verse by verse bible study

Verse by Verse Bible Study

Welcome to the Verse by Verse Study Method.

Introduction by Peter Rhebergen: This Bible study method, accompanied by resources, will allow you to do a Bible study in your own way. It is an example of some of the most effective Bible study methods found and discussed more fully in the following book, which is unfortunately now out of print: Warren, Richard, with William A. Shell, 12 Dynamic Bible Study Methods, Victor Books, Wheaton, Illinois, 1987. All the material that follows has been taken exclusively from this book and summarized for this course. I had the privilege of studying this material under William (Bill) Shell in a class on Biblical Interpretation at Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1988 – 1989 and found both him and his teaching very beneficial as his heart was dedicated to the equipping of the saints. If there is any copyright infringement I am solely to blame and plead the excuse that this material is simply too valuable not to share with others. In each method described here, a basic outline of the method will be given and some useful tools for this method will be listed. The studies begin with the basic method types and progress toward studies that are more in depth and require greater allocations of time but which will also yield greater results. Each method of Bible study presented here is accompanied by a chart, which has been reproduced from the above book.

In the Verse by Verse Method of Bible study you will select a passage of the Bible and examine it in great detail, asking questions of it, finding cross references to it, and paraphrasing each verse within it. The Verse by Verse Bible study concludes with your obtaining a practical, personal application for each verse in the study.

        12.1 – Tools

12.1.1 – Bible

12.1.2 – Cross references

12.1.3 – Exhaustive concordance

12.1.4 – Bible dictionary and/or encyclopedia

12.1.5 – Word studies

12.2 – Hints

12.2.1 – If you are short on time you can do this study without the reference tools above, except for the Bible of course.

12.3 – Steps

Step 1 – Write out each verse of the passage in your own words, striving for accuracy and not referring to other paraphrases except by way of example. You are attempting to put the passage into your own words, not into the words of another person.

Step 2 – List any questions you have on any verse in your study, note any answers you are able to find, and record any observations you have made on that verse. Do this for each verse in the study. It may be helpful for you to indicate questions, answers, and observations with the letters Q, A, or O so that each will be easier to find upon returning to the study at other times.

Step 3 – Find some cross references for each verse, trying for at least one for each verse, and indicate if the reference is for a specific word, phrase, or concept within that verse.

Step 4 – For each verse note any insights you have found in your study.

Step 5 – Write a brief personal application for each verse or, failing that, make note of some devotional thought to which you may return in a Devotional Bible study and build upon it.

Chart for the Verse By Verse Method of Bible study

Bible Verse:
1. Personal Paraphrase:
2. Questions, Answers, and Observations:
3. Cross References:
4. Insights:
5. Practical Personal Applications: 

Created by Peter Rhebergen


Our Author
Peter Rhebergen, was raised in a Christian home and currently attends Westney Heights Baptist Church with his family. He is a volunteer in several of its ministries and has served as assistant pastor, youth leader, adult Sunday School teacher and as pulpit supply at various churches and Bible Camps in Southern Ontario. He has been married since 1989 and together with his wife has three wonderful children who have introduced them to horses, hermit crabs and numerous other creatures they would not otherwise have met. He is an avid photographer and poet and has held a life-long interest in astronomy thanks to Psalm 19 and an uncle. You can visit’s Peters website at