Adapted from waterforthethirsty.com
When it comes to reading your Bible, how many times have you told yourself, “maybe later?” For many, a consistent Bible study routine is hard to maintain. We set out with our reading goals eager to get started. For whatever reason, we get distracted and it does not take long to fall off the wagon. Frustration takes over and we’re back where we started... not reading God’s word. How can we overcome this cycle? We have a checklist just for you. Whether you grew up studing your Bible or not. These tips apply for all.
Start at ANY time
Begin with today’s date and go from there. In a year from today you would have completed the circle and read the Bible in its entirety!
Focus on Today!
Miss a day or 2 or 3? Skip those days. Then later on in the week or on the weekend, if you have some free time, you can use that time to catch up.
Remember, it takes effort on your part
So plan accordingly. Develop a strategic approach. Wise treasure hunters are not random or haphazard. Set a time that works realistically and stick to it.
Keep in mind the purpose of the collection of writings: Revelation.
“God in his sovereign love has purposed to bring the sinful world of his fallen creation to the redeemed world of his new creation.” Christopher Wright
We do ourselves a serious injustice by reading bits and pieces of the Bible in isolation. A comprehensive study is truly the most effective way to understand and appreciate the depth of the Father’s ‘sovereign love’ for us.
Change your perspective
From: Simply reading / studying the Bible
To: Spending alone time every day with the God I love.
What are you looking for? -- S.O.A.P.
Observation: e.g. Evidence of God’s love…
Application: 2 Tim 3:16 - Believe. Stop doing. Do Better. Start doing.
How clear is the text?
Versions matter. Pick a suitable version. Study Bibles help too.
Pens, paper, highlighters. Keep a log. Memorize.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
That’s how we learn. Caution: Not everyone is equipped to answer your questions. Choose wisely and don’t just take anyone’s word for it. Check what they say against the Word for yourself.
Partner & Group
Jesus did not send his disciples out solo. Make use of / create a forum for dialogue and the exchange of perspectives.
Share what you find
Testify. Witness. Teaching others all the things He commanded (The Great Commission) is the
best way to learn and remember. #beststuffintheworldtodaycafe.