The Best Online Bible Study for women

Have you ever wanted to attend an online Bible study? Is so, this post is perfect for you. In this post, I share the best online Bible study for women of all ages. I share with you the advantages and things to consider. Continue to read as I share The Best online Bible study for women.

I have been attending a weekly, in-person, women’s bible study since I was in University. I loved each study and learned the importance of women reading God’s word together. Then, 2020 came and changed all our lives and showed me what was possible for online bible study ministry. 

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My inspiration for online Bible Study 

January 2020 started with our Bible study starting a new book study. We were excited to dig in and see what The Lord was going to teach us. A friend and I planned, organized and implemented different tasks for the Thursday Morning Lady’s Bible study. 

Our goal was to stretch women through service and Bible study. We encouraged participation by having small groups and lots of time to pray and discuss what we had learned that day in study. We were thrilled with how God was using the time and was happy to watch Him move every week. 

By the time March came, we were all in a groove and enjoying our time together. 

As March continued, we watched as COVID spread across the world and country after country shut down. Everything stopped. We suddenly couldn’t meet in person and rushed to find a different way to have Bible study. 

We decided it wasn’t safe to meet in person and the groups who could meet online. That is when online Bible study started for me. 

I had experienced nothing like that before. At first, I didn’t like it. I was trying to juggle 3 kids being home while orchestrating their distance learning. They each had several meetings a day and not at the same time. While all of this was going on, we met online. 

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Usually, this time on a Thursday morning was holy for me. That is where I met God and learned so much about Him. It was uninterrupted time praying, fellowship, and learning about God. Losing that was hard. I suddenly had to share my time, leave portions of the study and was constantly distracted. I was convinced that online study could not work. 

At the same time, my Sunday night Bible study group suspended in-person meetings and started meeting over ZOOM. We placed the children in front of the TV and could have our study uninterrupted. 

This time together online differed from the first. Our children were not interrupting us and I felt like I was still experiencing the same connection we had built in-person. 

Since these two experiences weren’t the same, I reflected on the differences between the two. The answer was quick in coming. In one, I had a million things going on, in the other I was focused.

I now knew that online Bible study did work and could be very beneficial.  

Going through this process convinced me I could create and start an online Bible study of my own.

Since that revelation, I have created and launched my very own online Bible study. It is called: The Christian Growth Hub.

What is: The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is a unique online bible study experience for women who desire to grow in their understanding of The Bible and deepen their relationship with our saviour. 

The Christian Growth Hub Community provides a variety of materials for women in every stage of life and all levels of time commitments. 

We help you pinpoint your barriers and help you tear them down so you can have an ongoing and consistent relationship with God.

My goal is to help women have a consistent and abundant relationship with God by providing weekly bible reading plans accompanied with a workbook, weekly online teaching, and an online community of like-minded Christian women.

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My barriers to consistent Bible Study

As a mother of 3, my life is busy. I spend my days cleaning, cooking, shopping, driving to appointments, blogging, creating products and much more. Some days, it seems like there isn’t enough time to get everything done, let alone add in some Bible Study time. It just felt like too much. 

I have been a Christian for many years and I have always struggled with having a consistent walk with God. 

Some barriers I faced included:  

  • Lack of accountability and motivation
  • Distraction from my kids, my schedule, and just life in general
  • Not knowing what to study or how to study the Bible
  • Not being able to make a plan and stick to it

I’m sure you can relate to some of this. 

God helped me overcome these barriers through participating in weekly bible study. 

7 ways an online Bible study can help you

1. Provides accountability

When you set a goal, the best way to guarantee success is by having some accountability. 

According to this Forbes article, accountability “is probably the single most important element fueling truly successful organizations.”

Since accountability is the biggest part of success, I have incorporated it into the online Bible Study. Being part of the Digging Deeper Christian Community gives you access to 3 types of accountability. 

  1. Track your own progress: This is exactly what it sounds like. You have a tracking sheet that shows the month and the date. The days you read your bible, you tick the box and the days you miss — you don’t tick the box. Over time, you can see patterns of what days you read The Bible and days you don’t. This tracker is not meant to judge you. If you are using a tracker and see the missed days and feel like a failure, then this is not the best tool for you. A tracker is a visual reminder of the days you have done something and the days you haven’t. 
  2. Receive reminder notices: Another way to be held accountable is to set yourself daily reminders. I have a google phone, so I create a daily event called Bible study. As the event gets closer, I get a reminder on my lock screen. Having that daily reminder helps me remember I want to study, and I have created the time for it. 
  3. Connect to an accountability partner: An accountability partner is someone who will ask you how your Bible study is going. They will ask what you are learning and how you are feeling about the process. You would both decide on a time and “schedule” you want to keep encouraging each other. Each pair of accountability partners will have a distinct set of “rules”. You want to make sure you are feeling encouraged and not pestered. 

