Author: Ron Graham

Training to Teach and Preach

Bible Study Checklist
—Do it right, do it well

The basis of any Christian sermon is Bible study. This checklist helps you to address a passage of scripture in an intelligent and effective manner. It ensures that your Bible study is thorough, fruitful, and empowering. Some of the points on this checklist are covered in detail in other lessons in this series.

checkbox Prayer —Have I prayed for help to understand the passage?

checkbox Reading —Have I read the passage in at least two versions?

checkbox Rightly dividing —What is the Bible division or literary type?

checkbox Context —What are the surrounding passages about?

checkbox Background —Against what background was the passage written?

checkbox Authorship —Do I know all I can about the author?

checkbox Key words —Have I identified the key words and phrases?

checkbox Main points —Have I outlined the main points?

checkbox Theme —Have I found the theme that ties the main points together?

checkbox Paraphrase —Have I tried to put the passage into my own words?

checkbox Questions —What important questions arise from this passage?

checkbox Cross references —What other scriptures relate to this passage?

checkbox Trope/metaphor —Do I recognize any figurative language?

checkbox Error —Do I know of any common misuse of this passage?

checkbox Jesus —Do I know what this passage reveals about Christ?

checkbox Application —Have I looked for application to myself?

checkbox Difficulty —Is this passage within my present ability to understand?