Bible Study Worksheets

Bible Study Worksheet

 

Scripture: ______________________ Author:_______________________

Written to: ______________________  & Jews, Gentiles, Church (circle one)

Thrust: _____________________________________________________________

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Key Words: _________________________________________________________

Key Verse: __________________________________________________________

Key People: _________________________________________________________

Key Places: _________________________________________________________

Key Doctrine: ______________________________________________________________

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Definitions: ______________________________________________________________

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Cross References: ______________________________________________________________

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Observations – What does the text say? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Questions: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Interpretation – What does the text mean? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What can we learn about God from this text? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Application- How does this text apply to me? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What action will I take to apply this text? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What can I model and teach from this text? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Who will I share this truth with? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What scripture will I commit to memorize (write it out)? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Additional Notes: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Miriam- A devilish diva!

There’s an interesting story of Miriam, Moses’ sister, in Numbers chapter 12.  As women who desire to be wise disciples of Christ, we would do well to learn from her poor example.  I assume envy took hold of her and prompted her slander, making her a devilish diva.

Go ahead and read the chapter on your own, but I’ll give you the lowdown- Miriam and Aaron slandered Moses, she got leprosy, and was shut outside the camp for seven days.  The entire group was forced to stay in Hazeroth  as she suffered the chastisement from the Lord.

You might be thinking, “What’s the big deal? The children of Israel murmured and complained all the time, why was God so harsh with Miriam?”

Miriam was a prophetess, a leader, and an example among the women of Israel.  She had the responsibility of sharing the word of the Lord and being a representative of God.  She was required to reverence authority, exercise self-control, and use discretion with her tongue.

The spiritually mature women in the New Testament church have this requirement as well:

~Titus 2:3~ The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

~1Timothy 3:11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things

“Accuser” comes from the Greek word “diabolos” meaning Satan or traducer.  This word is also used as “slanderer” and “devil” in the New Testament.  Slanderers seek self-elevation and start division. A false accuser is a pawn of Satan who is being used to sow discord within the body by spreading lies. They malign the character of others as Miriam did to Moses.

This would be like the women’s ministry leader spouting off criticism and assuming the motives of the pastor, or his wife.  Maybe they don’t come right out and lie about something, but insinuate wrongdoing based on their own evaluating of their life.  I’m sure you’ve heard lies about those in leadership at one time or another.

Maybe you’ve been the one to speak slander.  If that’s you, please repent!  That behavior is toxic to the health of the body!

Think about your daughters and disciples. What bad habits are they picking up from you? Do they hear you tearing down your husband, other women, or the leadership in your church?  Or do they see you building up and edifying others?

~Proverbs 14:1~ Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

We all need to guard our hearts, submit to the Lord’s standard of holiness, and speak the truth in love. Ladies, your whole ministry could be jeopardized by being a slanderer, Not only did she hinder the forward progress of her people, but nothing else was written about Miriam’s life until she died, and that was just that she died & was buried. You want your legacy to be different than hers, so be intentional to watch your tongue.

An interesting fact about Miriam, her name means rebellion. We see her live up to that name in Numbers 12. Rebellion to authority is rooted in the heart of a slanderer. Along with envy, bitterness, pride, and discontentment, their mouths reveal their heart condition and personal immaturity.

~Philippians 2:3~ Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better than themselves.

Miriam and Aaron were making their own personal assumption and judgment against Moses.  Leading into this incident the people had experienced some of God’s wrath coming down for their complaining and lusting, so it was a really carnal atmosphere and these guys just play right into Satan’s hand.

We can learn a few biblical truths illustrated by this devilish diva:

Proverbs 11:2 – with pride cometh shame

James 3:5-10 – the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity

Matthew 7:1-5 – judge not, that ye be not judged

Romans 12:3 –  not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think

Luke 12:47-48 –  to whom much is given, much is required

 Let’s choose to be an example of honesty and honoring others, speaking praise and peace.

Don’t be a devilish diva like Miriam. Be intentional to live out Proverbs 31:26~ She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

 ~Proverbs 10:18~ He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Slander is a sign of a foolish woman.  Who wants to wear that label?  You may already have it on!  But that’s a post for another day, so be on the lookout for “I’m a Fool!”, coming soon!

