Before you read this article, please read the following:
How To Do a Survey Study of a Complete Book of the Bible
How To Do a Chapter Study
How To Do a Paragraph Study

 INTRODUCTION
We have already looked at how to survey a Bible book and do a chapter study within that book. We have also learnt how to study the paragraphs within a chapter. In this article you will learn how to study a single verse in detail. I have also included an example of how this study is done. As you do a verse study, use all you have learned in previous articles about questioning and examining details of structure.

 THE METHOD DEFINED

 STEP ONE: STUDY THE VERSE WITHIN ITS CONTEXT:

Each verse must be interpreted within its context. The context is the surrounding verses of the passage where it is located. The context gives a complete message from God of which one verse is only a part. It is important that a single verse is not taken out of context and misinterpreted. This is often the practice of false teachers.

 STEP TWO: STUDY RELATED VERSES:

Within the context you will discover verses related to the one you have selected for study. They will add more information to the verse you are studying. They may provide a contrast or comparison. Sometimes the verse you are studying may relate to verses in another book of the Bible. (See the example at the end if this article). Look up these references and study them also.

 STEP THREE: CREATE A VERSE STUDY CHART:

Select a title for the chart. On the verse study chart record the name of the book, chapter number, and verse number which you are studying. How you organize your chart will depend on the type of information you accumulate in your study. You may use either a horizontal or vertical chart depending on the information you are recording.

 STEP FOUR: CREATE A VERSE STUDY OUTLINE:

Using the outlining skills you have developed from previous articles, create an outline of the verse. Select an appropriate title, main headings, and subheadings. Use your chart to help you prepare the outline of the verse.

 EXAMPLE OF THE METHOD

 STEP ONE: STUDY THE VERSE WITHIN ITS CONTEXT

I have selected Jude 1:11 as the verse to demonstrate the verse study method. In previous articles we studied this verse in its chapter and paragraph settings so we have already  completed the study of the verse within its context. When you select a verse for study examine it within its context first. You do this by chapter and paragraph study, skills which you learned in previous articles. Also remember to consider the verse within the larger framework of the entire book in which it is located. The study of Jude 1:11 within its context is recorded on the Verse Study Chart.

 STEP TWO: STUDY RELATED VERSES:

Jude 1:11 is related to other verses about false teachers in chapter one. Verses 5-7 give historical examples and verses 12-13 give natural examples of false teachers. Jude 1:11 is also related to three important Old Testament passages:

The story of Cain:                             Genesis 4:1-15; I John 3:12

The story of Balaam:                       Numbers 22-24

The story of Core:                            Numbers 16

The study of these related verses are recorded on the summarizing chart and in the outline.

 STEP THREE: CREATE A VERSE STUDY CHART:

Study the example of the verse study chart which follows:

 Verse Study

STEP FOUR: CREATE A VERSE STUDY OUTLINE:

Here is an example of an outline of a verse:

 

OLD TESTAMENT EXAMPLES OF FALSE TEACHERS

 

Book: Jude                                          Chapter: l                                            Verse: 11

I. God says woe to them (false teachers).

II. The reasons:

A. They have gone in the way of Cain:

1. Genesis 4:1-15 He denied the plan of God that only through the shedding of blood are sins forgiven.

a. This truth is expressed in Hebrews 9:22.

2. 1 John 3:12: He slew his brother because his own works were evil.

B. They ran greedily after the error of Balaam.

1. Numbers 22-24: Balaam did anything for financial benefit.

C. They perished in the gainsaying of Core (Old Testament spelling is Korah)

1. Numbers 16: Korah denied the authority of God’s chosen leadership.

III. There is a progression of evil:

A. First, we go the wrong way.

B. Soon we are running greedily in error.

C. The end result is perishing.

IV. Other examples of false teachers in Jude l:

A. Historical examples: Verses 5-7

1. Israel

2. Angels

3. Sodom and Gomorrah

B. Natural examples: Verses 12-13

1. Spots in feasts.

2. Clouds without water.

3. Trees without fruit.

4. Raging waves.

5. Wandering stars.

Note: Remember, as in all Bible study methods, it is important that you apply what you have learned in verse study. How does the verse you studied apply to your life and ministry?