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Checklist: print these off and check off for each passage of the bible

11 steps to deeper bible study

11 Steps to Deeper Bible Study

STEP 1: Pick a passage

STEP 2: Read it entirely and pray

STEP 3: Read it entirely aloud and pray.

STEP 4: Read it entirely in several versions

STEP 5: Choose at least one tool

o   Word Study.

o   Commentary 

STEP 6: Take one verse per day, working verse by verse through the Word Study.

STEP 7: Take notes and/or write out the commentary’s suggested version

STEP 8: Write out your own version in your words

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud

STEP 10:  Repeat steps 6-9 for each chapter until you have finished the entire book

STEP 11: Read the entire book again in one sitting in whichever version you like.

Sample Checklist for James

STEP 1: Pick a passage.  -- DONE!

STEP 2: Read the book of James entirely and pray

STEP 3: Read the book of James entirely aloud and pray.

STEP 4: Read James entirely in several versions

STEP 5: Choose at least one tool

o   Word Study.

o   Commentary. 

STEP 6: Take one verse per day, working verse by verse through the Word Study.

STEP 7: Take notes and/or write out the commentary’s suggested version

STEP 8: Write out your own version in your words

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud

STEP 10:  Repeat steps 6-9 for each chapter until you have finished the entire book

Here is a Checklist for Steps 6-8 for each Chapter and Verse of James:

o   Chapter 1:

  1. Verse 1
  2. Verse 2
  3. Verse 3
  4. Verse 4
  5. Verse 5
  6. Verse 6
  7. Verse 7
  8. Verse 8
  9. Verse 9
  10. Verse 10
  11. Verse 11
  12. Verse 12
  13. Verse 13
  14. Verse 14
  15. Verse 15
  16. Verse 16
  17. Verse 17
  18. Verse 18
  19. Verse 19
  20. Verse 20
  21. Verse 21
  22. Verse 22
  23. Verse 23
  24. Verse 24
  25. Verse 25
  26. Verse 26
  27. Verse 27

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud.   

o   Chapter 2:

  1. Verse 1
  2. Verse 2
  3. Verse 3
  4. Verse 4
  5. Verse 5
  6. Verse 6
  7. Verse 7
  8. Verse 8
  9. Verse 9
  10. Verse 10
  11. Verse 11
  12. Verse 12
  13. Verse 13
  14. Verse 14
  15. Verse 15
  16. Verse 16
  17. Verse 17
  18. Verse 18
  19. Verse 19
  20. Verse 20
  21. Verse 21
  22. Verse 22
  23. Verse 23
  24. Verse 24
  25. Verse 25
  26. Verse 26 

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud.   

o   Chapter 3:

  1. Verse 1
  2. Verse 2
  3. Verse 3
  4. Verse 4
  5. Verse 5
  6. Verse 6
  7. Verse 7
  8. Verse 8
  9. Verse 9
  10. Verse 10
  11. Verse 11
  12. Verse 12
  13. Verse 13
  14. Verse 14
  15. Verse 15
  16. Verse 16
  17. Verse 17
  18. Verse 18

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud.   

o   Chapter 4:

  1. Verse 1
  2. Verse 2
  3. Verse 3
  4. Verse 4
  5. Verse 5
  6. Verse 6
  7. Verse 7
  8. Verse 8
  9. Verse 9
  10. Verse 10
  11. Verse 11
  12. Verse 12
  13. Verse 13
  14. Verse 14
  15. Verse 15
  16. Verse 16
  17. Verse 17 

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud.   

o   Chapter 5:

  1. Verse 1
  2. Verse 2
  3. Verse 3
  4. Verse 4
  5. Verse 5
  6. Verse 6
  7. Verse 7
  8. Verse 8
  9. Verse 9
  10. Verse 10
  11. Verse 11
  12. Verse 12
  13. Verse 13
  14. Verse 14
  15. Verse 15
  16. Verse 16
  17. Verse 17
  18. Verse 18
  19. Verse 19
  20. Verse 20 

STEP 9: After finishing the entire chapter, read the chapter again in your own version, preferably aloud.   

STEP 11: Read the entire book again in one sitting in whichever version you like.

Sample Notes:

james observation

1. observations

When I started out studying James, it was my first time going that deep.  I tried several methods and found I needed to readjust my method several times. 

I started with a list of questions that I made from reading the entire book of James.  I listed observations—only things that were actually in the text, no opinions or extrapolations at this point. 

2. Copying Quotes

After I had read through the entire book again, answering these questions, I wanted to go even deeper. 

I found an easy-to-read commentary about James (Curtis Vaughan’s James: A Study Guide [1969 by Zondervan Publishing House)], and I began with just copying quotes from it that I thought were insightful. 

james outline

3. Entire outline

When I realized that Vaughn was following his own outline, I copied the entire outline and read along with this in mind.

James ch2 extended outline

4. expanded outline

I began inserting quotes along with the outline.  This also helped me with organization, and seeing how the different sections correlated.

James Lila's version

5. Your own version

I eventually realized that I needed to put everything I had learned together, and so was born “Lila’s Version.” 😊