How To Study the Bible For Yourself



A simple guide for Beginners

How to Study the Bible for Yourself


  1. Find a good version of the Bible in which to study from, we recommend the KJV or NKJV available at any good book store or Christian book store.
  2. Realize that the Bible is actually 66 individual books written over thousands of years. It is actually a library of books.
  3. Realize there is only one author to the Bible – God Almighty – he had many writers (secretaries) but he alone is the author.
  4. Realize there are different themes in the Bible.


The Old Testament includes:


  • Law-The first 5 books of the Bible penned by Moses
  • History–The next 12 books of the Bible include the history of Israel & Judah
  • Poetry–The next five books are books of poetry
Job–Song of Solomon
  • Prophecy–The final 17 books of the Old Testament contain prophecy some of which has already occurred and some of which is soon to come to pass.


The New Testament includes:

  • The Gospels-The first 4 books of the New Testament they are a biography of the life of Jesus Christ told from four different perspectives.
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
  • Acts–The only book in the Bible where you can read sermons to the lost and find how to be saved and read accounts of people being saved
The Book of Acts
  • The Epistles–Letters written to the real Biblical Church to folks that are already saved.
  • Prophecy–The only New Testament book of prophecy.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Following these simple rules will help to keep you on the straight and narrow, ask yourself these questions when studying any scripture text.
    1. Who wrote the book?
    1. Who was the book written to? I.e. The Patriarchs, Israel, the Churches, the Lost
    1. What is the time period in history? Old or New Testament.
    2. Does the teaching transfer from the Old to the New Testament?
    1. Does this apply to me today? Is it during the church age?
Let the Bible interpret the Bible. If two scriptures seem to contradict each other; find the third or fourth scripture on that topic to make it clear.
Note: The Word of God will never contradict itself.
Let us look at a common misinterpretation error of the Bible:
Matt 28:19(KJV)
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Acts 2:38(KJV)
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The contradiction here seems to be what formula or saying should we use when people are baptized.
Should we baptize:
  • in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost
  • in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
To correct this problem, we look for a third or fourth scripture on the topic of baptism to see how baptisms were performed during the church age.
Acts 8:16(KJV)
(For yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 19:5(KJV)
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
As a result, we now have three scriptures that say to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Why then do most churches baptize in the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost if we have more scripture on baptizing in Jesus name? What was wrong with our interpretation of Matt.28:19?
Let us look at it closely
Matt 28:19(KJV)
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
This was a commandment given to the disciples of Jesus; they were commanded by Jesus to baptize in the NAME (singular) of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost.
The question arises … what is that name? Jesus Christ.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost are not names but titles of an office that a person holds.
I am a mother, a daughter and a wife but my name is Lois.
Jesus is the Father, the Son & the Holy Ghost, these are positions or roles that he holds when dealing with mankind, but his name is the Lord Jesus Christ. (For more on just who Jesus is, see The Wheel of Prophecy)
By using the third and fourth scripture principle and allowing the Bible to interpret the Bible, the misinterpretation problem corrects itself. All Biblical baptisms were done in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and if we are truly Bible believing Christians this is the only method of baptism that we could possibly endorse.
By adding the Word of God to your life you will receive so many benefits and yes, incredible blessings if you follow the teachings that are in the book.
NOTE: You may find it helpful to purchase a Strong’s Concordance to help you study different topics of interest in the Bible.



Lois McQuinn

Updated from the Spiritual Housecleaning manual @ 2006

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