Introducing… the 5 Rs Bible Study Method
I call this the “5 Rs” because it consists of five steps that all start with an “R”:
- Relate/Reveal, and
It’s a simple, step-by-step Bible study method that works. And all you need is a Bible, a notebook and a pen or pencil.
(However, a 5Rs bookmark is also extremely helpful! Download your free copy of the 5 Rs bookmark and craft here. It’s perfect for kids… and adults!)
Let’s take a closer look at each section (and how it works).
The 5 Rs Bible Study Method (an Explanation and Demonstration)
I’m going to explain the 5Rs Bible Study Method below, and then, give ideas for a possible response (in italics) for each section.
Next, start by picking a Bible verse or group of verses. Let’s say we use one of my favorites, Psalm 34:4-6.
Then, begin working through the 5Rs for that section of scripture, writing your response next to each of the “Rs”. You can write the scripture reference at the top of the paper (or you can write “Read” and put the reference there too).
P.S. Want a free printable bookmark with a brief explanation of each step?
Yep, it can really come in handy (especially when teaching this method to kids)!
It’s also the perfect tool to mark the section of scripture you’re reading!
Read the passage. Read Psalm 34:4-6.
Copy the entire verse (as its written in that translation) onto the lined paper.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
Write down the verse again but this time, write it in your own words. Going word-by-word (and without interpretation), decide how you would state the action/truth in this passage.
I cried out to God and he heard my cry and responded. He took all my fears away. Everyone who calls on him for help with their troubles will have spirits that are full of joy; they will not be weighed down by shame or guilt. In my greatest hour of need I prayed to God and he listened; he carried me through and helped me solve my troubles.
NOTE: You can see that I did my best to try to use different-yet-equivalent words than the translation. I like doing this because it forces my brain to understand each word on a deeper level.
Take a few moments to quiet your heart and listen to God’s voice. What is He trying to communicate to you through this scripture? What other stories/scriptures does this one remind you of? What circumstances in your life (or in the lives of others that you know) does this remind you of?
I can see so many times when I’ve cried out to God and he’s rescued me! I love that when He rescues us it’s always done in a way that’s best for us and may not necessarily be comfortable for us. He loves us so much that He is willing to walk us through any hard situation, and within that situation, give us the strength to endure and the wisdom to get through it. This truth also reminds me of the story of Joseph in the Bible.
Now that you know this truth, how will you live differently today?
Knowing this brings great clarity and comfort to me. Sometimes in the midst of a trial, it’s easy to think that God hasn’t heard our cries or doesn’t care. And yet, today, as I think about those things that are challenging me in big ways, I feel peace because I know that he has heard my cry and is “working all things for my good.” I can continue to persevere and to be strong!
Easy and powerful, right?
I can’t tell you how much biblical wisdom our family has gained through this simple method!
However, can I tell you a secret?
The easiest way to teach this method (especially to kids!) is to give them a visual aid.
All those “R” words can get mixed up in little people brains (alright, even in big people brains!) pretty easily.
I’ve found that this simple bookmark makes it super easy for kids to easily reference (and quickly memorize) the Bible study method.
Make this bookmark as a fun project with your kids!
The 5 Rs Bible bookmark printable is fairly generic so that everyone can make their own version and decorate it how they’d like.
Here’s how my bookmark (and my kids’ bookmarks) turned out.
Other Resources for Helping Kids Grow Spiritually
And of course don’t forget to download your own free 5 Rs Bookmark Craft printable!