Method 6 - The Topical Method of Bible Study

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative | Inclination: dispensational | Seminary: Ontario Bible College (Tyndale)

Welcome to the Book Background Method. Please see my note, (Peter Rhebergen):

Previously you encountered the Thematic Method of Bible study in which you studied a narrow theme of the Bible in simple detail asking prepared questions of verses from a chosen list. With the topical study you will study a topic of the Bible, which may contain several themes, and you will not be asking prepared questions, instead you will be recording all insights you find from your study. The topical method will usually take longer than the thematic so you will want to assure yourself that sufficient time is available to at least make a significant start on the study.

6.1 - Tools

6.1.1 - Bible

6.1.2 - Exhaustive concordance and / or cross references

6.1.3 - Topical Bible

6.2 - Hints (taken from Dr. R. A. Torrey)

6.2.1 - Be systematic by listing all the concepts related to your topic. Study each idea comprehensively in a systematic and logical order.

6.2.2 - Be thorough by studying every verse that is related to the topic.

6.2.3 - Be exact and try to get the exact meaning for each verse that you are studying. Remember not to remove the verses from their context but use the context to help you in your study.

6.3 - Steps

Step 1 - Compile a list of words related to the topic you will study

Step 2 - Collect all references relating to each word.

Step 3 - Consider each reference individually.

Step 4 - Compare and group the references.

Step 5 - Condense the results of your study into a brief outline.

Step 6 - Conclude your study.

Chart for the Devotional Method of Bible study


1. List of Words:

2. Bible References:

3. Cross References:

4. Observations (for each verse in 3):

5. Condensed Outline:

6. Conclusion (summary and application):

Peter Rhebergen, was raised in a Christian home and currently attends Westney Heights Baptist Church with his family. He is a volunteer in several of its ministries and has served as assistant pastor, youth leader, adult Sunday School teacher and as pulpit supply at various churches and Bible Camps in Southern Ontario. He has been married since 1989 and together with his wife has three wonderful children who have introduced them to horses, hermit crabs and numerous other creatures they would not otherwise have met. He is an avid photographer and poet and has held a life-long interest in astronomy thanks to Psalm 19 and an uncle. You can visit's Peters website at

This material can be freely used by anyone desiring to bring honour to our God - Peter Rhebergen

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