If we do not learn to study the Bible on our own, then we become the hindrance to the perfecting work of the word of God (2 Tim 3:17).
In our local assembly we have special workshops to practice studying the Bible. (Yes, there is quiet time during these meetings.)
These are not teaching or preaching meetings. The goal is to get engaged in doing study. Since we are doing it as a group, the study is guided, but the attendees do the studying.
We focus on two foundational study skills: summarizing and comparing passages.
Summarizing requires engaging your mind to restate what you read in much fewer words. This strengthens your ability to prioritize what is most important (i.e. not miss the forest for the trees).
Comparing requires finding both similarities and differences between passages. This strengthens your ability to observe and pay attention to detail (i.e. focus on the trees).
These may sound like very simple tasks, but you would be amazed at how many doctrinal disasters would be avoided if people were more adept at summarizing and comparing passages.
By His grace,
Justin “practice makes perfect” Johnson