In the Verse by Verse Method of Bible study you will select a passage of the Bible and examine it in great
detail, asking questions of it, finding cross references to it, and paraphrasing each verse within it. The
Verse by Verse Bible study concludes with your obtaining a practical, personal application for each verse in
12.1 - Tools
12.1.1 - Bible
12.1.2 - Cross references
12.1.3 - Exhaustive concordance
12.1.4 - Bible dictionary and/or encyclopedia
12.1.5 - Word studies
12.2 - Hints
12.2.1 - If you are short on time you can do this study without the reference tools above,
except for the Bible of course.
12.3 - Steps
Step 1 - Write out each verse of the passage in your own words, striving for accuracy and
not referring to other paraphrases except by way of example. You are attempting to put the passage into your
own words, not into the words of another person.
Step 2 - List any questions you have on any verse in your study, note any answers you are
able to find, and record any observations you have made on that verse. Do this for each verse in the study.
It may be helpful for you to indicate questions, answers, and observations with the letters Q, A,
or O so that each will be easier to find upon returning to the study at other times.
Step 3 - Find some cross references for each verse, trying for at least one for each verse,
and indicate if the reference is for a specific word, phrase, or concept within that verse.
Step 4 - For each verse note any insights you have found in your study.
Step 5 - Write a brief personal application for each verse or, failing that, make note of some
devotional thought to which you may return in a Devotional Bible study and build upon it.
Chart for the Verse By Verse Method of Bible study
1. Personal Paraphrase:
2. Questions, Answers, and Observations:
3. Cross References:
5. Practical Personal Applications:
Peter Rhebergen, was raised in a Christian home and currently
attends Westney Heights Baptist Church with his family. He is a volunteer in several of its
ministries and has served as assistant pastor, youth leader, adult Sunday School teacher and as
pulpit supply at various churches and Bible Camps in Southern Ontario. He has been married since
1989 and together with his wife has three wonderful children who have introduced them to horses,
hermit crabs and numerous other creatures they would not otherwise have met. He is an avid
photographer and poet and has held a life-long interest in astronomy thanks to Psalm 19 and an
uncle. You can visit's Peters website at
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