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2. Limits distractions

One of the biggest pitfalls of Bible study is being distracted. Being part of The Christian Growth Hub will help minimize distractions in 3 ways

  1. Gives you a set reading plan: If you are like me, you want to read The Bible, but when you sit down- you have no clue where to start. You spend 5-10 minutes thinking about what you are going to read. By the time you have finally decided- your time has been eaten up and you don’t have time for much else. As a member of the community, you will have access to a weekly reading plan so you don’t have to waste time thinking about what you are going to read. 
  2. Offers a dedicated hour of teaching: One way to fight distraction is to have a set time of the week where you are connected with others in Bible Study. Every Thursday afternoon, at 1 pm mountain time, I go live in our private Facebook group to share with you what The Lord has been teaching me. This dedicated teaching time helps minimize distraction by engaging you online through participating in the study. You can watch live or catch the replay. 
  3.  Provides weekly workbooks: For each week of study, there is a 10-15 page workbook. Using a workbook decreases your distractions by providing a verse of the week, 5-6 days of scriptures and guiding questions. Following the workbook keeps you on track and your mind focused. If you get distracted by what’s going on around you, just jump right back into the workbook and start where you left off. Completion of the workbook is all self-passed and should take 15 minutes or less 5-6 days a week. 

3. Provides you with a concrete plan

I am passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with God. I want to see you grow in your faith and understanding. Through prayer and meditation, I created a plan to help women grow in their faith. The plan includes following a specific Bible study path that follows the inductive bible study method. I have created the membership in a way to give you access to one study at a time. This was created with the intention of women to follow the Bible study path 1 lesson a week. 

For example: Once you have become a member, you can go to the membership menus and see that there are modules ready for you to jump into one. The first module is a quick introduction to the membership, showing you all the parts of the membership. The next module is the first study- Who am I in Christ? This study includes 10 lessons- An introduction lesson, a conclusion lesson, and 8 Bible study lessons. Eight weeks after starting your study, the next study will unlock. 

I chose this format to make the learning path clear and cut out all the clutter. I provide simple steps for Bible study. I do this by unlocking one bible study at a time. I could easily publish all the studies at once. But doing that would make you feel overwhelmed. 

Providing you with one study at a time gives you a concrete plan to follow and cuts out all the distractions and worry about what you’re studying next. 

4. Provides you with specific Direction

Over the years, I have been part of many groups and programs. One thing I don’t like is when I’m purchasing a product and being left alone to figure out how to use it. 

Since that’s something I don’t like, I do my best to give you simple directions. I do this in 3 ways. 

  1. Weekly emails: every week I email members with reminders of what week they are studying and steps they can take that week to be engaged. 
  2. Facebook Guides: I want to create a space for engagement and growth. To facilitate that, I have created a guide for each week of the study. It includes the key verse for that day and then a few questions from the workbook. 
  3. Videos: I am a visual learner, so I publish videos to show you different parts of the membership and how to use them. 

I created each of these methods to facilitate spiritual growth and discussion. 

5. Creates a safe place 

Have you ever been part of a Facebook group where people call each other names and tear people down? I think we all have. 

I have a zero tolerance for bullying and hate speech in the online Bible study group. 

I want to create a space where people can share their thoughts, prayers, and praise without the worry of being condemned or made fun of. If that should ever happen, I have an action plan ready to implement. 

6. Gives you support and wisdom 

I have been a Christian for a long time. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that we are not meant to travel alone. God calls us to connection and wants us to build community with other Christians. My goal with The Christian Growth Hub is to support women in their walk with God and their everyday life. I do this by posting daily promos in the Facebook group and sharing wisdom through weekly teaching and other events or content I create. 

The best part of being part of an online bible study is that you won’t just be hearing from me. You will also see what other women are learning by reading the comments and engaging in the Facebook group. 

7. Facilitates Connection

Being part of The Christian Growth Hub means that you will have access to a premium Facebook Group. In this group, you can connect with like-minded Christian women. You can connect with others by posting a prayer request, praying for others, asking for guidance and advice, and so much more. 

