4 Simple Bible Study Methods

4simplebiblestudytips_zpsb57d2a19

If you’ve followed the blog for long, you know that I love to study God’s Word. And I really love participating in structured, written Bible studies of all kinds. But can I just tell you that a girl needs to know God’s Word for herself? I enjoy reading and hearing what others learn from their Bible study and that encourages me a ton. But there’s nothing like reading and listening to what the Holy Spirit whispers to my heart personally. Here are 4 simple methods I use to study God’s Word that I thought you might enjoy on your own:

1. Read the passage in various translations. Sometimes a word will jump out at me in one translation that assists me in further understanding the verse. Our family owns several parallel translation Bibles that make it simple to read the same chapter or verses of different translations within a page or so.

2. Use online Bibles for easy searching and finding. Three of my favorites: YouVersion, BibleGateway, and BlueLetterBible.org. All three of these are FREE!

3. Organize your Bible reading.  Use a daily reading schedule; this site has some GREAT ones with a ton of variety. You could choose to read it through in a year.  Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, here is a 90 day schedule. You can even choose to have your Bible reading emailed to you here.

4. Learn how to use Bible study tools.  Commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances- what are they for and why are they important? A commentary will give you an opinion on the passage.  A dictionary will provide word definitions, and concordances will cross-reference passage for similarities of wording.

While these four methods have been gold to me for the past ten years or so, can I encourage you to not only read and study, but stop and listen?

Knowing about Jesus is wonderful,

but knowing Jesus is even more wonderful.

I’d love to see your simple Bible study tips in the comments below! You always have great ideas- so share them with us!

Have a terrific Tuesday!