August 5, 2011
I frequently hear from others that they just don’t know where to start to study the bible. It is such a big book and when you are not familiar with it or how or why it is laid out, it can be very daunting.
Here are some tips that I have used in times past to learn to study the bible.
1 Before you begin any reading of the Word, find a quiet calm place. Be still and you will begin to know God. Ask Him with all sincerity to show you the true meaning behind what you read and how it applies to you.
Don’t try to force understanding, but allow Him to show you and unfold the meaning out to you. If you are having difficulty understanding a certain portion, just keep reading and soon there will be a portion that will stand out to you.
2 Let me encourage you to get a Daily Bible that is broken down into 365 sections, one for each day. This is such an easy way to start reading and develop a habit of reading. Get one in a translation, like New American Standard, that is easily readable.
With these bibles you do not need to start at January 1. You can just pick it up and whatever day it is, just open to that date and begin reading. There will be an Old Testament portion and a New Testament portion.
If you still can’t get in the frame of mind to read that much at a time, read only the New Testament portion in the beginning. When you arrive at January 1, start reading both the Old and New.
3 Get over the phobia of marking in your bible. Get a thin-line highlighter and an ink pen. As you read the portion for that day. Read it slowly and think about what you are reading. It may seem out of date and irrelevant to your life today, but God has a way of providing a nugget just for you when you least expect it.
When He does, underline it and make notes about your impressions. I also even use sticky notes to make lengthier notes.
6 thoughts on “I Don’t Know How to Study The Bible!”
LOVE this! I love both those sites and they do throw wide open the scriptures in a new light! I also love the different commentaries (on biblegateway.com) to the right of the scriptures. Sometimes those really reveal things in a new light as well – such as what was happening during the time the scripture was written. When I was in college taking Bible classes, our professor had us do an exegesis, which is dissecting each word or phrase in a scripture. We would copy that page of the Bible or just print it off online and then start marking all over it after reading the Lexicons and commentaries (and our own thoughts). I was AMAZED at how much MORE I learned!
We do this once a year to teach our youth how to do so as well. SO needed!
Wonderful post Nancy!
I remember 30 years ago when I learned you could actually go beyond the English word to the root word. Back then I had a great big old Strongs Concordance. I would spend hours going through that. I was amazed at what I found. I was hooked forever.
One other thing I didn’t mention is that just looking up the English word in a Webster’s Dictionary is also very enlightening! Sometimes we just think we know what a word truly means and it can change the meaning to the whole sentance.
Thank you for the easy to understand Bible Study Helps and for expanding your blog to include the Bible Study and Word Study. I know how excited I get when I hear a word from the Bible explained by how it was used in the times being written about. I always write that definition in my Bible (if I am where I can) and when I read it again have a clearer understanding of the “Biblical” meaning. It’s like turning a light switch for me!!!
I love this blog and I want to thank you ladies for sharing it with all who read it!!
Thanks Sharon! We are really excited about the direction God is taking this blog! We hope and pray that our blog will enrich the lives of our readers. Mondays will provide a scripture to meditate on for the week. Wednesday will take a word from the scripture and go more in depth explaining it. Then on Friday the blog will tie it all together. Our hope is that this will provide a solid understanding in whatever area we are discussing for the week. We will be having guest authors post on Tuesdays as well as more give-a-ways and book reviews. We welcome suggestions and would love it if all our readers would share our posts on FB (as you already do), Twitter us on twitter and now Stumble us on StumbleOn!!!
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This is a great breakdown. I am currently working on helping my high school Bible students to better know how to study the Bible for themselves. You reminded me of some good tips and strategies. Thanks!
You are so welcome!! Great to hear feedback!