Hey @nathan, what a great question!
I personally enjoy shifting between different methods according to the text I’m studying (whether it’s a narrative, a poetic excerpt, an epistle …)
Here are 2 Bible study methods that my cousin recently shared with me:
A. Examine it method
When we read God’s word, He speaks to us, but what is he saying and what is he
asking us to do? One of the secrets to good bible study is asking the right kinds of
questions. Use these four questions to help you hear God speak:
1.What does this tell us about God?
2.What does this tell us about people/me?
3.How does this point to Jesus (whether by comparison/contrast)?
4.What do you need to do? (S.P.E.C.)
-Sin to confess? Promise to claim? Example to follow? Command to obey?
(Don’t be a hearer of the word only; do it! James 1)
B. Imagine it method
This approach typically works best with stories or parables. Try to imagine the Biblical
scene in your mind. What would you think, feel, or do if you were in this situation?
Then see yourself as a different character in the story, and ask yourself the same
Next, ask yourself these questions: “Who do I identify with most in this story? How
does their situation apply to my life right now? What is God trying to say to me?” Then
take a few minutes to write down your thoughts, observations, questions, or any action
items you need to take.
When you start picturing a scene on the movie screen of your mind, Scripture comes
alive to you and you begin to see it in a whole new light.
Hope these prove helpful !