Start at the first and read the lesson through quickly, keeping in mind the general thought content. Mark portions that you feel are of particular interest to you, and which you feel you particularly desire to study deeply.

Re-read the lesson more slowly, making an outline consisting of the leading thoughts and contributing thoughts of each lesson. Such an outline will prove useful now in helping you to organize your thinking and understand thoroughly the subject matter. Later, you may find it an excellent basic sermon outline.

You will note that quotations from Scripture are set off by quotation marks, so that you will realize it is Scripture when you make your first hasty reading. But do not be satisfied with merely reading the quotations from the lesson sheet. Keep your open Bible beside you. Find each quotation in the Bible. Read the entire verse and the context. Discover for yourself that there has been no wresting of the meaning of the Scripture. (See II Peter 3:16.) Be sure for yourself that the meaning attributed to the quotation in the lesson is the same as that intended by its author. Make this a practice in ALL your study of religious writings. If you will do this, you will not be led astray by false doctrines.

MEMORIZE the principal Scripture quotations from each lesson, including the references. Effective faith is faith which has a broad and deep foundation of Scripture hidden away in the heart. Power filled preaching is preaching that comes out of a reservoir of Scripture, well learned, well understood, and firmly believed.

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Ps. 119:11.

Study hard, pray earnestly, and do your best. Purpose in your heart not only to learn the subject matter, but to put into practice EVERY DAY the new truths which you have learned, and to use them not only for your own blessing but to bring blessing to others.