Here’s a tip for you younger women out there, looking for an older woman to mentor you: Flee false accusers and follow truth tellers!  You are looking for a mature and wise woman to follow, not someone who doesn’t apply biblical principles.

~Ephesians 4:29~ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Learn it and live it ladies!

 

10 Simple Steps to do a Bible Word Study

As you may know, I am a complete nerd when it comes to the bible. I absolutely love studying God’s word, and especially doing word studies!  I’ll just be reading along and a word will just pop out at me and I’ll have to stop and study it out.  I’ve gotten some really cool nuggets of truth this way, which really fuels my passion to keep digging.

Even those familiar words are important to study out because individual words are key to unlocking the deeper meaning and significance of the text.  What they mean to us in English may not be the same as the Hebrew or Greek that they were originally written in.  For example, the word “sober” for us in the 21st century means-not drunk, but the word “sober” in the bible means- to be in your right mind, exercising self control, and moderate as to opinion and passions.  When we infer our own understanding on the text, we come up with a different interpretation and application than God intended.  This is why it’s so important to actually study the bible instead of just reading it.

Be on the lookout for my e-book on How to Study the Bible- coming soon!

Here are 10 simple steps to doing a word study:

  1. Decide on a word.
  2. Define the word in a dictionary, writing down synonyms and antonyms.
  3. Look up the word in a bible study app like E-sword or Blue Letter Bible .
  4. Click on the word and choose Interlinear/concordance.
  5. Then tap on the specific word for the Hebrew(OT)/Greek(NT) definition and usage.
  6. Write down the scripture references and look them up.
  7. Read the context of the verse within the chapter and book.
  8. Compare scripture with scripture for a full understanding.
  9. Write out the biblical definition based on your study.
  10. Pray for God to reveal the doctrine, and the application.  Ask him “What does this mean?”

The last word study I did was on “coat(s)”.  While it’s an item of clothing to us, there is a deeper meaning behind this ordinary word.

Some of the coats mentioned in the bible:

  • God made coats of skins and clothed Adam and Eve. (Gen. 3:21)
  • Jacob made a coat of many colors for Joseph. (Gen. 37:3)
  • Moses put coats of fine linen on Aaron and his sons for their service in the tabernacle as priests.(Lev.8:13)
  • Nadab and Abihu got burned alive and carried out of the camp in their coats after offering strange fire in the tabernacle. (Lev.10:5)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedneggo were bound in their coats and thrown in the fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar. (Dan.3:21)

What can we learn by looking up these verses and comparing scripture with scripture?

  • The coats of skin that God made for Adam and Eve were a covering. It represents God covering our sin by a bloody sacrifice, pointing us to Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
  • Jacob’s coat for Joseph shows his favoritism for his beloved son, pointing to the Father’s love for his “beloved Son in whom he is well pleased.”  The many colors of his coat may represent the many colors of skin that Jesus redeems.
  • Moses’ coats for the priests as they served and sacrificed in the tabernacle are called “holy linen coats” in Leviticus 16:4.  They point us to the fine linen Jesus was wrapped in after his death, and to the fine linen of the saints in New Jerusalem, called the “righteousness of the saints”, and is the believers new heavenly attire.(Rev. 18:16, 19:8,14)
  • Nadab and Abihu point us to the future fiery judgment the lost face as they pretend to be believers, wearing the Christian garb, serving in churches and communities, preaching in pulpits without reverencing the holiness and Lordship of Christ.
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedneggo’s coats could represent the covering of faith, righteousness, and redemption.  They had faith that God would deliver them.  He loosed them from their bounds and walked with them in the midst of their fiery trial.  He delivered them without a singed hair or a hint of smoke.  This points to the believers coat of faith that delivers us from the fiery trials of life.

More than just outerwear, a coat in the word of God represents God’s covering, our faith, righteousness, and redemption.  I’m so thankful for my gracious God who removed my coat of sin and replaced it with his righteousness, allowing me entrance into glory where I will join ten thousands upon ten thousands clothed in fine linen, white and clean, in worship and praise to our mighty King.

You can discover tasty tidbits like that as well, just follow the 10 simple steps, and enjoy your studying!

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