Super Simple Bible Study

Super Simple Bible Study

Sam DiStefano Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development, Resources 0 Comments

I never grew up going to Sunday school, but almost everyone knows the song, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” At the risk of sounding ridiculous, the lyrics are actually pretty profound. Somewhere along the line, we have made cool one-liners and little sound bytes a substitute for you know, ACTUALLY reading our Bibles. If we did, we would find that the good book does indeed tell an incredible story of redemption and love. The word leads us in wisdom and has the power to transform our hearts and minds.

Romans 15:4 says, “Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.”

So if you are anything like me, knowing that we should read the Bible isn’t the problem, it’s how to do it well. Where do you start? How do you understand what it means? How do you make sure you are interpreting it correctly?

I have done some research and asked some questions. I wanted to find the MOST simple and easy way for leaders and students to read the Bible and lead Bible studies with confidence. The following five questions can be utilized on any passage of Scripture and can easily be used for one on one situations or in a large group setting.  They are not my own, but versions of them have been floating around the internet for some time (If you know please let me know so I can kiss them with thankfulness!)

  1. What does this passage teach us about God?
  2. What does this passage teach us about man?
  3. Is there a command to obey, an example to follow, or a promise to claim?
  4. How does the truth of this passage differ from what we see in culture today?
  5. How can I specifically apply this passage to my life?

That’s it! Can you believe it?! I love these questions because they are super simple. They are easy to model and easy to reproduce. This is a good place to start if you want to grow your Bible reading muscles or if you would like to start your own Bible study! These questions help us figure out what the word is actually trying to communicate and leads us to a place of personal application.

Do you have a go to Bible study? What are your favorite questions to ask while you are reading the scripture? Comment and share your experience!


About the Author

Sam DiStefano


Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

Free videos you can use as a teaching or small group Bible study resource

Teaching And Bible Study Resource

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Resources 0 Comments

I’m always keeping an eye out for helpful resources that you can put to use in your ministry. This one is a number of free videos that could come in handy when putting together a sermon or running a small group Bible study.

My wife has been participating in a D-Group the last couple months. If you’re not familiar with them they have gotten really popular and are a pretty cool concept for discipleship. As part of the Bible reading for these groups she had to watch a series of videos called Bible In Five.

These videos are what they sound like, short five minute videos that sum up parts of the Bible. While the teaching style can be a little dry at times, they do a great job of providing background, context and structure for the different books of the Bible. You could use these to inform your sermon prep time, show one to start your message or incorporate them into your Bible study to better explain concepts. Videos are great for keeping people engaged and these are a practical, concise way to do that.

Tim Mackie, who teaches the Bible In Five videos, also worked with Jon Collins to develop The Bible Project. This is a couple different video series. There are videos that are a little longer than the Bible In Five ones called Read Through Scripture that walk you through each part of the Bible.

These are illustrated and a little more engaging. It appears the funding for this project was never finished, so unfortunately there aren’t videos for the entire Bible, but there are still quite a few. There is also a series that breaks down key Biblical themes.

As you look over these videos you can see how they would be especially helpful for those who have little experience with the Bible or have not done any extensive Bible study. That’s probably the majority of students you work with. I also like how Tim and Jon tell the narrative that runs throughout the Bible and show the ways these stories are all part of one larger story.

Have you come across any other helpful resources lately? I’d love to hear about them! Please leave a comment below.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler


Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.