Dear Pastor Andy, I study books and scripts, etc., but I don’t actually study the book though and I have to admit, I’m intimidated. Where do I start? Thank you!
There are many great ways of studying the Bible, and many formats. This is the way that I learned from my mentor when I first began to study the Bible, plus some additions that I’ve added over the years, and you’re free to use this method, also:
Before you begin, you will need 3 things: a Bible, something to write with, and a notebook.
- Before you begin, pray for guidance and understanding in your study. I also like to do this because I see it as a means of inviting God into my study time, and asking Him to speak to me as I read.
- Next, read only 1 chapter per day. When I began reading the Bible, my mentor insisted on this. I didn’t understand at first, and one time, because I was getting so much into it, I read 3 chapters. So when I saw him next, and he asked me about the first chapter in that series, I couldn’t tell him what I’d learned because I had all three on my mind. Studying only one chapter per day allows us to meditate on a little bit at a time each day, allowing it to dig deeper into our minds, which also helps us understand more of what’s going on.
- Start off by outlining the chapter as you read it. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but I find that I learn better when I write stuff down. If that’s not the case with you, then instead, highlight or underline the verses that stand out to you and write down in the notebook why they do.
- Pray for help in applying what you’ve learned.
If you’d like to dig deeper, you may also research by looking into commentaries, asking your Pastor, or looking it up on my other website (currently under some construction, but still accessible), which offers an excellent amount of Bible studies, notes, links, etc. to help you to dig deeper in getting to know God through Jesus Christ and His Word.
Also, check out the different Bible Study Formats that I’ve posted.