Bible Study Tools & Resources
The HEAR journal method is good for personal devotions and drawing application from your daily Bible reading. Get yourself a journal and write a brief response to your readings using the HEAR outline.
Identify a single verse or statement from the text as the focus statement of your reading.
Briefly explain what is being said and what the main point of the verse or passage is.
Apply the main point to your own life and write down what God is teaching you in this text.
Write down a prayer to God, thank Him for what He has taught you in this passage and ask for His help.
The RANSOM method is recommended by Joe Thorn and Jimmy Fowler of the Doctrine & Devotion podcast and Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois.
Read the passage of Scripture slowly and carefully. Read it multiple times and in different translations if you can.
Ask questions about the text. All of the questions in the Shape & Sharpen 5-Step Study Guide are good questions to ask.
As you work through the passage, note the main idea, key words/phrases, repititions and doctrines being emphasized.
Think carefully through everything you have noted so far and then summarize the main idea of the passage in your own words.
Ask yourself, “What would obedience to this passage look like in my life?” What do I need repent of and what do I need to believe?
Try to memorize the key verse(s) of the text you have studied. Think about what you have learned during the day and pray about it.