Have you been wondering how to do Bible Verse Mapping? If so, you have come to the right place. Below you will find simple instructions to help you get started with this well-loved Bible Study method.
Bible Verse Mapping History
Bible Verse Mapping has been around for quite some time. In fact, I cannot find a reference as to when it was first used or who it was that introduced this method. I know that I have been using the Bible Verse Mapping method for close to 10 years now.
Why should you consider Bible Verse Mapping?
As Christians, we know that the Holy Spirit lives within us. He wants to help us grow closer to Him. Two of the ways that this happens is through prayer and Bible Study. Bible Verse Mapping is simply one method of Bible study that you can use.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that God desires a close, personal relationship with us. He wants to walk along with us during our journey here on earth.
In order to truly benefit or receive from this personal relationship with God, it is necessary for us to spend time getting to know Him and His Word.
Bible study is an excellent way to begin to imprint God’s Word on our hearts. When we have His Word in our hearts, then we will have it with us wherever we go.
How to do Bible Verse Mapping
There are no specific rules for Bible Verse Mapping, but there are some basic guidelines that I will provide here that I hope will be helpful to you.
Step 1: Select a verse to map. For a list of topics and verses, just click here. Now, read not only that verse in your Bible, but also several verses before it and several verses after it. This will help you to understand the context of the verse.
Step 2: Write out the verse that you wish to map.
Step 3: If desired, write out one or two other Bible translations for that verse.
Step 4: Circle the key words that stand out to you in the verse.
Step 5: List those keywords out and define them. The best way to do this is to find the original Greek or Hebrew definition. You can do this with a Bible Concordance. These are available in print and online.
Step 6: You may find some cross references for the verse as you study. It is good to write them out as well while you are mapping.
Step 7: Now, that you have done the initial study work, you can write out the answers to any who, what, why and where questions you may have identified during your studying. This is the where you write what you are learning about the verse. It is also where you can note the meaning of the verse.
Step 8: During your study, have you found references about God – who He is, His attributes, etc. Be sure to write this down in your notes. The Bible tells us a lot about God, so we don’t want to miss this. I like to call this my “God is” section.
Step 9: How can this verse be applied to your life today? Write down any ways that you have identified.
Step 10: By this point, you have completed the actual mapping portion of this Bible Study method. As a final step, there is great value in writing out a prayer for the verse. Here are two ways to do this: 1) You can write the verse as a prayer in your own words or 2) you can write out a prayer about the life application you identified and how the Lord could use this in your life.
Try Bible Verse Mapping
I hope that you will give Bible Verse Mapping a try. You may find it helpful as you learn about God and His love for you. Additionally, you will begin to learn how you can live a life that is pleasing to Him.
You can simply use a sheet of paper and a pen to do a Bible Verse Mapping Study. See my earlier post on this same topic where I share a sample of using a composition book for Bible Verse Mapping.
Or If you’d prefer to purchase a Bible Verse Mapping Workbook, here are some that I really like:
If you’d like to purchase a Bible Verse Mapping Bible Study book, here are some that I really like: