation
  3. Application
Read your passage as it was written to its original hearer and consider the following questions.

What does the text say? What are the facts? Read for detail and look up any words you're unsure of the meaning.
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What does this text mean? Consider the lessons you can learn.
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What does this text teach you about God and how does that change you? View yourself in relation to God's character, not in comparison to other people.
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Romans 12:2 (NASB)

2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Our heart is renewed as our mind learns the things of God. A disciple is a doer, but we're motivated to act by love for the God revealed in the Word.

If you want to read more about how to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart, you can find Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin here