The Best Study Method?

Q. I have been following you for such a long time; and finally decided to ask a question I’ve long wondered about. You have become such an expert on answering scripture related questions; and I trust and respect your wisdom. Would you share with me the technique (method) you find most helpful in studying the Word? I’ve tried several methods and have lots of reference books, but still don’t seem to have a handle on the best way. I, too, believe time is short; and I want to learn all I can while I’m still here.

A. Thanks for the kind words, but I can’t take any of the credit here because I don’t subscribe to any organized method of study. I think they’re too structured and can turn something that should be fun into drudgery. From the beginning I let the Holy Spirit direct me in my studies and went wherever I thought He was taking me. This resulted in my study always being an exciting journey of discovery.

If I had to describe my method, I’d say it’s kind of like a like a dog sniffing a rabbit trail, going where ever it leads him without a thought for how random or circuitous it seems.

The Holy Spirit was sent to be our teacher (John 16:13-15) and has a plan uniquely tailored for each of us. I like to think I’m following the plan He has for me.

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