3 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible

In this article you will learn 3 questions to ask when reading the Bible. This has recently become one of my favorite ways to read God’s Word. This is a simple Bible study method, but will still take you deeper into God’s Word and His heart. Plus, I’ve created a printable on this 3 questions Bible study and it’s in the resource library. Don’t forget to sign up for yours!

I learned this simple bible study method in my “Bible Study Fellowship” class, but it’s been around for quite a while. Many people use this outline as their daily Bible study questions because it is an uncomplicated and simple method.

3 questions to ask when reading the bible

Benefits of the 3 Questions Bible Study

It’s a simple Bible study method.

Whether you’re leading a small group, your family or doing your personal study – this takes the guesswork out of preparation.

The simplicity of this Bible study method opens the door to be still and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart.

In my own life, I lead impromptu Bible studies with my kids often. Right now, we’re working our way through Acts.

If you’re a mom, you know how unpredictable the morning can suddenly become. When that happens, we skip the question by question Bible study (I printed and neatly stapled) and quickly move to plan b. We still get to do the simple Bible study method while eating breakfast or driving to school. The 3 daily questions method works perfectly in a moment’s notice. And it’s great conversation, too.

The daily Bible study questions are conversational.

When we’re hanging out with others (believers or unbelievers) we are not as likely to whip out our Bible and begin going through a passage question by question. Ideally, we would be talking naturally and conversationally about our awesome God and how we see Him working in our lives and in this world.

The 3 question Bible study method trains our brain to discuss a passage or biblical truth and how it applies to our life naturally. Talking about (*gasp*) Jesus can be done in a meaningful way – without it being scripted. This is my favorite benefit of the 3 questions Bible study.

This Bible study takes you deeper.

In these daily Bible study questions, the conversation goes deeper. Whether you are talking with God or in a small group – self reflection always takes the conversation deeper.

Whether I am reflecting on God’s heart in the passage or how to apply His Word to my life – I’m reflecting, thinking, waiting. God always shows up. His Holy Spirit is nudging our heart.

Guess what happens next… this usually becomes my prayer points. Praising and thanking God for who He is and confessing and asking Him to make me more like His Son.

Are you ready to learn the 3 questions to ask when reading the Bible?

Don’t forget you can get a printable outline to the daily Bible study questions.

#1: What is happening in this passage?

This is where you summarize what you’re reading. Tell the story in your own words. Stick to the facts – identify what, who, when and where.

#2: What do you learn about God (or man)?

This is more interpretive. How do you see God’s heart in this passage? What does the passage show you about the character or attributes of God? Or possibly, what does the passage show you about the heart of man?

#3: How can you apply this to your life?

God’s Word is transforming (Romans 12:2). Take a moment and reflect on how this passage applies to you, personally. What are you learning about yourself?

Wrap Up: The Simple Bible Study Method

Getting to know these 3 questions to ask when reading the Bible will take the guess work out of preparing to study. This will also train your brain to be more conversational when sharing Biblical truth with others in a more natural way. Even though this seems so simple…it will still take you deeper into God’s heart.

Just ask these 3 questions: What is happening? What do you learn about God? How can you apply this to your life?

What are your thoughts? Would you add anything? Leave it in the comments and don’t forget to grab a free printable outline of this simple Bible study method!

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  1. Carolina on October 16, 2019 at 8:21 am

    This is such a simple method, yet it’s powerful! Every time we study The Word of God our minds are renewed, our bodies are healed, our faith grows! Thank you for sharing this, I will use those 3 questions on my bible study tomorrow. Great Post!

    • Sunshyne on October 18, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Carolina! Thank you so much for stopping by:) You are so right…renewing our mind, grows our faith.

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    • Cora on February 4, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      There is a mini typo. Whenever you were explaining each question, the last sentence of the last question said “what are you learn about yourself?”. Just wanted to point that out in case you wanted to fix that. But other than that, this was a really good article 😁

  6. NC on May 13, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Bless you and thank you!

    • Sunshyne on May 13, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Glad you found it helpful, NC!

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  9. Janice R Wheeler on January 27, 2021 at 9:39 am

    My Pastor gave us 3 questions to use in Bible study 1. What do I see? 2. What does it mean? 3. Why does it matter? I’m going to add these 3 questions. Depending on the passage sometimes 1 group of questions are more applicable than the other. Thanks for sharing. The more I can get out of God’s word the better.

    • Sunshyne Gray on January 27, 2021 at 12:59 pm

      I like the 3 you use! I might have to make another form:) Thanks for sharing, Janice!

  10. Ellen on March 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

    I love what you Ofer SunshyneI thank God for you Ellen

  11. Howard Schultz on March 17, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for sharing this, I am going to apply it

    Isaiah 7:9
    New International Version
    9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
    and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.
    If you do not stand firm in your faith,
    you will not stand at all.’”

    What is happening in this passage?

    God through Isaiah is telling his Kids about, Ephraim and Samaria

    #2: What do you learn about God (or man)?

    Man doubts, God truth, Man hears and does not abide in Truth

    #3: How can you apply this to your life?

    Trust God only, not my own interpretation(s) or anyone else’s, yet listen to all. But go to God to eventually hear truth over error
    For if one doubts God, then God will not hold one up

    Thanks, that workshop there

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