The more engaged you are in the group, the faster relationships will grow and the more connected you will feel. 

A call to obedience

For many years, I knew God was calling me to write and use my gifts of teaching and leadership for Him. 

It took me a long time to find a space where I felt comfortable doing that regularly. 

Because of COVID, I could no longer meet together with my weekly Bible Study group. I missed the time so much that I started thinking about ways I can continue to connect to Christian Women regardless of what was going on in the world. That is when The Lord gave me the idea of an online community. 

My dream is that women would find a safe place to grow, share and discover what a marvellous God we have. 

I want to see women develop a consistent bible reading time and learn how to apply The Bible to their lives. I want to help women discover their spiritual gifts and give them opportunities to use them. 

I have many dreams for this community, and I can’t wait to see what God does with this. 

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9 Effective Bible Study Methods

The Bible is unlike any other Book. The Bible was written by men, throughout hundreds of years, who were inspired by God. It’s tempting to approach The Bible like any other book and just read it for entertainment and knowledge. Even though the Bible is full of wisdom, it had a larger purpose. The Bible is God’s word to us. It is His way of communicating with us. To understand what God is saying, I encourage you to use these 9 effective Bible study methods.

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9 Effective Bible Study Methods

1. Verse Mapping

Verse mapping is a Bible study method used by breaking down a verse and visually arranging the components of that verse. 

Creating a verse diagram helps highlight the verse structure. It also identifies verse fragments and represents the order of the verse and how it connects to verses before and after. 

To identify fragments: Diagramming helps identify fragments or portions of a verse. This would include identifying who is talking, who is the author talking to, what they are saying. 

To establish word order: A verse diagram displays the different parts of the verse in order of thought, or idea and provides a way to link those different parts to others. 

Click here to learn 7 simple steps to verse mapping.

2. Inductive Bible Study Method

Inductive Bible study methods all work around the same framework. First, you read and observe the text, then interpret the text, and finally apply the text to your life.

There are several methods you can use to do this, but the most popular ones are;  

  1. P.R.A.Y Method: Pray, Read, Apply, and Yield.  
  2. Soap Method: Scripture, Observation, application, Prayer
  3. Sword Method: Tell the Bible story, read the story, ask Holy Spirit to help you understand, and ask the questions

3. Character study

A character study is when you pick one person from The Bible and study their life. 

  • You start by finding all the scriptures they are mentioned in. 
  • Then, you read all the verses you have found and make observations about what is written. You do this by looking at key characteristics, actions, and lessons they may have learned. 
  • Then you can see if they have characteristics that reflect Christ, or not. 
  • You can then consider the lessons they learned in their life and see if you can learn from them. 

Character studies are a fun way of seeing how God uses people to accomplish His will. 

Over and over, you will see how people are flawed and yet God still uses them for His glory.

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4. Verse study

One of my favourite ways to study is to look at scripture one verse at a time. This can be tedious, so I tend to do this for portions of scripture and not the whole Bible. 

For example, I pick the first 2-3 verses from each epistle. Paul wrote many of them. When you focus on his introductions, you will see many similarities. 

By studying individual verses, you can gain insight into words you may not understand. You can also start seeing connecting words and sword flow. 

5. Chapter study 

A chapter study is an extension of a verse study. Instead of picking just one verse, you pick an entire chapter. 

Picking chapters to study is a good way to understand how verses connect to each other. 

To really understand what a chapter includes is by finding a keyword or a key thought. 

These keywords/thoughts are the main points that everything else flows from. 

In my youth, I spent too much time worrying about the right answer to these keywords. I thought that there was only one answer and stressed about whether I got it right. 

This type of thinking is a waste of time. We each read the Bible from our own viewpoint. Depending on what is going on in your world- one word may jump out at you- but won’t for anyone else. 

Instead of worrying if you have the “right” answer- focus on Christ and what He is trying to teach you. That way, no matter what keyword you pick- it will be the right one because God brought you there. 

6. Book Study

A book study is when you study an entire book. There are 66 books in The Bible and each one can be studied individually. 

To start a book study, the first step is reading the book. You can do this in one sitting (with smaller books), or you can break down your reading into a couple of days. 

Once you have read the book at least once, you can then make an outline of the book. 

Most study Bibles come with an outline. But remember that Bible manuscripts were not written with chapters and verses. Those were added later on to help people find specific portions of scripture. 

