Please tell me I am not the only person who feels this way. Sometimes Bible Studies can get boring. Not that the information gets boring, but the mundane and set routine of “I do my Bible study in this spot, at this time, and with this song playing” is what gets me. (all the people who know me well are probably laughing because my life is that set schedule) But honestly, Bible studies can get boring when we do the same thing over and over again.
Especially with the Christmas season in full swing, it’s hard to not only make time but also have quality time with Jesus. I am fighting this battle with you guys. But we all know that we have better days and more God-glorifying days when we make time for the Lord.
This week I wanted to give some practical and hopefully creative ways to spruce up your Bible study time. Feel free to take it or leave it. These may not be for everyone.
Change locations when needed//
You can meet the Lord anywhere. In the coffee shop or in the free time of a class period. However, when we dedicate time to the Lord we want it to be an uninterrupted time in a comfortable place that helped us focus on Him. For me, it’s the couch in my bedroom. Although I would LOVE to read right when I wake up and stay in my warm bed… we all know what would happen (ZZZzz). And if you have your “spot” that’s great! Just don’t limit yourself to one space… feel free to move around.
Start a new study or book//
So often I think we have the “must finish” mindset. We get into a study and decided that even if I’m not relating to, or not even enjoying the study, that we MUST finish it. This is not a bad thing if your small group is reading a book… but when it is just you, don’t feel bad for closing the book and starting a new one. There is nothing wrong with a fresh start. And the likelihood you will. come back to the study is very hard. Don’t force yourself to finish. This just causes you to rush through and blow over your study time.
Focus on another discipline//
There are many “spiritual disciplines” we do. We have reading the Bible, praying, worshiping, serving, and many more. If you tend to lean towards prayer but don’t read much of the Bible, maybe try getting more Bible time in. This is a great thing to do if you are getting a little bored or even want to challenge yourself. Push yourself to do the discipline that doesn’t come naturally, the one that takes the most effort. All of the disciplines point us closer to God and He will reveal Himself to you through each and every one.
Let others in//
Fellowship id HUGE in a Christian’s life. Having people to talk to and walk with makes a world of a difference. I encourage you to join a friend in a Bible study or even meet for coffee one morning to have some Jesus talks. Find your people and start growing together. You’ll get a change of pace, someone to hold you accountable, and maybe some coffee!
I hope this helps us all make the most of our Bible study times. I know it’s hard sometimes! You got it!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster