OIA Bible study is a wonderful tool. With this tool, anyone can get to know the Lord Jesus by learning to study his word.
Perhaps you’ve worked through our series of posts walking you through the full process of observation, interpretation, and application. Perhaps you’ve read the book Knowable Word, which gives clearer examples and practice exercises in a manageable package. These resources have helped you to learn the OIA process, but you’d like something more.
What you could really use is a shorter booklet that merely summarizes the key principles. You don’t need all the drama or the fluff; there’s no need to pierce your ear with an awl just to prove how committed you are (Ex 21:5-6). You, like the Apostle Peter facing Ananias and Sapphira, just want the facts (Acts 5:7-9). You might use such a booklet as a reference guide to help you practice OIA, as it reminds you of the main concepts and the steps. You don’t want to have to go back to the complete book every time you have a specific question. And you don’t want to have to sift through page after page on this website to get a speedy answer or reminder. So what is there for you?
Yesterday, I would have sadly turned you away, like a bridegroom at the door of his wedding feast (Matt 25:10-12). But not today. Today, I am happy to welcome ye who are weary and heavy laden. May you find some rest for your soul.
We’ve had a project in the hopper for many months, and I’m delighted to finally release it for general consumption. We have a short booklet outlining basic Bible study skills, and we’ve uploaded it for you to use at no cost.
You could keep this booklet on your desk as a handy reference. Or you could print it out for your study group or church book table. The booklet focuses only on the principles; it gives almost no illustrations or practice exercises. The point is simply to have all the concepts in a short reference guide.
Without further ado, you can find the booklet here:
Basic Bible Study Skills Booklet
- For printing and passing out
- print two-sided with short-edge flip, then fold the stack of pages in half
- PDF for digital reading
- EPUB download for digital reading
I’ve also put these links up on the blog’s resources page, so you can find them easily in the future. Happy studying!
Many, many thanks to my colleagues who made this project come alive:
- Jenny Carrington took the original blog material and edited it into concise form.
- Dan Miller did all the booklet design and typesetting.
- Ryan Higginbottom scrutinized the project to make sure it was something we could cheerfully offer to our readers.
- Caleb Olshefsky did the last-minute troubleshooting to ensure we could deliver usable formats to our readers.