As the name implies, Bible study is the studying of the Holy Scriptures practiced by Christians around the world. This is actually a personal and spiritual practice where certain times are devoted to reading and understanding parts of the Bible for enlightenment and spiritual enhancement.
Bible study here is not the same as Biblical Studies which is a formal course in the education sector. It could be a subject taught in schools and even assessed as part of an academic qualification. This means that Bible study is carried out voluntarily instead of an obligation. Besides Bible study, it is sometimes called Devotion in certain denominations.
Cell Groups – This is a very common practice where members of a church form small groups based on certain demographics. This can be a residential area, housewives, profession or age. Bible study sessions are usually organized in cell groups as a support system.
Generally, there are a few major types of Bible Study practices.
Inductive – This type of Bible Study involves studying and interpreting a certain passage in the Bible. This is usually carried out in small groups. A passage is selected and then read. The reader will then give his own interpretation of that passage with the group before the others share their respective views. In most cases, there will be insights gained on how this passage can be applied to their lives.
Exegetical – This type of Bible study is more suitable for teaching where it is often used by pastors, theologians and church leaders. A passage or chapter is studied to help the leader prepare for a class or a sermon.
Personal – This is the most common type of Bible study practice where a time is set aside to study the scriptures and engage in prayer. Personal Bible study is practiced mostly in Protestant Christianity which is sometimes called ‘Quiet Time’ where the Christian devotes the duration of this practice with God. In most cases, there are guides on which part of the Bible to read and what inspirations can be drawn from that session.