6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

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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