Bible Study Skills for Youth

Bible Study Skills for Youth

Studying the Bible is a must in order to grow in your faith as a Christian, but it can be very difficult. When I was converted at sixteen years old, I already knew some of the stories in the Bible but had no idea where to begin reading or what any of the big words meant. I remember reading Ephesians and having no idea what was going on. This meant that every time I read my Bible, I’d get sick of it really quickly because I just didn’t get it, which meant I read it less and less. This is a problem. Over time though, I learned different ways to study the Bible from other people, so I’m about to show you one of those ways. I pray this helps you.

Before I share some of the Bible study skills we can learn, let me point out some things first:

  1. These skills won’t fix all your Bible reading problems, but it will help you think and investigate what some passages are saying. 
  2. This isn’t the only way to study the Bible, just one way which might help.
  3. This method isn’t a way to investigate the context in which the book was written (author, date, origin, purpose etc).
  4. Having a good commentary to help you is always a good thing – ask an older and wiser Christian to point you in the right direction.
  5. This method works best with Psalms, parables and sections of the epistles.

Ok, here we go…


Below are symbols you can use to mark/write in your Bibles. Each symbol has a meaning and will force you to read the text over and over:


Put a circle next to, or around anything that is about God the Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.


Put a square or rectangle next to, or around anything that is about human nature (us).


Underline the most exciting verse or your favourite verse in the passage.


Put an exclamation mark next to any new discovery.


Put a question mark next to a sentence or word you don’t understand.


Put an arrow pointing to any verse that says we should do something (command, action, principle etc).


Once you have done this, you can read back through the text, seeking help to answer the things you didn’t understand, paying particular attention to the things you have highlighted, and hopefully this method will help you understand the passage a little better than before. This method works best in a group discussion as everyone  highlights different stuff which can be discussed to help each other see new things. Try it!

Written by: Gwydion Emlyn, Assistant to the Pastor and member of St. Mellons Baptist Church


  1. Andrew Christofides says:

    thank you for these helpful comments my young assistant! Some helpful hints for Bible study. In general Bible reading however (quiet times) I always look to keep it simple. I ask myself, “what is this passage teaching me about God?” I then ask The Lord to help me to live the day ahead in the light of what I have learnt.

    Any comments Gwydion on the difference between these two areas?

  2. Gwydion Emlyn says:

    I completely agree, that’s why I have included symbols relating to both God and us to highlight the difference (beginning with God). Before we can know anything of ourselves, or do anything worth doing, we must see who God is. For me, my quiet times is never separate from what I’m studying. This allows me to try and live what I preach and teach. So, is there a difference between a Bible study and a quiet time? Yes and no. There isn’t just one way to do either. I like the advice I once received regarding quiet times: “Memorise one verse in the morning and repeat it throughout the day. Pray it, love it, allow God to speak to you through it. In the evening, I guarantee that you will read it differently with a greater appreciation for God than you did in the morning.” As I said in the blog, this isn’t THE way to study the Bible, but ONE WAY to study the Bible.

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