Bible Studies / Bible Readings

Topical presentations, usually in question (sometimes in outline) form with the answers read from the Bible—a method of Bible evangelism practiced extensively in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. From the 1880s the method was used systematically by ministers and Bible instructors, and also by lay members, in house-to-house visitation. A Bible study may be completely informal, given in response to an inquiry on a specific subject; or it may be, and more often is, one of a progressive series of studies planned for the purpose of systematic instruction in Bible doctrines and Christian living or of preparation for baptism. Since Bible studies are usually given to an individual or a small group, they can be constructed with reference to the problems and questions of the individual and varied ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.