Before you read this article, please read How To Study a Complete Book of the Bible.

 INTRODUCTION

In this article you will learn how to study an individual chapter within a book of the Bible. I have also included an example of a chapter study for you to read and understand.

 THE METHOD DEFINED

Chapter study is exactly what the title conveys. It is the study of God’s Word chapter by chapter.

 THE METHOD EXPLAINED

 STEP ONE: SELECT A CHAPTER TITLE

Record on the Chapter Study Chart the name of the book and chapter number you are studying. Read the entire chapter and give it a title which reflects its content. (If you have done a book survey, you will have already selected a chapter title.

 STEP TWO: MARK PARAGRAPH DIVISIONS

Mark the paragraph divisions within the chapter. In some Bibles the paragraphs are marked with a special paragraph mark (¶). In other Bibles they are marked with a boldface verse number. (Boldface means that the number is darker than the numbers in front of other verses.) If your Bible has neither paragraph marks or boldface markings then you must determine the paragraph divisions yourself. To do this you must know the definition of a paragraph:

“A paragraph is a group of verses which relate to the same subject matter.
When the subject changes, then a new paragraph has begun.”

Mark the paragraph divisions in your Bible by drawing a circle around the verse number where each paragraph begins.

 STEP THREE: CREATE A CHAPTER STUDY CHART

On the Chapter Study Chart record the title of the chapter. List the verses of the paragraph divisions (see example). Then give each paragraph a title which reflects the content of that paragraph. Use the column with the heading “Notes” to record your thoughts about the relation between parts of the chapter (see example). These notes will assist you in creating the chapter outline.

 STEP FOUR: CREATE A CHAPTER OUTLINE

In the last chapter you learned how to outline an entire book of the Bible. Now you will do a more detailed outline of one chapter. You already selected a title for the chapter when you did the chapter chart. Use this for the title of your outline.

Use the paragraph divisions and paragraph titles for the main points. Then select sub points and outline the verses in each paragraph of the chapter. Record the verse numbers by the points and sub points. Also include any other Bible references which relate to the subject and explain it more fully (see example). If the number of paragraphs exceeds the spaces on the chapter study form use additional forms. For long chapters in the Bible you may use several forms.

 EXAMPLE OF THE METHOD

I have selected the book of Jude, which is a book with only one chapter, to use as an example of the chapter study method.

 STEP ONE: SELECT A CHAPTER TITLE

The title selected for the one chapter in Jude is “Warning Against False Teachers.”

 STEP TWO: MARK PARAGRAPH DIVISIONS

The chapter was divided into paragraphs starting with verses 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24. These verses were circled in the Bible to mark the paragraph divisions.

 STEP THREE: CREATE A CHAPTER STUDY CHART

Here is an example of a chapter study chart:

 

Chapter Study Chart

STEP FOUR: CREATE A CHAPTER OUTLINE

Here is the chapter outline we created from our study of Jude:

