Observation – First Part of In-Depth Bible Study

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I am examing the gospel of Mark  for a ladies study we’ll have next year. I love starting new books, don’t you?

I thought I’d share how I approach a new study. There are 3 parts to my studying: observation, interpretation ,and finally, application.


First, I like to read through the book several times. My intent is to get the flow of the story. After a week of doing this, I find (and record) major book-wide themes, words to look up, and new things I hadn’t noticed before. I try to read as large a chunk as possible, in each sitting, like I would a novel.

Secondly, I then thoughfully read each chapter several times. After a week of reading only one chapter (or smaller portion of Scripture) each day, I come up with book-wide themes, words to look up and new things I hadn’t noticed before.  I put all these thoughts into a journal.

Thirdly, towards the end of the week, I write down any other observations I have. I try to record at least 20 things.

  • Significant points
  • Record the 4 W’s of who, what, when, where
  • Summarize the main content in my own words
  • Anything else God brings to mind

I don’t do research at this point. I am still recording my observations.

Fourthy, I record the details of the 4 W’s.

  • Who – Audience, writer, people named
  • What – Events and primary principles
  • When – Time period it was written
  • Where – Geography and location of author, audience and action in the book. Look out those maps!

Since most of the above is academic “work,” I make sure I spend some time just being in God’s Presence:

  • Praising God for His eternal Truths
  • Singing songs that celebrate who He is
  • Being quiet

That’s the end of my observation phase of Bible study.

Entry filed under: Bible Study, Learning.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lynettejoy  |  . at .

    That is similar to how I studied John last year. I’ve been wandering what book to read lately. Maybe Mark is it.


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    It would be fun to have you join me. 🙂


  • 3. Theresa Lindamood  |  . at .

    I love inductive Bible study and have been doing it for the last 6 years fairly steadily with Kay Arthur’s Precept studies. This fall we are doing Daniel and I am very excited. I have never studied one of the prophecy books before. I have read but not studied them.


  • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

    That is so cool, Theresa. I have never done a precept study, but I hear they are GOOD. Stydying Daniel should be very interesting.

    Talking about Bible Study, I want to talk to you about that. I’ll be giving you a call today or so.


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