Two weeks ago, I gave you some practical steps that i believe are necessary in every christian’s walk. In the Mondays that follow, we will be diving into each step with a little more detail. Last week we spoke about prayer and this week, we’re going to discuss how we can study the Bible with confidence. Initially, I want to clarify that there are 2 ways to approach the Bible:
In my opinion, both approaches are extremely important and necessary but at first glance, you may be asking- what’s the difference? Well, reading the Bible should be a part of our daily lives but realistically, we might not have the time everyday to look into every detail of every verse. With your daily Bible reading, I suggest reading with a note pad on hand and writing down anything you might not understand and go back to it at a later date. Along with taking some notes, I also recommend writing some verses down that speak to you. Sometimes, until we write something down, we don't catch similarities in the text and when we write things down, sometimes it’s also easier to memorize it. I think it’s also important to pick a reliable Bible translation. I personally use the ESV. For regular daily Bible reading, I know it could be hard to figure out where to start. I think 90% of us start at Genesis at one point in time and eventually stop reading at Leviticus. Don’t be discouraged, approach God’s word with prayer and pray that God opens your understanding. In order to stay focused and organized, I suggest using a daily Bible reading plan like The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan to get through the entire Bible in a year. If you don’t know what that is, you can google it and there is a chart that you can print out for guidance.
What about Bible Study?
Now that you found a daily Bible reading plan, there are some portions of scripture that you might want to spend additional time studying more intimately. I find it helpful to use a study Bible. Like i said before, I use the ESV Study Bible and reading the introduction to each chapter is super helpful when trying to understand the context of each book. There are also footnotes that are helpful for more complicated verses. Along with a study bible, I also use a commentary for in depth Bible studies. I suggest reading more than one commentary so that you can receive unbiased information and make a decision with prayer. I know studying the Bible can be hard at times, but we are here for you! Don’t forget, studying scripture is something you do not always want to do alone. Seeking mentorship is very important. Pick a friend at church and read through a book of the Bible together. This is my approach to reading and studying scripture, I hope you start today on this glorious Monday!!
Yours in Christ,