Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bible Study Skill/Tools – Key Word Search

 Have ever wondered what the Bible has to say on a certain subject?

Have you, like me, found yourself Googling “what does the Bible say about … ?” only to find multiple (and sometimes conflicting!) views on whatever subject may be at hand.

Doing a keyword search in my Bible or Bible app often helps me gain a deeper meaning of what God’s Word actually has to say on a certain topic.

I LOVE using BibleGateway.com to do keyword searches! I type in the word I want to study and what version of the Bible I want to use, and it pulls up the verses on that subject! Here below is what it looked like when I did a keyword search on faith.

With over 507 results and the ability to view other translations, context, or the whole chapter, I found myself in awe of God’s Word and how it all fits together to speak straight into my life today!
I would like to challenge you to pick any small book of the Bible (or long passage that can be read in one sitting) and read the whole thing for several days or even weeks in a row, looking for something different every day … such as references to God one day, to Jesus the next, to His promises, His provision, His faithfulness and so on. As you read, look for things you’ve never seen before in those verses, let them speak to you personally, seek a fresh deeper understanding of God’s Word.

I love that I can do key word reading any time, with nothing more than my Bible!  

Hebrews 11, often called “The Hall of Faith,” by many Bible scholars.  So I encourage you to continue your walk of faith by reading Hebrews 11 (or another passage if you like) for several days, a few weeks or even a month. Whatever works for you…As you read the same words/verses over and over again, let them soak deep within your soul and change you.

Key Word Search on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NhEkMLTKG58

Here’s a helpful list of 20 Things to Look For in Studying Scripture, some tips on key word reading and a little journal to record what you find.

This is the Blue Heron I mentioned in the video!

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