Here are 5 Bible study tips that will help you dig even deeper into the Bible:
- Bible Study Tip 1: Use a Bible Reading Plan
With our busy work schedules and personal commitments, sometimes it’s hard to stay on track with your daily Bible reading. A scheduled plan can streamline and organize your Bible reading time. Use our FREE 2015 Printable Bible reading chart and join our 30-Day Bible Challenge to read the Word of God along with us.
- Bible Study Tip 2: Apply It!
Think about ways you can use the Bible reading in your life. As you do your Bible study, look for:
• An example to admire or avoid
• A command to obey
• A sin to confess
• A promise to embrace
- Bible Study Tip 3: Write in Your Bible
Write, highlight, and underline those passages and words that stand out during your Bible readings. It helps you get engaged with the Scripture, and research shows the actual act of physically writing something down helps to register the text. Surprise Bible study tip: Crayons can be your Bible’s best friend. They don’t bleed through the pages. They’re cheap. And you can use different colors for a color-coding system to help you emphasize certain ideas or words over others.
- Bible Study Tip 4: Listen to Learn
With the Bible on tape, CD and popular radio programs that feature Bible studies and sermons, you can hear God’s Word wherever you are. A popular and user-friendly audio Bible site is Bible Gateway’s, “The Listener’s Bible.”
- Bible Study Tip 5: Use your resources
If you haven’t already, invest in a concordance (or use one online—we like BlueLetterBible’s easy concordance tool). They locate all the occurrences of a word in the Bible to help with word studies and putting Bible verses in context.
Other Bible study tools include:
- Bible Software (Logos Bible Software, Then and Now Bible Maps, QuickVerse)
Bible Dictionaries (Holman Bible Dictionary, New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Zondervan Pictorial)
- Quick-Reference Pamphlets (Christianity, Cults and Religions; The Tabernacle; Feasts of the Bible; Armor of God)
- Bible Atlas and Timeline (Then and Now Deluxe Bible Maps, Bible Timeline Pamphlet,)
- Commentary (Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Zondervan Commentary, Matthew Henry’s Commentary)
- Bible Handbook (New Unger’s Bible Handbook, Holman’s Bible Handbook, Halley’s Bible Handbook)
- Topical Bible (Nave’s Topical Bible, Topical Analysis of the Bible)
Bible Websites (our top picks are here)
Creating even just a small library of Bible resources for your reference can help you gain deeper insight into what you’re reading. Try out one (or all) of our tips during your Bible study. Feel free to share them with your church, small group and friends!
Our 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge is an interactive and easy-to-follow plan to get you started on a lifelong habit of daily Bible reading. FREE 2015 Bible Reading Plan included. To join the challenge, simply comment “I Join!” below, and share this post to invite (and challenge) your friends, family, and church to join!
What are your thoughts on our Bible study tips? Do you have methods that are helpful for you on how to study the Bible? Please share your comments below.