So a man created the outlines you see. There is no reason you have to agree with their outline and you can create your own. 

Creating outlines for a book helps you remember what the book is about and what the primary message is. 

You can also go deeper into your study by understanding who wrote the book and when the book took place in historical order. 

The Bible is not written in chronological order. So it’s good to read a book and understand when these events were taking place. 

For example:

The book of Ruth took place at the same time as certain portions of Judges. 

I didn’t know that for a long time and that connection became very meaningful for me. 

If you have ever read the book of Judges, you know that it’s dark. There are many perverted stories that share just how dark the world was. Then, you read Ruth- a beautiful book about redemption. 

Knowing that the Book of Ruth was written at the same time as Judges gives me so much hope. No matter how dark the world is- there is always this beautiful story of redemption going on that we may not see. 

I would have never made that connection had I not studied the book of Judges. 

7. Word Study 

A word study is when you pick one word and discover how that word is used in scripture and what you can learn from all the verses you find. 

The first step is picking a word you want to know more about. 

List of words you can start with: 

  • Remember
  • Love 
  • Salvation 
  • Heaven 
  • Peace 

This is just a small sample of the words you can choose to study. You can pick any word from the Bible and see what the Bible says. 

Once you have picked your word, you then use a concordance to find the word. Using this tool you discover how many times that word is used in the Bible, the meaning of the word, and their original Greek or Hebrew word. 

Once you have found all the words, you read through all the verses and take notes. 

Write the thought for that verse and what you learn about that word in the verse’s context. 

Doing this will give you a broader understanding of how language is used in The Bible and how one word can have a different meaning. 

For example

In English, we have one word for love. But in Greek, there are 4 words for love. They each mean love but not in the same way. 

So if you’re studying the word love, you need to understand the 4 original words and how the specific meaning changes the meaning of that word. 

Once you have made a note of the verses and discovered some meaning to them- it’s time to sort them. 

In most cases, you find we can categorize verses in different sections. You can group verses together and see how a group of verses relate to each other and to the meaning of the original word. 

You can click here and discover what I learned when I studied the word Remember. 

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8. Topical Bible Study 

This type of study is very similar to a word study. But instead of studying one word, you are studying a topic. 

For example, a word you may study is salvation. But, a topic you can study would be the steps to salvation. 

I could be wrong, but I don’t think there are any verses that say: these are the steps you need to take to be saved. 

There are verses that say:

  • Believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)
  • If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

These verses only have a few words that are the same. If you study the word saved, then these verses would come up. 

After reading these verses, you can see how the two verses compare with each other, and what they have to say about receiving salvation.  

9. Meditate on God’s word

Meditation is a bible study method that requires you to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence for religious purposes.

In our day, when we hear the word meditation, we think about Buddhism and their meditation practices. With such strong ties to another religion, we might be scared to meditate, but God’s word calls us to meditate on His word.

Studying God’s word is a privilege. I love digging deep and finding truths i can cling to and enjoy.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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7 Simple steps to start Verse Mapping

There are many ways to study the Bible. One way is to start verse mapping. Here you will understand what verse mapping is, why you should start verse mapping, and learn the 7 simple steps to start verse mapping today. 

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What is verse mapping? 

Verse mapping is a Bible study method used to break down a verse and visually arrange the components. 

2 Reasons to start verse mapping 

  1. Helps you visualize all the different parts of a verse. This is extremely helpful if you are a visual learner. 
  2. Guides you to understand all the parts to a verse. Sometimes verses can be composed of 2 or more sentences and can include different topics. Mapping these thoughts out can guarantee that you won’t miss a portion and you will have a fuller understanding of the verse. 

4 ways verse mapping helps you understand the Bible 

  1. Highlights the verse structure. 
  2. Identifies verse fragments and represents the order of the verse and how it connects to verses before and after. 
  3. Helps identify who is talking, who is the author talking to, and what they are saying. 
  4. Establishes word and thought order: A verse diagram displays the different parts of the verse in order of thought, or idea and provides a way to link those different parts to others. 

7 Simple steps to start Verse Mapping 

There are 7 simple steps to verse mapping. Below, I describe and show every step in detail. 

1. Pick a verse (or portion of scripture) 

There are many verses in the Bible, and not all of them are well-suited for verse mapping. Try to pick verses you are struggling to understand or want to learn more about. Going through mapping out these types of verses will give you a better understanding of what it means and how it relates to verses around it. 

