Techniques Most Often Used To Study Scripture
Participants noted they most frequently study scripture by: reading down the text (60%), using a devotional (52%), searching for verses about a particular topic (50%), and learning from what they hear around their church and/or from friends (45%).
In contrast, fewer used more in-depth Bible study techniques such as:
· Scriptural word search (21%)
· Verse by verse study using an inductive method (20%)
· Online software or website (such as e-Sword) (11%)
· Studying a theology book (9%)
· Utilizing a Greek or Hebrew word dictionary (6%)
· Studying directly from the Greek or Hebrew text (2%)
When asked what educational settings they use to study scripture the most common responses were: personal scripture study (80%), what they hear around their church and/or from friends (42%), a small group Bible study (36%), or streaming their pastor's sermons (34%).
Respondents reported generally good wellbeing averaging 4.6 [on a scale of 0 (worse) to 6 (best)]. However, significantly better wellbeing (P<0.001)
This survey indicates that young evangelicals appear to use mostly superficial techniques to study scripture, however, those who most believe that scripture should be studied deeply, and is important for living a godly life, noted better wellbeing.
All the findings of the survey can be found here as well as other findings from Teleios Research are on our website.
About Teleios - Teleios is a non-profit foundation, seeks to demonstrate the truth of Scripture and the Christian faith through the scientific method by providing evidence for the positive results of a biblically-based lifestyle. Prior studies conducted by Teleios have shown that the practice of the Christian faith (praise, prayer, fellowship, service and Bible study) and security of salvation increases well-being while reducing guilt.