Free Printable Bible Verse Mapping Worksheet For Beginners

You might wonder what verse mapping is. Simply put, it is a combination of several Bible study methods that help you look beyond the surface on the printed page. 

If you have never done Bible verse mapping you probably have questions: 

  • What are the benefits of verse mapping?
  • Where do you start with verse mapping?
  • How do you pick a Bible verse?

Let’s answer your questions and get you started with a free printable Bible verse mapping worksheet. The best way to learn is to just jump in and do it. Having verse mapping templates makes it easier to learn. 

Benefits of Bible verse mapping 

Is verse mapping a good way to study the Bible? Are there benefits to using this method over other methods? 

Verse mapping pulls together elements from Scripture writing, topical Bible study, and inductive Bible study.

Any time we take deep dives into God’s word looking for the meaning of key words that stand out in a passage of scripture, we come away with a better understanding of what God wants and our purpose in His plans.

Furthermore, filling out a Bible verse mapping worksheet is especially helpful for visual and kinesthetic learners. 

  • Visual learners see the colors, shapes, and concepts in front of them and remember the Scripture. 
  • Kinesthetic learners feel the motion of writing, drawing, and coloring and connect it to the Scripture. 
  • Auditory learners can benefit by reading their insights out loud.

The process of verse mapping is a great tool leading to spiritual growth. Why? It helps us understand and put into practice the will of God. It can be a powerful tool for your spiritual journey. 

The good thing is you do not need to be a seminary-trained theologian to understand the Word of God since there are so many online tools that give insight into the cultural context and meaning of the original languages.  

Where do I start with verse mapping?

Verse mapping is a form of Bible journaling. Getting started is where a Bible verse mapping worksheet comes in handy.

After you have chosen your verse, set aside 15-20 minutes to take a deeper dive into God’s word. The good thing is if you run out of time, this Bible study method adapts well to multiple short periods of time. 

According to Wikipedia, “There are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament. This gives a total of 31,102 verses in the entire Bible

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How do you pick a verse for a Bible verse mapping worksheet?

Wow. It almost gives some people a headache just trying to figure out where to begin. Here are some ideas. 

  1. Daily Bible reading- Are there a couple of verses that had meaning to you or that you had questions about?
  2. Take a topical Bible reading plan that is on a subject that you are interested in and use some of those verses to map. 
  3. If you are using a devotional book, most days start with a verse to read. Use some of them.

What are the steps and parts of a Bible verse mapping worksheet? 

  1. Writing the verse
  2. Focussing on a specific word or words
  3. Comparing different Bible translations 
  4. Taking into account the historical context
  5. Finding the meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek translations
  6. Determining the meaning of the Bible verse
  7. Making personal application of the Scripture

Here is a step-by-step guide to completing your Bible verse mapping worksheet. 

1. Writing the verse

Think back to when you were in elementary school. We wrote all kinds of things: the alphabet, numbers, vocabulary words, and more. Why? Because writing helps us remember better no matter our age.

Don’t miss this important step. This is why some people make it a regular practice to follow Scripture writing plans. 

2. Focussing on a specific word or words

Use a highlighter to emphasize specific words that seem important to you, or that you are not sure what they mean. Highlight them in different colors if there are more than one. 

3. Comparing different Bible translations and cross references

You will find that some translations will use a different English word to say the same thing. This will help you start to see what words are important. 

Cross references also will give you clues to what is important in the verse you have chosen to write. 

4. Taking into account the historical context

In the book of John, chapter 4, going to the city well at noon might not mean anything to us today. But it was an important clue for understanding the context.

Anyone going to the city well at noon in Jesus’ day was an outcast. They were not allowed to go during the cool mornings.  

5. Finding the meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek words

The Bible was written in a different language than what we read in our Bibles today. And if you like the King James version, there are words used there that are not used today.

Language has a way of changing over time. It is important to understand what the words meant to the authors as they wrote the Scriptures. 

6. Determining the meaning of the Bible verse

All the previous steps were leading up to this point. We now take all of the clues and insights that we have looked at and should be able to come up with a clearer idea of what God wants us to know. 

If you are stuck at this point, then consult a commentary. Also don’t forget to ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind. 

​ 7. Making application of the Scripture

Photo of an open Bible with a banner across it and this caption, "God's plan is for Scripture to change us into the people that He created us to be."

Without this final step, our Bible study is almost useless.  Even the demons know what the Bible says and it has not changed them. 

 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:22-25 NLT

God’s plan is for Scripture to change us into the people that He created us to be.

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

The more verse maps you do and have applied to your life, the greater your spiritual growth.

Bible verse mapping is a powerful Bible study technique to unlock a deeper understanding of God and your relationship with Him. 

A free printable Bible verse mapping worksheet for you

The Creator’s Classroom wants to help enrich your quiet time with God. We have more than one Bible verse mapping worksheet for your personal use.

You will get a digital download in several PDF files. They are free with two different color schemes, as well as a plain black and white one. They come with detailed instructions and resources. Here is the link.

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Pink and green Bible verse mapping worksheet
Black & white Bible verse mapping worksheet
Tan parchment Bible verse mapping worksheet

If you are looking for a physical item, similar products are available on Amazon, Christian Bookstores, ETSY, and other online marketplaces. The format of the verse mapping may be a little different but all the necessary elements should be there.

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References and resources:

  • Thanks to Wikipedia for their helpful information.
  • Bible Gateway – to read Scripture in different translations
  • Blue Letter Bible – to find Hebrew or Greek meanings of words or cross-references for your Bible verse mapping worksheet.

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