Lisa Harper Bible Studies
The Bible contains a wealth of knowledge and insight that is just waiting for us to discover it. Here are a few enjoyable and simple strategies for making the most out of every moment of your Bible study.
Start your journey by saying an affirmation.
Spend a moment praying to God before you begin reading. This is a wonderful chance for you to express to God how eager you are to discover how to better understand His words. While reading, make an offering to God for wisdom and understanding as well as direction in how you can implement the principles in your own life. Inquiring for specific guidance about what you should focus on while you read is a smart idea. With the blessing Jesus Christ, amen. Jesus Christ, amen, close the sentence. This sets the stage for a humble and open-minded approach to studying. It is also an excellent reminder of the fact that God is with you throughout this trip and is ready to assist you in any doubts or questions.
Choose a subject of interest
Don’t assume that you must begin at the beginning! Insisting on a subject or person that fascinates you is one of the finest ways to create Bible study more exciting. For example, if you are looking to learn more about Jesus, start reading Jesus’s gospel through the New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Choose a single topic, like forgiveness or trials, to focus on instead; this will help you relate to the subject more in depth and make your studies more relatable.
Make it pertinent
Pick a subject that is a favorite of yours. This is a great way to increase the relevance and intimacy in the Bible. Look up verses on that subject and carefully read them. In order to assist you, ChurchofJesusChrist.org also provides resources and suggested passages for typical topics. When you can understand the importance of the lessons and can relate them to your own circumstances, it will become easier to remember the passages you’ve been studying.
Discover a Character
Explore any information you can locate about the person you’ve selected from the Bible. You’ll gain more comprehension of the verses in their context and of the larger context of the Bible when you do this. Consider how they are related to each other and how they came to be acquainted with Jesus, the things you share with them and what you can be able to learn from their stories. You’ll be able relate to and understand the characters better by doing this.
Keep it in mind.
Note in a journal what you learn while reading. This will aid in your memory, provide you with a tangible document of your journey and enable you to look back and gauge the progress you have made. If you take the time to record your experience you’re giving God the respect he merits for the information you’re receiving.
Blend it up
Instead of reading the Bible Try listening to it. It’s a great method to break up boredom and give your mind a break from the visual aspect of reading. On the Gospel Library mobile app and at ChurchofJesusChrist.org, you can discover recorded versions. You can also listen while working out or driving, which could aid in studying more efficiently.
Invite a friend to join you.
You can study with your loved ones as well as your peers as well as missionaries. You’ll gain fresh insights and the learning will be more fun as a result. Additionally, you will have the chance for questions to resolve any confusion. Sharing scriptures with special meaning with one another could spark lively discussions and provide fresh perspectives.
Search for any words or phrases you are unable to comprehend if you happen to stumble upon them. There are tons of Bible students online who can help you. The understanding of the Bible will be better If you can comprehend each term and sentence. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance or to look for resources to study; doing this will help you completely comprehend the significance and setting of the verses.
Take a Moment to Think
After you’ve finished your study after completing your work, take a few minutes to unwind and focus. It will give you more time to reflect on and evaluate the lessons you’ve learned as a result. It’s also a chance for you to consider how you may use lessons learned in your personal life. While you think about the lessons you’ve learned God could reveal fresh information to you by the Holy Spirit; this can be a potent tool for understanding.
Highlight or underline the verses that stand out to you.
One of the best ways to remember the information you’ve read can be to underline or highlight verses that stick out to you. It is possible to use different colors or symbols in order to indicate different themes or insights. This will make it easier to find significant verses to read in the near future, and also help you to see the connections between the verses which relate to the same topic. Additionally, you can write notes on the back of the page, or in an additional notebook in order to take notes and draw connections to your life.
Read multiple translations of the Bible.
Reading different translations can assist you in understanding distinct nuances in the text. Some translations are more formal and precise in comparison to others that are more lively and idiomatic. This can help you to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the text and what the Bible is trying to convey. Also, reading different translations may help to catch different interpretations, and gain more understanding from every verse.
Make use of Bible Study tools as well as resources.
There are many different tools for studying such as commentaries, study bibles and devotionals that will aid you in gaining an understanding of the passage. These tools can offer the historical context, the cultural background and alternate interpretations that could help you in your studies. In addition, these tools can offer answers to complex questions, and provide an explanation for specific passages. Use these tools when you study , and you’ll discover your studies to be more enlightening.
Pause for reflection on your own.
Take some time after each study session to think about how the passages you’ve read apply to your life. Think about any ideas or lessons you’ve gained, and think about how you could incorporate them into your everyday life. Retrospectively reviewing the material you’ve read can help you remember it better and it also gives you time to reflect on what you’ve read and think about how you can apply it in your life.
Incorporate different learning styles.
Everyone learns differently, some of us are visual learners, while some of us are auditory learners, some of us are Kinesthetic learners. Combining different methods, such as drawing writing, writing, or acting out the passages you’re reading can allow you better comprehend and remember the verses. For instance, if you are a visual student, you can draw the scenes of the Bible or a story. If you are an auditory learner you could recite the verses, if you are a kinesthetic learner you could act out the story.
Make use of Bible apps and online resources.
There are a variety of apps and online resources which can assist you in your study the Bible. These resources can include reading plans, devotionals along with audio-based versions that are based on the Bible. This can be extremely helpful if you are always in a hurry, and don’t have the time to sit down and go through the Bible. In addition, many of these resources can be customized to meet your individual needs, meaning you can have an experience that is more customized to your needs.
Set a schedule for your Bible study. The more consistent you are in your study, the more you’ll learn and the more meaningful your studies will be. By taking a couple of minutes each morning to go through a passage or two can have a huge impact in the course of time. Choose a time and a place where you’ll be able to keep studying regularly, and then stick to it. By having a schedule, it will keep you focused, and will make it easier for you to incorporate Bible study into your routine. Be consistent!
Never give up
The process of learning about the Bible can take a lifetime. Whatever you comprehend, God values your efforts to learn about his Word. If you’re feeling like you’re not getting it right or you’re not getting it all right immediately do not get discouraged. Remember that God is around you at all times and would like you to know His word. The more you study, the more you will understand and the more relevant you will learn. Be patient, keep going and enjoy the journey!