Hey! So, I know that studying your Bible can be a bit confusing. There is so much good information that you just don’t know where to start. There are a few ways that I study my Bible that work great that I am going to be sharing with you! So, if you are someone who doesn’t know how to start, keep reading 🙂
Follow a Bible Study
The first method is to follow a Bible study. This is one that I typically do every day because it helps me be consistent and understand more of what I read. I follow the Blue Book Devotional that you can get HERE. This devotional is great because it has prayers, passages to read, quotes and other things to help you get into the word. It basically has a good basis for understanding God and His word. There are other Bible studies out there that simply tell you what passages to read or videos that you can follow along. Any of these Bible studies work great for a way to really understand what you read. Some Bible studies also have certain scripture to read for different situations (anxiety, sadness, etc) which I have found really helpful.
Read Each Book
Next you can read one book of the Bible. Right now, I am reading through all of John by reading one chapter a day. I wanted to learn more about the amazing things that Jesus did/does on earth. Just go through whatever book you want and highlight! I also challenge myself some months, like in December I read one chapter of Luke each day. It helped me to remember to read my Bible every day and wasn’t too overwhelming. Typically, everyday I combine my Bible study and reading through one chapter.
Bible journaling was a bit more chaotic for me, but it definitely helped me learn so much of what I was reading. Basically, I would find a passage or a chapter and then read all of the enduring word commentary on it. After that I would take notes in my Bible and decorate the page. This method is a bit more time consuming, but it really helps me learn a ton. I would always look forward to journaling in my Bible while also learning a lot of detail that I would have normally missed. I like to do this about once a week when I have a bit of extra time. If you have a harder time focusing or being motivated to read your Bible, I would definitely try this way that’s a bit more fun!
Beginning to End
If you want a straight forward way to study your Bible, simply read from the beginning to the end. Personally, I like to study each chapter more and skip around, but this works as well! I have used The Bible Study that you can get HERE, which is a one year study of the Bible. This doesn’t give you much commentary, but it has helpful information and some questions for you to answer while reading. It also gives you a guide on how much to read each week in order to get through the Bible in a year. I wouldn’t recommend a beginner to start by reading the whole Bible in order just because there are certain books that will be more helpful to read, but it is definitely a goal of mine and a great way to get into scripture.
Connect the Stories
The Bible can definitely be confusing! There are a lot of stories that are connected and include the same people. It can be difficult to connect the people, cities, events and everything else going on. Sometimes it is helpful to take a step back and study a bit of how the stories connect. My She Reads Truth Journaling Bible, that you can get HERE, actually lists verses that connect with the book you are about to read. I want to start to get into the habit of reading through connecting scripture in order to better understand what I’m about to read. This method will help you in understanding the Bible as a whole.
If you have any questions about studying the Bible or about anything else faith related I would be happy to answer them. Feel free to DM me on Instagram or leave me a comment! Also, I just posted a YouTube video that is right below this about things to do instead of going on social media if you want to check that out. Thank you for reading and for your support, I hope you have an amazing day! – Briana