Have you been told how to study the Bible?
Has someone promoted a Bible study to you and then you find it to be less than fulfilling?
Does your heart crave to hear from God? Do you struggle with reading the Bible? If you do spend time reading the Word, are there times in which you glean nothing from it? Or, like me, have you ever fallen asleep reading the Bible or struggled to keep your eyes open? I have, on more than many an occasion.
Through these questions I’ve asked, I mention Bible study or Bible reading. Both good things to do. As a Christian God tells us in His words:
- 2 Timothy 2:15 “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
- 1 Timothy 4:13 “Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
If we are to correctly explain the word, how are we to do this unless we study? If we are to read, then how do we encourage and teach other believers?
Using your Bible, then….pencil and paper!
Bible reading and Bible study, both, have a place in our spiritual life, but each has an entirely different purpose.
As I sit in church on Sunday with my Bible open in my lap, I follow along with the Pastor for whichever scripture he is using for that morning. This is Bible reading. If I am taking notes and listening, I may be learning but I am not studying the Bible. I am hearing a man’s interpretation. Or, I can start my day each morning with reading scripture. I love to do this, yet what this does is to help me focus on God and get my day started.
Bible study, on the other hand, is done for one specific purpose in mind…to know God better!
Both Bible study and Bible reading can be done at home, by myself or in a group in which we are all commonly referring to the same passage. The difference between the two includes paper and pen.
I can read the Bible without a pen and paper nearby…but…
For me to study the Bible, I start with a prayer to God asking Him to teach me what it is He wants for me that day. I read and start writing what is important in whatever scripture I am studying.
God has never failed to teach me. His mercies are new every morning. His faithfulness is for always!
I am a fan of using different Bible study methods to help me retain much of what I am studying. I collect different methods of studying the Word. It’s a hobby of mine…to learn how others study and then adapt them to my lifestyle. I have a number of books describing how to study the Bible, explaining different study methods, or Bible study guides with attached time sheets. I have years of Bible studies in my files I’ve done. A few of these studies I’ve gone through 2 -3 times and I may refer back to some as the commentaries are quite good.
What each has in common are the pen and paper. I’ve never completed a Bible study without a pen in my hand. I’ve read the Bible through a couple of times without a pen, but I have never studied the Bible without a pen. But what I’d like to know from all of you, how do you study the Word? Do you study each day? Is it difficult to find time for study?
NOW, I’m asking for your input!
I’d like to ask you all a few questions to better help me. I am currently writing a Bible study method, not another Bible study, to give you. What I’d like to know from all of you,
- How do you study the Word?
- Do you study each day?
- Is it difficult to find time for study?
- Do you spend more time reading the Bible or studying the Bible?
- Do you prefer being led in a study or is going your own way in a private study your favorite method?
There are no right answers. Each of us has different schedules and each of us is in a different season of life. Would you reply in the comment section for us all to see? Or if you prefer, send me a private message. I would love to hear from you about your favorite method of studying. If you are a reader, then I want to know that also. God has laid on my heart to write about different Bible study methods and also different reading plans. It would be nice to know what you all prefer. Be blessed!