Studying the Bible Using the C.O.M.A Method

A great way to study the Word together is using the “C.O.M.A.” method (taken from David Helm’s One to One Bible Reading).

CONTEXT
– What kind of genre is this passage? (Letter, narrative, poem, proverb, apocalyptic, etc.)
– Who is it written to? What circumstances or passages surround the text that might help us understand the purpose of the text?

OBSERVATION
– What words or phrases stick out to you? Is anything repeated or emphasized?
– What do you think are the main points of the passage?
– Is there anything surprising in this text?

MEANING
– What does this passage teach us about God?
– How does this passage relate to Jesus?
– What does this passage teach us about ourselves?
– Do any other Scripture texts come to mind when reading this passage?

APPLICATION
– How does the passage challenge or confirm my thinking?
– How does this passage challenge the way I live?
– What sin might this passage reveal in my heart?

Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Assistant Pastor of Small Groups and Membership

Bob first joined staff at College Park as a Pastoral Resident in 2011 and has served in several important roles since that time. In 2018, Bob became the Assistant Pastor of Small Groups & Membership. In this role, Bob gives leadership and direction to the Small Group ministry by recruiting, training, and supporting Small Group Leaders and Coaches, as well as overseeing the membership process and covenant member care. 

Bob is passionate about seeing men and women enter into community with others to find hope together. He enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends.