Discovering Doctrine: A Personal Bible Study

Discovering Doctrine: A Personal Bible Study

Available in Printed Book, E-book (pdf)


Help your students develop the habit of learning doctrinal truth as they read the Bible for themselves. This long-term journaling project helps students record what they discover the Bible says about ten major doctrines. (Grades 7–12) See full description →

Download a Free Sample

Clear selection

Product Description

Know what you believe and why!

Discovering Doctrine: A Personal Bible Study, walks the student through discovering and organizing what the Bible teaches about ten important doctrines:

  • The Bible
  • God
  • Jesus Christ
  • Holy Spirit
  • Man
  • Sin
  • Salvation
  • Angels
  • The Church
  • Future Events

This study does not tell you what to believe or what the author of the study believes; it points you to Scripture and helps you discover what the Bible says you should believe. As you read through the Bible—whether during school work, personal devotions, family devotions, or church gatherings—Discovering Doctrine encourages you to watch for and record verses in your readings that relate to the ten doctrines. After you have read through the Bible and recorded all those teachings, you will summarize your findings with written narrations, thus composing your own personal doctrinal statement.

  • Biblical—Encourages the student to read the Bible and narrate what it says.
  • Habit-Forming—Instills a lifelong habit of watching for doctrinal truths while reading the Bible.
  • Inductive—Teaches the student to get his beliefs directly from Scripture.
  • Comprehensive—One Discovering Doctrine notebook provides several years of Bible study.
  • Effective—Tracks the student’s progress and keeps his findings organized.
  • Recommended—Listed as a suggested resource in the SCM Curriculum Guide.
  • Versatile—Use as an independent study for grades 7–12, an independent study for an adult, or as a combined study for the whole family together.

Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2015

Additional Information

Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.625 in
Media Type

Printed Book, E-book (pdf)

Suggested grades



Sonya Shafer



Links & Tips

These links and tips that correspond to Discovering Doctrine may be helpful to you. Use them to enhance your study.

2 reviews for Discovering Doctrine: A Personal Bible Study

  1. :

    I have been wanting to use this resource with my 9th grade son this year and was wondering a few things.
    1. Does it give a bible reading plan?
    2. Are there daily/weekly plans for this?
    3. Can he use this on his own for his quiet time study?
    4. Should he use the “Life in the Word” study along with is as a guide?

    I think that is all. blessings,Nikki

    • :

      Good questions, Nikki.
      1. No, it does not give a Bible reading plan. Discovering Doctrine is designed more like a journal to go along with whatever plan you are using, plus be compatible with any passages studied at a church meeting or in personal devotions. If you are using our six-year curriculum guide, you could use the Bible reading plan set forth there during those six years; but Discovering Doctrine will work with any reading plan.
      2. The daily lesson plans in the history/Bible/geography handbooks give Scripture passages to read as we work our way through the Bible during those six years, and there are reminders to make sure students are entering discoveries in their DD notebooks.
      3. Yes, as he reads through Scripture—whether in personal quiet time, school Bible reading, church meeting, or whatever—he can record any doctrinal truths he sees. One of the goals of this journal is to help the student develop a habit of looking for doctrinal truth any time he is reading the Bible, which will hopefully become a habit for life.
      4. Yes, the Discovering Doctrine journal is designed to be an on-going project, almost “on the side” as the student is completing other Bible studies and readings. In our six-year cycle, we include a separate Bible study for the student to complete each year, as well as watching for doctrinal truths and recording those in the DD notebook.

      • :

        I like this, but you forgot the topic that covers 5/6th of the Bible….ISRAELOLOGY. Thanks!

        • :

          If you use this study along with our suggested curriculum guide, the students will spend several years reading about God’s dealings with Israel as they are completing this book.

  2. :

    Hi Sonya,
    My daughter just finished Wisdom from Proverbs. She is starting Foundations on Romans, is this the next advisable study? She did not use or write in the Discovery Doctrine. I’m not sure it was available then–Should she go back and make notations from her Proverbs study?

    You refer to a six year cycle above using the Discovery Doctrine journal. What all does the six year cycle include?

    • :

      Hi, CM. The Discovering Doctrine journal can be started at any time, so go ahead and let your daughter start it now with her new study. That’s fine.

      Discovering Doctrine is designed to be an ongoing project along with whatever Bible studies your child might be doing. On our SCM Curriculum Guide, we give a suggestion of how to study Genesis through Revelation in a six-year cycle. We focus on the narratives and Bible history for the first three years (Genesis through Acts) and then add in the epistles and Revelation over the next three years (Romans through Revelation). That’s just one suggestion. No matter what schedule you use, the important thing is to encourage your child to be on the lookout for any doctrinal truths that she finds along the way and to record them in her DD journal.

      RE which study she should do: The Romans study is quite in-depth. I would recommend it for older students. My 14yo is using it this year, for example. I don’t know what level your daughter is, but if you think the Romans study might be too difficult for this year, you might switch to the Life in the Word study first.

Add a review