SDA Sabbath School Lessons
February 10, 1996
#6 How to study a Bible theme
Read for this week's study:
Memory text: Romans 3:24
The thematic method of Bible study helps is to investigate the
great theme of the Bible. We learn about the theme by approaching it with a
set of questions, analyzing the passages, summarizing our conclusions, and
then writing out a personal application. The purpose of this method of
Bible study is to become acquainted with God's will as seen in major Bible
Discovering God's grace.
To demonstrate the thematic approach to Bible
study, this week we will study the theme "grace." The thematic approach is
a type of topical study. Focusing on one theme, it explores the Bible's
teaching and application of that theme to our lives. We discover what we
can about a chosen theme by examining Bible passages that deal with it,
allowing specific Bible passages to suggest questions for which we seek
answers throughout Scripture. This method requires some tools for study (a
concordance, Bible commentaries, and dictionaries), but we will provide all
the information you need to understand the theme grace in the Bible.
One advantage of this method is that it is the easiest type of
personal Bible study. It is a simple method that can result in a profound
understanding of the Bible.
- Sunday Feb. 4: Theme: The importance of grace. John 1:14-16 & Ephesians 2:8-10
- Steps in studying a Bible theme:
- Choose a theme to study that interests you.
- List all the biblical passages that you intend to study. Using your
tools for Bible study,make a list of the verses that are related to the
topical theme. You may wish to look up synonyms and other words and concepts
that are related to your theme.
- Decide on the questions you want to ask. You may wish to use what, why,
when, how, and who questions.
- Ask your questions of each passage that deals with the theme. Read the
text first. Then ask your questions, and write down theanswers you find on
your question form.
- Draw a conclusion from your study. Ask, "What have I discovered about
this theme?" Organize your answer into an outline.
- Ask and answer the question "So what?" Write out personal applications.
- Why is the topic of grace such an important topic for Christians to
understand? Not how the following passages in context address this question:
Romans 11: 5,6,
1 Corinthians 1:4-7,
- Monday Feb. 5: Asking the right questions. Ephesians 3:7-8 & Galatians 3:18
- Tuesday Feb. 6: Getting the right answers. Romans 11:5-6
- Wednesday Feb. 7: Drawing conclusions. Romans 5:17
- Thursday Feb. 8: Applying the Bible to our lives. 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4
- Friday Feb. 9: Review and further study.
- What other themes in Scripture would you like to understand?
- What is the value of thematic Bible study? How can thematic Bible study
be used in evangelism and personal witnessing? What creative uses can you
find for this kind of study?
- How can one be saved by grace through faith and still be concerned about
Thematic Bible study is one helpful means of learning more about grace.
Grace, the love of God manifested in His infinite saving work for humanity,
has been available throughout history. The cross was the supreme revelation
of God's grace. His grace continually comes to us through the compassionate
ministry of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
Coded by Dave Albrecht.
Last updated on February 17, 1996.