The goal for most Christians is to grow in Christ. To do this, they must learn the most effective ways to study the Bible. Although may Bible studies focus on significant events, such as end time events, others focus on people in the Bible, such as Paul and David, or biblical concepts, such as faith and love.
Choose a Topic
There is no right or wrong place to start studying your Bible. The type of study you choose should be based on where you are in your Christian walk. For example, those who are new to the Christian faith may not begin by studying prophesy, but they may begin by learning about God’s love, prayer or growing their relationship with God. Where you are will determine what you learn first.
Schedule Your Study
You will likely find it difficult to just fit your Bible lessons into your day. There is always something else that you may “need” to get done. Instead, set aside specific periods of time to study your Bible. For example, you may get involved with a study group that meets once per week. If you are doing personal study, consider setting aside 10-30 minutes each day. Scheduling your time will make the commitment real.
Whether you are doing a specific Bible study with workbooks, books and other materials, or you are searching the Bible to learn about a topic of choice, you need to have your materials ready. Every day, they should be in your study area, ready to be opened and explored. If you need a computer, tablet or concordance to search for verses on specific topics, make sure they are available. Also, include a good Bible dictionary. Don’t forget to add a pen and paper to write down your notes or references.
God should be your first stop when choosing a Bible study. Ask Him for direction and guidance through prayer. Don’t forget to pray at the start of each study period.
Bible studies are great ways to learn more about God, the Bible and your Christian walk. Consider starting one today.