We all want to get more out of Bible study. Here are 10 ways to do just that!
Scripture describes God as the personification of wisdom. Wisdom He invites us to claim. Ask God to be with you as you begin your Bible study. Continue praying throughout. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” Proverbs 2:6 ESV “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 ESV
2. Create a goal.
You chose this Bible study for a reason. Write a one or two sentence measurable goal for your Bible study journey. For instance, Learn more about God, is a wonderful goal, but how do you know if you have accomplished this goal? Instead, a goal could be, learn three new truths about God’s character. Some Bible studies list their objectives in the description or introduction, skimming theses areas can help you hone in your goal. Having a goal helps you keep focused.
3. Use fresh eyes.
David and Goliath, Joseph in Egypt, Jonah, Moses, Mary and Joseph, Pentecost, and etc. I imagine these stories are very familiar. Though you may know these stories, resist the urge to skip them when they come up in Bible study. Fresh eyes, new life experiences, and the Bible study leader’s perspective can breathe fresh life to a passage you already “know.” God’s Word is living and active, and while His Word never changes, our understanding of it does.
4. Commit Scripture to memory.
If your Bible study provides a verse for memorization, then do what you can to hide the verse in your heart. Why? This opens the door for God to work in your heart with His Word. Let it marinate and lead you active changes in your life. Another benefit, have you ever had a friend in need and you just couldn’t think of an encouraging verse to share? Committing verses to memory equips you to comfort others. Here are 12 Tips for Memorizing Scripture and #VerseMapping to dig in deep.
5. Join a community.
If you have a knack for leaving things unfinished, invite a friend or family member to join you in Bible study. This still applies if you are joining a corporate Bible study at church or even online. Having someone to go over the study with you is a valuable way to stay on track.
6. Ask questions.
Plain and simple. When you have a question, phone a knowledgeable friend, Bible study teacher, or even your Pastor! Your Pastor would probably be thrilled to have an opportunity to help you study God’s Word! There are Bible study sites which provide biblical commentary resources for free such as BibleStudyTools and BibleGateway.
7. Go back to the beginning.
I don’t mean the beginning of your study, but examining Bible passages in different translations or the original Greek and Hebrew (BlueLetterBible). Reading different translations can shed new light on a passage that may seem confusing. If you are still confused, even after reading different translations, try reading the verse or passage in context. When all else fails, go back to number six.
Whether you write your answers in a workbook, blog your thoughts, share your insights on social media, or grab a pretty journal with purple pens, get your reactions down. A new popular way of expressing what we’ve learned is through Bible Journaling and coloring pages. Whatever you prefer, process what God is teaching you so that you can discover how God desires you to apply His Word in your life.
Once you have completed your Bible study, go back to your goals. Did you reach your goals? Discover new goals along the way? Now, what? Now that your study is over, what do you feel God is leading you to learn next? Perhaps God is leading you to action, a change to be made in your life.
10. Thank the teacher.
This doesn’t really help you learn anything, but thanking your teacher or the Bible study author encourages them in the ministry God has entrusted them. Plus it’s nice and your star in heaven will shine brighter when you do.
There you have it! 10 ways to get more out of your Bible study. What would you add to this list?