Summary: Questions to ask at Bible studies that get people thinking and talking: These questions for Bible studies are all you need, along with your Bible, for great Bible studies. They work regardless of the book of the Bible you are studying.

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Questions for Bible Studies

Bible Study Questions for Any Book of the Bible

(c) 2010 Doug Britton, LMFT (Permission granted to print for personal use)

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

(Note: These questions are adapted from my book, How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group. It will be available online mid-2015.)

Questions for Bible studies - Introduction

Bring your Bible study alive with good questions.

When people talk about having a Bible study, they often mean they are studying a Christian book on daily living or a book that talks about the Bible. If they are studying the Bible itself (which in many churches increasingly smaller numbers of people are doing), they are probably studying it with the use of a study guide that helps them discover biblical insights.

Reading about the Bible is not enough.

Books about the Bible and books that help people live according to God's principles are good. I have written many myself (you can find them here). However, we need to do more than read about the Bible. We need to read the Bible itself.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
A good way to structure a direct study of Scripture is to use a series of questions. There's nothing like a good question to get people thinking. You can use the following questions when you study any passage in the Bible.

General Bible study questions

These questions can help you better understand the word and help it come alive in you.
  • What do you think is the key message of this chapter?
  • What did you learn from this chapter?
  • Which point in this chapter spoke to you the most?
  • Why do you think God included this chapter in the Bible? WhatÂ’'s the point?
  • Do any of these truths written thousands of years ago apply today? If so, which ones? How do they apply?
  • Are there truths in this chapter that contradict the ideas we hear in the world? If so, what are they?
  • Is there something in this chapter that surprised you? If so, how were you surprised?
  • Are there any verses in this chapter that confuse you or that seem to contradict other parts of the Bible?
  • In view of what we have read, what changes do you think God would want you to make in your attitude, words, or actions?

"What is one passage" Bible study questions

These questions for Bible studies address the same issues, but come at them from a slightly different angle.
  • What is one passage that encourages you? How does it encourage you?
  • What is one passage that inspires you? How does it inspire you?
  • What is one passage that convicts you of sin? How does it convict you?
  • What is one passage that challenges you to change? How does it challenge you?

"Who/what/when" Bible study questions

These Bible study questions are adapted from ideas a friend shared with me.
  • Who wrote this passage?
  • What is the message of this passage?
  • When was it written?
  • Where was it written?
  • Why was it written? What was the purpose?
  • How can I apply the message to my life?

Bible study questions - Conclusion

May these questions for Bible studies help you in your journey through the word.

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