Six Searches Bible Study Method
With this method all you need to do is read a passage of Scripture—it can be one paragraph, one chapter, or even one of the smaller books. Read it prayerfully and thoughtfully, slowing down whenever it is necessary, in order for you to fully grasp what the writer intended to convey. Now, simply follow this six-point plan that will help you ask the right questions, and get the most out of every passage of Scripture.
To complete a Six Searches Bible study, simply ask yourself:
Step 1 What did you like?
Was there something exciting that God showed you? Write a few sentences about why you liked that particular part of the passage.
Step 2 What didn’t you like?
Be honest, was there anything you didn’t like? Maybe you thought it was boring, or maybe you disagreed with what is being said. It is okay to let the Lord know your thoughts; after all, He already knows them. But, as you express your thoughts, ask Him to help you change your mind where you need to come into agreement with His Word. Write down your thoughts in a few sentences.
Step 3 What didn’t you understand?
Did anything confuse you? Do you have any questions about what you read? Every time we read the Bible it becomes clearer to us, but occasionally questions arise that need answers. Where can we find those answers? Begin by writing down your questions, concerns, and any topics you’d like to further explore. When you have more time, start to dig a little deeper to find the answers.
Step 4 What did you learn about God?
The Bible teaches us about God, so write down everything you learn about Him. Sum up your thoughts in a short paragraph.
Step 5 What should you do?
In the Scriptures God gives us commands, guidelines, recommendations, advice, and examples. From this, we choose whether we are going to follow Him. Did God show you anything specific in your study that you need to obey? Write down those things and make a decision to follow God’s instruction to you today.
Step 6 What phrase can you take with you today?
Reread the passage. What stands out to you as the most important phrase? What are the keywords? Choose one phrase or verse that sums up the main lesson that God taught you from the passage. Write it down on a piece of paper and carry it with you. Throughout the day, take it out and reflect on the time you spent with God in His Word.
Andy Deane, Learn to Study the Bible: Forty Different Step-by-Step Methods to Help You Discover, Apply, and Enjoy God’s Word (Maitland, FL: Xulon Press, 2009), 76–77.