This is part of the Discover Deeper Devotions series.
I am excited to share this Bible study method with you today. Leigh Ann and Nikki over at Intentional By Grace shared The 5 P’s of Bible Study in their Intentional Conversations vlog series after learning them at the True Woman conference. I have found this method to be a simple, yet effective, way to do daily quiet times. I hope you will find it beneficial as well.
The 5 P’s Bible Study Method is designed to help you gain insight into the Scripture passage you are reading and find ways to practically apply it to your life.
Position Yourself to Hear from God
Before you begin your quiet time is is important to prepare your heart to listen to what God will teach your through His Word. Find a quiet place with little distractions and try to go there for devotions every day. Having a physical point of reference can be helpful in mentally positioning yourself to meet with God.
Pour Over the Passage and Paraphrase
Read the Scripture and write down a paraphrase of the passage in your notebook. Do not add to the Word with your own thoughts, ideas or commentary. This is merely writing it out in your own words for a clearer understanding of what you are reading.
Pull Our the Spiritual Truths
Jot down Biblical principles that you find in the passage. You can use the cross-reference in your Bible for a more in-depth study. It can also be helpful to read the passage before and after the part you are studying to avoid taking verses and teachings out of context.
Pose the Question
Once you have identified the important lessons you have learned from the Scriptures you read, you can discern how to apply what God has revealed to you in your personal life. What area of thinking or doing needs a change of direction?
Decide on how can begin to apply the Truths you have learned through your time with the Lord. This may be one simple action or a planning a long-term goal toward something. The key is make it practical and result in transformation, a change in nature or character.
You can watch the entire vlog series on this Bible study method over at Intentional By Grace. Leigh Ann and Nikki did an excellent job explaining The 5 P’s of Bible Study. They also created a printable that you can use to help you remember the Bible study method during your devotions.
Have you used this Bible study method before?