The Bible has a wealth of wisdom and knowledge that’s waiting for us to unearth it. Here are some fun and easy strategies to make the most of your Bible study.
Begin your journey with an affirmation.
Spend a moment praying to God before you begin reading. This is a great opportunity for you to tell God how eager you are to learn how to better understand His words. While reading, you should make an offering to God for wisdom and knowledge as well as direction in how you can implement the principles in your own life. Requesting specific advice about what you should focus on while you read is an effective strategy. With the blessing Jesus Christ, amen. Jesus Christ, amen, end the sentence. This set the tone for a modest and flexible mindset while you study. It is also an excellent reminding you to remember that God has your back on this journey and will be there to help you with any confusion or questions.
Select a topic that is of interest to you.
Do not assume that you have to start at the beginning! Insisting on a subject or person that fascinates you is among the most effective ways to create Bible study more exciting. If, for instance, you want to understand more about Jesus, start reading Jesus’s gospel through the New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Choose a single subject, such as forgiveness or trials to focus on instead to help you understand the subject more in depth and make your studies more relatable.
Be sure to make it relevant
Pick a subject that resonates with you. This is a great way to increase the relevance and sensitivity to the Bible. Search for verses related to that topic and then carefully read them. In order to assist you, ChurchofJesusChrist.org also provides resources and suggested passages for typical topics. If you are able to comprehend the significance of the lessons and can relate them to your own circumstances, it will become easier to remember the scriptures you’re studying.
Discover a Character
Explore any information you can locate about a person you’ve chosen from the Bible. You will gain a greater comprehension of the verses in their context and the overall context of the Bible when you do this. Examine how the verses are connected to each other and how they came to become acquainted with Jesus and the things you share with them and what you can learn from them. You’ll be able to connect to the characters and get to know them better by doing this.
Note it down.
Keep a journal to note what you learn as you read. This will aid your memory, give you a tangible note of your travels and enable you to look back and gauge your progress. When you make the effort to record your experience you’re doing your part to show God the respect he deserves for the information you’re receiving.
Blend it up
Instead of reading the Bible, try listening to the Bible. It’s a great way to distract yourself and provide your brain with a break from the visual aspect of reading. On the Gospel Library mobile app and at ChurchofJesusChrist.org, you can discover recorded versions. Additionally, you can listen while exercising or driving, which could help you study more effectively.
Invite a friend to join you.
Study with your loved ones, your friends and even with missionaries. You’ll gain new insights and your learning will be more enjoyable as a result. Additionally, you will have the chance to ask questions and resolve any confusion. Sharing scriptures with particular meaning might spark interesting conversations and reveal new perspectives.
Find any terms or phrases that you are unable to comprehend if you stumble across them. There are a tonne of Bible students online who can help you. The understanding of the Bible will be better when you understand every word and phrase. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance or to look for study materials; doing this will help you completely comprehend the significance and context of the passages.
Take a Moment to Think
After studying for a while, take a moment to take a break and relax. You’ll be able to reflect on and evaluate what you’ve learnt in the process. It’s also an opportunity for you to consider how you may use lessons learned in your personal life. As you consider what you’ve learned, God might reveal new facts to you through the Holy Spirit. This can be a powerful tool to understanding.
Highlight or underline the verses that stick out to you.
One of the most efficient ways to remember what you’ve read can be to underline or highlight passages that stand out to you. You can make use of different colors or symbols to highlight different themes or ideas. This makes it easier to identify important passages of Scripture in the future, and will help you to see the connections between the verses which relate to the same topic. You can also write notes on the back of the page or on a separate notebook to think about your thoughts and to make connections with your own life.
Explore multiple translations of the Bible.
Different translations can help you to understand various nuances in the text. For instance, certain translations are more precise and formal and others are more idiomatic and dynamic. This can allow you to understand the meaning and text the Bible attempts to communicate. Also, reading different translations may help to discover different interpretations and gain a deeper understanding of each passage.
Utilize Bible study tools and resources.
There are numerous study tools , such as study bibles, commentaries and devotionals that will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the text. These resources can provide the historical context, the cultural background and alternative interpretations that can enrich your understanding. In addition, these tools can help you answer difficult questions and also provide explanations for certain passages. Use these tools when you study , and you’ll discover your study sessions to be more enlightening.
Pause for reflection on your own.
Make time at the end of each study session to think about how the passages you’ve read are applicable to your daily life. Reflect on any insights or lessons you’ve learned and think about how you could apply them to your daily life. Retrospectively reviewing what you learned will help you remember it better and it will also give you time to reflect on what you’ve read and think about ways you could implement it into your daily life.
Incorporate different learning styles.
We all learn differently, some of us are visual learners, a few people are auditory, some of us are learners of the kinesthetic sense. Utilizing different methods like drawing, writing, or acting out the verses you are learning can assist you to improve your understanding and retention of the passages. For example, if you are a visual student, you could draw the scenes in the Bible story, if you’re an auditory learner you could repeat the verses. If you’re a tactile learner you could act out the story.
Make use of Bible applications and other online sources.
There are many different apps and online resources that can help you to study the Bible. These resources can include devotionals, reading plans, along with audio-based versions of the Bible. This can be helpful especially when you’re always traveling and don’t have time to read the Bible. Additionally some of these resources can be adapted to your individual needs, meaning you will have an experience that is more customized to your needs.
Make sure you are consistent.
Make a schedule that you can stick to for your Bible study. The more regular you are in your studies and the more you’ll gain and the more meaningful your study will become. Just taking a few minutes each morning to go through a verse or two can be a significant improvement over the course of time. Choose a time and a place that you’ll be able be consistent in your study, and adhere to it. A routine can help you to stay focused, and will make it easier for you to incorporate Bible study in your daily routine. Keep in mind that consistency is the key!
Never give up
The process of learning about the Bible is a lifelong process. Whatever you comprehend, God values your efforts to study his word. If you feel as if you’re not understanding anything or if you don’t get the whole thing at once, try not to get disheartened. Keep in mind that God is around you all the time and would like you to know His word. The more you learn, the more you will understand and the more meaningful you will learn. Continue on, exercise patience and enjoy the journey!