Engaging His Word
When I read a portion of Scripture, unless I actively engage myself in the reading, I walk away unchanged. Mindlessly reading His Word without seeking truth to apply to my life and to encourage others is foolish. Like studying myself in the mirror and forgetting what I look like…
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. – James 1:22-24
In order to study and apply Scripture to my life, I need a systematic approach. A Bible Study method with enough freedom to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to me through His Word.
Many years ago I attended an AnGeL conference by Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter). She introduced a simple but engaging way to study Scripture, the 3-Question Study Method.
I contacted the wonderful staff at AnGeL ministries to get permission to share her approach with the readers of Do Not Depart. They welcomed the opportunity.
The 3-Question Method
Each week one chapter of the Bible is studied. The chapter is divided into five sections with about 5-7 verses targeted each day. For each verse do the following:
- Read God’s Word
- List the facts (What does God’s Word say?)
- Learn the lessons (What does God’s Word mean?)
- Listen to His voice (What does God’s Word mean to me?)
Let’s do try this method together:
1. Read Galatians 1:3-4:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
2. What does God’s Word say? (facts):
- Verse 3- Grace & peace to you from God our Father;
- Verse 4- Jesus gave himself for our sins, to keep us from evil, according to God’s will
3. What does it mean? (lessons):
- Verse 3- True grace and peace comes from above, not from men
- Verse 4- We need to be rescued from sin. Jesus rescued us according to God’s will.
4. What does it mean for me? (listen):
- Verse 3- Do I seek grace and peace from people or from God?
- Verse 4- Am I aware of my need to be rescued? Do I realize that only Jesus, who gave His life for me, can be my Rescuer?
Typically I would read the entire passage (usually 5 to 7 verses). Then answer all 3 questions for the first verse. I would continue answering the 3 questions with each subsequent verse.
My favorite aspect of this method is its use with any portion of Scripture, anywhere I am (home, work, vacation, etc.). All you need is a Bible, paper, pen and the Holy Spirit.
On the AnGeL Ministries website you can find wonderful free resources, including an overview of the Bible Study method (Learning to Hear His Voice: A Journey to Jesus) with a video introduction. You can download a 10-week study (Journey to Jesus) to learn the 3-Question method. She offers several other free Bible studies using this method (Acts, Ephesians, 1 & 2 Peter, John).
Have you used an inductive study method like the 3-Question approach?