For this demonstration, I am using the verse John 10:11

verse mapping step 1: John 10:11

2. Write the verse

There is a strong correlation between remembering something and writing it down. You can write the verse you choose in a journal, or you can use the computer. Whatever medium you choose, make sure the verse has lots of space around it to add all the things you find. 

verse mapping step 2: write the verse

As you can see, I wrote my verse down in a computer program called Canva. I chose this medium because I am a visual learner but I don’t have art skills. I am also told that my writing is not legible, and I wanted to make sure people could follow my train of thought. 

3. Define the words

There are many times I read the Bible and I see a word I don’t know the meaning to. Every time I discover one of these words, I take the time to go to a Bible dictionary and see what the word means. There are other times I read a word and understand the worldly concept, but not the heavenly concept. When defining a word, it’s good to check the definition in a traditional dictionary and a Bible dictionary. 

verse mapping step 3: Define the words

I chose the word “good” to define it. Sometimes I think I know what good means, but then I put the word in the Bible context and it changes. We have a tendency to call everything good. But the only thing that is good is God Himself. So by calling Himself the good shepherd, Jesus was expressing His inherent goodness and declaring Himself God. 

4. Identify who is talking

This step is extremely important. Identifying who is talking gives the context of the words to what is coming next. If the speaker is important, then the words that follow will also be important. 

If the speaker is an evil spirit, then we know that the words that come next will not be true. 

verse mapping step 4: Identify who is talking

In John 10:11, Jesus is the one speaking. He identifies that by the word I. Jesus then continues and says: I am. These 2 words are significant as we trace them back to the Old Testament and God said: I am. Jesus is declaring Himself as God and demonstrating His characteristics. 

5. Identify who is being spoken to 

The message can change depending on the audience. If I am explaining how to cut an apple, my instructions will be different if I am speaking to my child, vs if I am speaking to my husband. 

The same is true in the Bible. Sometimes the verses are talking to people who are saved, vs those who aren’t. Then other times the Bible is talking to everyone. It is important to understand who the audience is so we know what our response should be. 

verse mapping step 5: identify the audience

In this verse, the audience is the sheep (everyone). We know this because The Bible tells us that Jesus died for everyone. 

John 3:16– For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

6. Highlight any truths that stand out 

Every time I read a piece of scripture, something new stands out. Highlights will change from person to person and from time to time. Meaning that the things that hit true today, may not be impressed on me the next time I read the passage. God’s word is living, and The Lord will guide our hearts to see what He wants us to learn from scripture. 

To help extract meaning, it’s important to ask yourself lots of questions while you read. As you answer questions, certain truths will stand out and ring true for you. Fill in the form below to receive a free list of questions you can ask yourself for any passage of scripture. 

verse mapping step 6: highlight truths that stand out

7. Check cross-references and mark connections

One of my favourite ways to learn what The Bible has to say is to check and see if the verse correlates to another part of the Bible. That is to say, we do some cross-referencing.

 

verse mapping step 7; check cross references

In John 10:11 there is 1 I am statement. This statement can be cross-referenced to 6 other I am statements in the book of John, and to the Old Testament when the words I am were first used. Checking out these cross-references will give you a fuller appreciation for this statement and a deeper understanding of who God is. 

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Real-Life Application

Once you have mapped out your verse, you’re not done. To really understand what the verse is talking about, you need to ask yourself some application questions. 

  1. How can you turn this verse into a prayer? 
  2. Is there a promise you can claim? 
  3. Are there any truths that impact how you are living?

Once you have done all those, turn to The Lord in prayer and dedicate what you have learned. Ask Him to bring the verse to mind and help you apply what you have learned to your daily life. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

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It’s easy to get intimidated when you hear someone say they are studying the Bible. I always picture lecture halls and endless nights filled with reading lists and assignments. But, those images are flashbacks to my university days, not Bible study. Today, I am going to share 6 simple steps in Bible Study.

 

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When Jesus came to earth, he picked disciples that were fishermen and tax collectors. They were not educated and had a low social ranking. Regardless of who they were, Jesus picked them to follow Him and then build the church. 

This simple act of choosing these disciples tells me that God’s word is for anyone. It’s not just for the people who can read or have degrees. 

Jesus came for all people, and He wants everyone to learn about who He is and what He has to say. 

6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

1. Start with prayer

The first steps in Bible study are the most important. That first step is prayer. Regardless of where you are in your Christian walk, it’s always good to start with prayer.