Chapter Outline Of Jude: Warning Against False Teachers

I. Introduction: Greeting 1:1-2

          A. From: Jude

                    1. Brother of James.

                    2. Bond servant of Jesus Christ.

          B. To:

                    1. Sanctified by God.

                    2. Preserved in Christ.

                    3. Called.

II. Purpose: 1:3

          A. Original purpose: Common salvation.

          B. Revised purpose: Exhortation that they earnestly contend for the faith.

III. Characteristics of “certain men” (false teachers): 1:4

          A. Crept in unawares.

          B. Ordained to condemnation.

          C. Ungodly men.

          D. Turning God’s grace to lasciviousness.

          E. Denying the Lord Jesus Christ.

IV. Three historical records: 1:5-7

          A. Israel: Once saved, afterward destroyed: 5 (Numbers 13-14 and I Corinthians 10:5-10)

          B. Angels: Left first estate, reserved in chains: 6 (II Peter 2:4)

          C. Sodom and Gomorrah: Sin resulted in punishment by fire: 7 (Genesis 18-19)

V. Description of false teachers 1:8-10 (continued description from verse 4)

          A. Filthy dreamers: 8

          B. Defile the flesh: 8

          C. Despise dominion: 8

          D. Speak evil of dignities: 8-9

                    1. Michael the archangel did not dare to speak evil even against the Devil.

                    2. These men speak evil of things they know not.

          E. Corrupt natural things: 10

VI. Description of these evil men by example: 1:11

          A. Way of Cain: Rejected the blood as necessary for remission of sin.  (Genesis 4)

          B. Error of Balaam: Ministry for financial gain. (Numbers 22-24)

          C. Gainsaying of Core: Denying God’s designated leadership.(Numbers 16)

VII. Description of these evil men by metaphor (comparison to natural examples) 1:12-13

          A. Spots: Actually means “stones” in your feasts; stone in food.

          B. Clouds: Promising much but delivering nothing; easily driven this way and that.

          C. Trees: Without fruit, no roots or stability; twice dead: Once in sin and secondly in hypocrisy.

          D. Waves: Boisterous, noisy, but accomplishing nothing.

          E. Stars: Look bright, but reserved unto darkness.

VIII. Future judgment prophesied by Enoch: 1:14-15 (Genesis 5:18-24)

          A. Judged by the Lord with 10,000 saints.

          B. For all their ungodly deeds committed.

          C. For all their hard speeches spoken against Him.

IX. Description of evil men continued: 1:16-17

          A. Murmurers.

          B. Complainers.

          C. Walking after their own lusts.

          D. Mouth speaking swelling words (boasters).

          E. Have respect of persons, thinking some better than others because of wealth, position, etc.

X. Remember: Jesus warned: 18-19

          A. Mockers would come in the last time.

          B. They would walk after their own ungodly lusts.

          C. They would separate themselves (groups, cliques).

          D. They would be sensual.

          E. They would not have the Spirit of God.

XI. Four point plan for avoiding being deceived by these evil men: 1:20-21

          A. Build up yourself in the faith: 20

          B. Pray in the Holy Ghost: 20

          C. Keep yourself in the love of God: 21

          D. Look for the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ: 21

XII. Our response to these evil men: 1:22-23:

          A. On some have compassion: 22

                    1. Make a difference between these who are weak and the wilfully evil (see following verse).

          B. Others save with fear: 23

                    1. Pull them out of the fire of sin/Hell.

                    2. Hate even the garments spotted by flesh.

XIII. Closing benediction: 1:24-25

          A. He is able to keep us from falling: 24

                    1. To present us faultless.

  2. Before the presence of His glory.

                    3. With exceeding great joy.

          B. To the only wise God our Saviour, now and forever: 25

  1. Glory.

  2. Majesty.

  3. Dominion.

  4. Power.

USING QUESTIONS

Learning to ask questions will help you do detailed studies of Bible passages. The following list of questions concerns the one chapter of the book of Jude used as an example in this lesson. This list is an example of how learning to question can lead you into more detailed study of God’s Word.

 Verses 1-2:

Who is the author of the epistle?
What relationship to Jesus is stated?
What is the relationship to James?
What are the three ways in which Jude identifies his readers as Christians?
What does “kept” mean?
Since he is writing to those who are “kept” does this mean there are some who are called and beloved but not kept in Jesus?

 Verse 3:
What does the “common salvation” mean?
What in Jude 3 indicates that the Holy Spirit changed Jude’s mind about the subject of this letter?
What was he originally going to write about?
Who are the saints?

 Verse 4:
Why is Jude warning them to contend for the faith?
What does “contend” mean?
Does the text indicate these false teachers would soon come or had already come?
Where had these ungodly men crept into?
What two words describe Jesus Christ?
What three things describe these ungodly men?

 Verses 5-8:
What are the two facts about Israel mentioned in verse 5?
How do they relate to Jude’s subject?
Who is the chief angel among those described in verse 6.
What is meant by the “great day”?
To what must “eternal fire” refer?

 Verses 9-10:

Who was Michael?
Why did Michael not accuse the Devil?
What was the dispute between Michael and the Devil?
Who are the ones in verse 10 who speak evil?

 Verse 11:

What three examples of punishment are given in this verse?
What was Cain’s sin?
What was Balaam’s sin?
What was Korah’s sin?
What are the three words (verbs, action words) which describe the actions of the ungodly men?

 Verses 12-13:
Jude compares these ungodly men with things from nature. What are they?
What is similar about the waves, clouds, and stars as described?

 Verses 14-16:
Who was Enoch?
What in verse 16 might tempt a person to show respect of persons?

 Verse 17-19:
What in verse 17 in similar to verse l?
What is similar in verse 17 to verse 5?
How many times is the word “ungodly” used in verses 15 and 18?

 Verse 20-23:
Who is responsible for having faith according to verse 20?
What does the word “building” infer as to the speed of attaining full maturity in Christian life?
Who is responsible for keeping us in the love of God?

 Verses 24-25:
Who is able to keep us from falling?
What does it mean to be presented before God faultless?
What qualities of God are mentioned in verse 25?