How we read the Bible informs how we respond to the Bible. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, reading the Bible will help us understand more about God’s character and actions. When we take time to reflect on what we have read, He will help us to understand and respond to God in worship, trust and obedience.
The following questions are a guide to help you dig deeper into the Word. Use any of these to guide your time reading the Bible:
• What does this passage reveal about God’s attributes, activity or purposes?
God’s different names teach about his character. How is he at work here?
• What does the passage bring to light about mankind?
What is addressed to followers of Jesus? To non-believers? To those seeking God?
• What key word, phrase or idea really “jumped off the page” for you?
What is the main idea being communicated by the author?
• How does this passage challenge your way of thinking and/or your actions?
What is Jesus wanting to say to you today—an encouragement; instruction; correction; calling?
• How does this passage call us to respond today?
Does this passage call for rejoicing; repentance; trust; hope; love; forgiveness? Write out a simple prayer to God, then ask Him with whom you might share what you’ve discovered today.
•Where do you see the gospel in this passage?
What does this passage teach us about grace, and how can you respond in faith?
How to Read the Bible for Yourself – article by John Piper
One-to-One Bible Reading – book by David Helm
One-to-One COMA Questions – by David Helm