How to Make Your Bible Study
More Interesting and Helpful
It is hard to find time to study the Bible–or even want to– when we don’t find it interesting or helpful to us. Let me make some suggestions that may help.
A Plan – Set aside some time (each day, if possible) to study the Bible on your own. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
A Pattern – Follow a definite pattern. This will give your study some direction and help you accomplish your goals. Let me recommend this pattern.
- Read the text carefully.
- Note divisions and parts (make an analysis).
- Study anything unknown or not understood.
- Consult Parallel passages.
- Consult good study helps (such as dictionary, Bible dictionary, concordances, etc.).
- Make any helpful notes about what you learned.
A Prayer – Pray about what you have studied and learned, and ask God to guide you with wisdom (James 1:5ff).
A Personal Application – Consider what has been read or studied inlight of your own life. Look for applications and make the message personal. This is the only way to grow (2 Peter 3:18).
A Preparation – Now, begin to prepare to share what you have learned with others (2 Timothy 2:2). Happy studying!