Reading it RIGHT
A Bible Study Method by the book
Summarize  Expose
Change  Prepare

God’s Word is the most valuable gift that we can put into our hands. But, for many over the years, reading, understanding and applying it has been somewhat of a mystery.

However, if you will let the Bible itself teach you how it is to be read, it’s like finding the legend on a map. Once you know the way you’re supposed to be reading, the content you should be finding, the application you should be making… the Bible will come alive!

Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that the Bible is “useful” for 4 significant things: teaching, reproofing, correcting, and training in righteousness. With this in mind, it becomes simple: God wants you to read his word for these four uses.

Give it a try, and see what you can learn from God’s word when you start READING IT RIGHT!

The Bible Study Method

Did you know that the Bible gives us instruction on how to read it?

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This means every word of the Bible is designed to provide us 4 things: teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. So, reading the Bible becomes a conversation with God in which we discover what each passage means in line with these purposes.

Summarize- (teach) First, discover the basic teaching in the passage. It’s not about deep insight, or personal application. Simply, what is the headline, or the main thought in a nutshell.

Expose- (reproof) Next, get honest about how this passage evaluates our lives.  The Bible challenges thoughts and actions. When it happens you may feel vulnerable and exposed. Don’t be defensive, be real!

Change- (correct) The next step is to make adjustments. In light of God’s Word we discover some things we need to stop and some we need to start. Making these changes will be an uphill climb, but worth every step.

Prepare- (train) The end result of this process is being one step further in spiritual maturity. God has a plan for your life and the Bible is preparing you for something. Discover/dream/pray what it might be.

The Bible Study Applied

Let’s Get Started...

  1. 1.Find a quiet place without distraction. Bring a Bible, notebook, something to write with, and expectation!

  1. 2.Pray and ask God to speak to you from the Bible.

  1. 3.Read a short passage slowly and silently. Read it again out loud. Don’t rush the reading.

  1. 4.Use your journal to write down responses to the 4 purposes of the Bible.

  1. 5.Pray again:

  2. tell Him what changes you need to make after reading this passage

  3. worship Him by describing His greatness

  4. confess your sins

  5. thank Him for all He has already given/done

  6. make any requests for yourself and/or others


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Andy Addis is the pastor of a midwestern Multi-site church called CrossPoint and author of the blog. As a Bible reader, learner and teacher Andy has used this Bible Study method for years.

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reading it right
Reading it Right is a Bible Study method based on the Bible’s own instruction of how it should be read as seen in 2 Tim. 3:16-17...

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Imagine reading the Bible understanding it, growing from it like never before... that would be Reading It Right!