When I sit down to study The Bible, I usually have a few things on my mind. Praying lets me give my worries and thoughts to God. Doing this helps me focus and helps me be less distracted and more focused. 

Praying also helps me frame my point of view. 

While reading The Bible, it’s easy to impose our own opinions and thoughts and completely oversee what the scripture actually says. So, starting with Prayer and asking for direction and wisdom is a good way for me to let the Spirit guide my thoughts. 

2. Pick a passage

The next step in Bible study is choosing what to read.

Most people desire to know God, and they want to read the bible, but they just don’t know where to start. 

A few years ago, I lost one of my cousins to cancer. It’s still something that I process regularly, but the first year was the hardest. I had a hard time wrapping my head around it and just couldn’t understand why. I still don’t have answers to those questions, but I have peace about it. 

About 8 months after my cousin died, our women’s Bible study was studying Judges. It was through reading Judges and the discussions we had about it that gave me the perspective and peace I have today. 

At the time of my cousin’s death, if you had told me I would find peace while reading the book of Judges, I would laugh at you. 

Judges is a hard book to read and is full of darkness and strange stories. But God knew what my heart needed, and He used what I was reading to speak to me. 

So don’t worry too much about what you are going to read. God will meet you in whatever you choose. 

Just pick a passage, any passage and read it. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I suggest following a reading plan or Bible study, as those things give you structure and accountability. 

If you want to spend less time worrying about what to read and more time reading the Bible, then join my community. I created The Christian Growth Hub to give women guided Bible study workbooks that they can complete in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. When you join the community, you also get access to our Facebook group where you can connect with other women, share what God has taught you and much more. Click here for all the details.

6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

3. Read the passage  

The next steps in Bible study are to read the passage. When you are reading The Bible, it’s always a good idea to read it at least two times

  • On the First read, take the time to read through the whole passage.
  • On the second read-through:
    • Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense
    • Write any words you may not know
    • Note any observations you make 
    • Think about how the passage connects to what you already know
    • Ask yourself questions you may have about this passage
    • Visualize what the passage is talking about

To get a deeper understanding of what a passage is saying, take the time to read the passage carefully. 

4. Ask questions

The fourth step is asking questions. This is one of the most important steps in Bible study and should not be missed. After you’re done reading, take some time to ask yourself more questions about the text. 

You can use prepared questions, or you can ask your own questions. 

These questions should focus on:

  • understanding what the text says
  • it’s key ideas
  • clarifying what you don’t understand
  • applying what you learned. 

5. Take notes

The next step in Bible study is taking notes. It’s important to take notes throughout the entire process.

Taking notes has 2 benefits:

  1. Taking notes will help you remember what you learned

“If you write something by hand, all that complex sensory information increases the chances the knowledge will be stored for later.

In short, writing by hand forces your brain to process information in a more detailed way, which helps you successfully load that information into your memory.” 

Elyse Hauser

2. Taking notes is evidence of growth

An important part of feeling successful in accomplishing goals is seeing progress. 

As a Christian, we understand that spiritual growth looks different from physical growth and other measures of growth. Even though things differ, we still need to see progress. 

One way to track your progress is to keep your notes from your Bible study. That way, when you are feeling discouraged or uncertain, you can go back and see all the truths God has revealed to you. 

6. Apply what you have read

The last step in Bible Study is to apply what you have read. What good does it do to read The Word of God and then not let it change us? 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 

James 1: 22-24

I have some crooked teeth so I get food stuck between them pretty often. When I go to the mirror to see what’s between my teeth, I have a decision to make. Do I leave the food there?? NO!! I take the time to remove the piece of food. 

This is the same thing Paul is talking about in this passage. If we read God’s word and do nothing, then we are like that person who looks in the mirror and leaves the food stuck in their teeth. 

As my mom would say: God’s word demands a response. 

What should we do?

When we read God’s word, there is always something we can do. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I know I already used that verse, but it’s just that good. 

Everything we read can teach us something and lead us to repent of sin. Scripture can train our minds to think about God and everything that is noble and good. 

The Bible can also train us to be better parents, spouses, neighbours and so on. There is no shortage of actions we can take after we read the Bible.

The best way to learn how The Bible can apply to our lives is by asking some application questions. 

Click here for a list of application questions. 

Bible study doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. 

God desires a relationship with us. He wants us to understand what He wrote. Start today by taking these 6 simple steps in Bible Study. I know The Lord will honour your desire and you will find so much beauty and wonder in His word. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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