Bible Study Tips
This is how I started studying God’s Word
and how I still do my Quiet Times now.
- Get a Bible, the actual book if possible
- If you don’t have one, that’s ok, there are many free Bible apps available. But when/if you can, get the actual book.
- Apps are awesome, but I don’t use mine when I study because I’m too easily distracted by notifications. They derail my train of thought and interrupt what God is trying to speak to me about.
- Plus having the book allows you to highlight verses and write margin notes—creating a journal of sorts to record your growing relationship with Jesus through life’s ups and downs.
- Get a notebook or journal
- I prefer a spiral bound journal and pretty colored pens. However, my boys prefer notebooks and black or blue ink. Either are perfect.
- My preference for journals is two-fold:
- They have heavier pages that don’t tear out easily making them last for years
- They can be fun, pretty, motivational, have verses in them, etc.
- I go back to my journals when I restudy a portion of Scripture.
- I always learn something new each time I restudy Scripture because as life changes, different things resonate with me that didn’t resonate before.
- Other times, I have to relearn something—get it driven by the Holy 2×4.
- But every single time I look back at my journals, I’m blown away by the contrast of where I was and where I am now. Of how God has changed me. Of how His grace has made me new. And then I fall in love with Him all over again.
- You can type your notes, but again, you have to take into consideration those pesky notifications. Plus—there’s something deeply personal in the act of putting a pen to paper in response to what God’s telling you.
- I retain things better and longer when I write them down as opposed to typing them. I also ponder more about what I’m writing and internalize it. And that, Beloved, is when change happens! I firmly believe journals are critical to your growth!
- Read the Scripture passage and record its address at the beginning of your new journal entry with the date.
- Example: Sept 1, 2017—Luke 1:1-4
- Summarize the passage in your words and engage with the passage.
- What are your thoughts, reactions, and questions
- How can I apply this to my life?
- If it doesn’t directly apply to my life, what instruction can I benefit from this passage?
- What new information can I glean about who God is and how He cares for His people?
- How did God blow your mind, bless you, call you out, challenge you, refine the direction and purpose He has given you, etc. ?
- Read the devotional and record your thoughts, reactions, and questions
- What is God saying to you?
- How is He blessing, encouraging, challenging, convicting you?
- Write a prayer to God
- It is only after this I consult any of my commentaries, lexical aids, or other books and resources.
I hope this helps. Blessings, Dear One!