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Know So You Can Grow: Bible Study Tips and Methods

Do you read the Bible or study the Bible?

That’s not meant to be a condemning question. Just a thought provoking one. And there’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer.

Unless, of course, you said, “no.” If you’re a Christian but you aren’t interested in knowing the Word of God, that’s a problem.

 

Know the bible so you can grow in Christ. Encouragement for both experienced and new Christians in this collection of Bible study tips and methods.

 

But as to whether you read or study, well . . .

Life is a series of seasons. Different seasons call for different approaches to Scripture intake.

What’s important is that no matter what season you’re growing through, you are soaking up the Word of God. And that as you soak it up, you grow.

That’s why you read the Bible, right?

Not for knowledge only, for knowledge will simply “puff you up” (1 Corinthians 8:1)

You must know Scripture so you can know God. And knowing God should grow you. Should change you. Make you more like your Savior. You shouldn’t be the same person after you absorb a portion of Scripture than you were before you took it in.

Sometimes, my Bible study looks like I’m writing a research paper! Other times, I appear to be stuck in a rut as I re-read the same passage over and over. Usually, I’m practicing one these options for meditating on Scripture.

We all absorb information in different ways. We experience a variety of seasons, fluctuating patterns of growth. So it makes sense that there are a multitude of ways to read and study Scripture. To get to know the God who has made and remade us.

 

Bible Study Tips and Methods

Since we all experience struggles, questions, roadblocks and laziness from time to time, let’s start with some Bible study tips. 

 

How to Read the Bible When You Don’t Know Where to Start | Alison Tiemeyer – been out of the “Bible reading loop” for a while? It’s really not had to jump back in

How to Choose a Time for Bible Study | Simple Home Blessings – you DO have time (and it doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning!); practical ways to determine your best time

How To Be Spiritually Fit | Cord of 6 – here’s a little encouragement to increase the level of discipline you invest in Bible study

Is Bible Reading Just a Check on Your To Do List? | Path Through the Narrow Gate – honest encouragement and a printable list of thought-provoking questions

12 “Dos and Don’ts” of Effective Bible Study | Satisfaction Through Christ – important concepts to remember as you get ready to dig in

7 Practical Bible Study Tips for the Easily Distracted | The Unabashed Life – need I say more!?

 

Know the bible so you can grow in Christ. Encouragement for both experienced and new Christians in this collection of Bible study tips and methods.

 

A Sample of Bible Study Methods

 

Inductive Bible Study | Lynnae McCoy – written to help you teach this method to another, but it will show you too

P.R.A.I.S.E. | Starla Jiminez – an acronym that starts your study with prayer; includes free bookmarks to print

R.E.S.T. | Kaylene Yoder – four phases to guide you through in-depth Scripture study of any subject

Simple Bible Study for Busy Homemakers | Young Wife’s Guide – how to get a lot out of a whole book of the Bible

Spiritual Journaling | Faith Spilling Over – not a Bible study method but still some good suggestions for meditating on what God’s teaching you

Verse Mapping | Arabah Joy – verse mapping can help you dissect a verse or passage of Scripture to understand and clarify the truths it contains

4 Steps to a Topical Bible Study | by Devoted to Maker at Arabah Joy – how to investigate a specific topic or word in Scripture

5 ‘W’s of Bible Study | One Thing Alone – discover how what you’re reading fits into the “big story” of Scripture

 

Would you rather have someone walk you step-by-step through some Bible study methods?The following course, Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days, for you! (affiliate link)

Arabah Joy has years of experience helping people on multiple continents learn to study the Bible for themselves. Her excitement for God and His Word is contagious. This course is well worth the investment for both new and seasoned Bible studiers!

Step-by-step explanation, instruction and worksheets for 7 different Bible study methods.

 

Whatever method of bible study you choose, don’t absorb knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Ingest the Word of God to know your Savior. The more you know Him, the more you will become like Him.

 

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Do you have favorite Bible study tips and methods?

 

Shared at: Grace & Truth, Thoughtful Thursday,

Comments

  1. bekalynn02 says:

    Wow! Thank you for this great resource! I love what you said about there being different seasons in reading the Bible and growth. You are right, no matter what season we need to be in the word, whether we feel like it or not or think it is affecting us; it is!! It is so powerful and it is life to our souls!

    • Yes, life and health to our souls. When so much threatens to “kill and destroy,” the Word of God is living and gives life. And can help us embrace God through each season He leads us to.

  2. Kathryn Shirey says:

    What a fantastic collection of Bible study tools and techniques!

  3. I love the list of methods! What a wonderful post! “And knowing God should grow you.” It’s so easy to stagnate in our relationship with the Lord. Being in His word helps us grow incredible roots and depth of relationship. Can’t wait to review some of these methods again next season or next time I want to change my study time up!

    • Sure is easy to put our Bible reading or study on auto-pilot and neglect to invest effort and thought into it. I love that so many women are encouraging each other to avoid that trap.

  4. Great post and collection! Checking them out!
    #Grace&Truth

  5. I’m featuring this post in the Grace and Truth link up on Friday! <3

  6. Oh thank you so much for mention my study method and my blog!

  7. littleheart101 says:

    What a great post! So many good resources in one place, and all for the purpose of pointing others toward time in God’s Word to know Him. I will be sharing this. And your images are beautiful 🙂

  8. Abi, this is such a great resource to have all these tips in one place. I’m pinning this now to my Bible and Spiritual Disciplines boards. Thank you so much for pulling this all together and sharing your wisdom with us.
    Blessings!
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

  9. Such a great post! Something for everyone regardless of the spiritual stage of life. Sharing!

    • Thank you, Leah. It’s amazing that God’s Word is accessible to everyone regardless of their spiritual stage. A treasure to be dug into over and over.

  10. This list is amazing. I’ll be sharing it everywhere multiple times. What a fantastic collection and idea!

    • Thank you, Christi! I do hope many will be encouraged by the different perspectives and methods. God is so good to give us the opportunity to know Him through His written Word.

  11. So many great links. I love that you are leading people towards time alone with God. Pinning this!

  12. Oh wow! Thank you so much for sharing the R.E.S.T. Method, Abi. What a wonderful surprise! All of these come from wonderful sources. Praying this list and all the tips will bless many.

  13. LOVE this list you came up. Thanks so much for sharing my blog post 😀

    • Absolutely, Jami! I’m thankful that there are many women online here encouraging one another to pursue the most important relationship we have. I appreciate the simplicity of repetitive reading for increasing knowledge of Scripture and lodging the truths in my heart.

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