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.
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!?
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
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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.
Do you have favorite Bible study tips and methods?