Chapter 4 – Before You Begin


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Identify prerequisites to effective Bible study.
  • Identify two ways God provided for studying His Word.
  • Recognize the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Explain the difference between the milk and meat of the Word of God.
  • Identify three steps for moving from the milk to the meat of the Word of God.
  • List three practical suggestions for studying God’s Word.


Many people try to begin Bible study the same way they study any other book. They take their Bible, open it, and start to read. But often their study does not last long. They find it difficult to understand what they read. They do not recognize how the Bible relates to everyday living and may even think it is a rather dull book. The Bible explains that only certain people will be able to understand God’s Word. People fail at Bible study because they are not spiritually prepared to study the Word of God.

The Bible is like a door which leads into the presence of God. Behind that door are great spiritual treasures. But you must have the key to unlock the door or you will never be able to enter in and explore these treasures. The Bible reveals how to understand God’s Word. It provides the key to unlock the door to spiritual understanding.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.