Basics of Studying the Bible

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Below you will find the full outline of the Basics of Studying the Bible course. You can start the course exactly as you would in the actual course—read the descriptions, watch the videos, and interact with the discussion questions. For the first two sessions, the only difference is that in the actual course you would be able to interact with other people from around the world or from your local church.

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Course Description

This course is designed to improve your ability to read, understand, and interpret the Bible. The goal is to help you think through some of the most basic issues related to studying the Bible and orient you to some of the key issues involved. The course explores the nature of Scripture; the literary genres in which it was written; historical, geographical, and cultural factors in the biblical text; prayerful and humble preparation for reading the Word of God; and other important topics.


About the Instructor

M. Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.A., Speech Communication, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Mark Beuving currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Equipping and Discipleship at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA.

Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing.

Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world.

He is the author of Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music and the co-author with Francis Chan of Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples.

Mark lives in Rocklin, CA with his wife and two daughters.

Mark Beuving

Course Sessions

Session 1: Why Careful Bible Study Matters


  1. What has been your standard approach to studying the Bible? (Do you go through any type of process? Do you simply pick up your Bible and read? How do you choose which passages or how much you’ll read? Etc.)
  2. Read Philippians 4:11–13. Based on the context of that passage, what does Paul mean when he says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”?

Session 2: Approaching the Word of God


  1. Is there any sense in which you could honestly compare your desire for the Word of God with a baby’s desire for milk? What would this look like if it became reality in your life?
  2. Think very practically here. Keeping in mind 1 Peter 2:1–3, what would it look like for you to prepare yourself before you began reading the Bible?
  3. What changes would you need to make in order to begin reading the Bible as a student, rather than as a person with his or her own agenda?

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Additional Course Sessions (available in the full course)

Session 3: Taking Scripture at Face Value

Session 4: Historical & Geographical Factors

Session 5: Cultural Factors

Session 6: Literary Factors

Session 7: Scripture as the Voice of God

Session 8: Reading the Bible as a Unified Message

Session 9: Reading the Bible Simply

Session 10: Reading the Bible with Humility & Dependence

Session 11: Reading for Transformation

Session 12: Growing in Your Ability to Interpret Scripture

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