It is way too easy to just flip open your Bible to a random book and start reading. That was my method of study when I was in elementary and middle school. I believed that the Lord would lead me to the correct chapter or passage I needed to learn from. And while I believe that can happen, I wasn’t going into my quiet time with much intent. I was going with the flow, very carelessly attempting to study the Bible.
Once I got into upper middle school and throughout my years of high school thus far, I began to develop a way to intentionally study the Bible in a practical and beneficial way. While there is no “correct” method for studying the Bible, I wanted to share the lessons I have learned and the things I have found that work well for me. Again, there is no right or wrong way, but if you are in between studies, find yourself resorting back to the “luck of the draw” method, or just wanting to change things up a bit, here are some things to consider.
Getting the right Bible// I am a firm believer in the fact that each translation has something different to offer. I love reading translations that are close to the original text, but also find versions like The Message and Amplified to be very current and word things in a refreshing way. So often I read a well-known verse and fly past it because I know what it says already. But every once and awhile I read that same verse in a new translation and I get refreshing new insight on the verse. So if you are in the market for a new Bible, maybe consider trying something new or getting an app with multiple translations. The Bible I currently use is the She Reads Truth CSB Bible. I LOVE this Bible and find it great for studying and note-taking.
Online and bought Studies// Once you have the right Bible, I suggest finding a devotional, reading plan, or another form of study. I love having a secondary study, commentary, or devotional to relate what you are reading to your everyday life. Some of my favorites are:
Group Study// I LOVE reading and studying the Bible with a group of like-minded people. If you are super social and love fellowship, this is a great choice for you. Get a group of your friends together and pick a book of the Bible to read through and talk about. Assign chapters for each day of the week and just dig into God’s word as a group of believers. It is great accountability to keep reading and another excuse to see your friends. It is honestly a win-win situation!
Studying Alone// If you want to spend time just yourself and the Lord, I have found it incredibly helpful to pick a book of the Bible for each month and map out a schedule of what you are going to read each day. For the month of June I have been going through Isaiah. My schedule looks like this:
SUN: Isaiah 42-43
MON: Isaiah 44-45
TUE: Isaiah 46-47
WED: Isaiah 48-49
THU: Isaiah 50-52
FRI: Isaiah 53-54
SAT: Isaiah 55-56
This way I am reading something everyday, staying on track, and working my way through the Bible. I have found this to be really helpful throughout the summer months because many of my group Bible studies don’t meet over the summer so I am not being “assigned” passages to read during the week.
Another way I have found to be both fun and beneficial is writing out books of the Bible. I know it sounds crazy but IT IS AMAZING!
Say you want to study Hebrews, Start in Chapter 1 and write out about 10 verses a day. When I did this, I started a brand new notebook and wrote out 10 verses of Hebrews each night. After the 10 verses, I would read over them again, write out a prayer, and meditate on them for the day. This method causes you to focus more on a smaller amount of verses and leaves you with a handwritten version of Hebrews. I found it to be pretty amazing but I don’t think it is for everyone.
The last “tip” I will leave you with is one that has changed my life. For Christmas this past year I got this concordance. This thing is CRAZY awesome. It has the original Greek and Hebrew words for each and every word in the Bible. This is where you can deeply study the Bible word for word. If you are starting to get a little bored with your readings or are interested in what a word actually means, I HIGHLY suggest purchasing one of these!
As I said before, there is no wrong way to study the Bible. As long as you are focused on the Lord and listening to Him, you’ll grow closer to Him. I love you guys!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster