Do you feel guilty because you don’t read the Bible? Let me help relieve your guilt, I don’t read the Bible either.
That’s right, a pastor who doesn’t read the Bible! How unbiblical is that? Before you judge, let me clarify. I don’t just read the Bible, I prefer to study it. What’s the difference? We read to gain a general understanding; we study to search for a useful truth.
For example, when I read the news, I walk away with a general understanding of what happened. When I study an owner’s manual, I walk away with a useful truth. Because the Bible was written as a life manual, I prefer study it rather than just read it and recommend you do the same.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
When most people think of Bible study, they think it is harder than Bible reading. Not true, it’s actually easier! If you have a hard time reading your Bible, then you will probably enjoy studying it.
Below are three easy steps to help you study your Bible:
1. Have a Snack Not a Meal (Hebrews 4:12)
This is a solution for those of you who struggle making time to be in God’s word. Often, it can be more beneficial to study the Bible in small chunks rather than large hunks. In order to do this, you need to have multiple Bibles (at least 3). Put one in the bedroom, one in the living room, one in the bathroom, and one in your car. The goal is to have a Bible within arm’s reach whenever you have a few minutes. Then pick it up, read 2-4 verses, and stop. That’s it! Later on when you have a few more minutes, pick it up again and finish reading where you left off. At the end of the day, you will have probably spent more time in God’s word in small doses rather than at one sitting.
Truth: Remember studying your Bible is about quality, not quantity.
2. Ask Yourself, “How Does This Apply to My Life?” (2 Timothy 3:16)
After each reading time, consider how the truth you just read applies to your life. This is what turns reading into studying.
For example, Col 1:1-2 – Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
This is usually a verse we skip over, but if you think about it for a moment, there is a life application. Paul is encouraging Christians and speaking a blessing into their lives. Application? How can you encourage Christians today? How can you speak a blessing into someone’s life? Get the idea?
Truth: Never leave your Bible study without a life application.
3. Bring God In the Loop (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through His word. When you finish your study, ask God how to apply His word to your life. You will be amazed how God will answer your prayer and use His Word in your life throughout the day.
Truth: Remember the Bible is God’s Word so we need to include Him in the study.
This whole process will take about 10 minutes every time you do it.
You will find that over time God will give you a hunger for His word, and you will look forward to the study and growing in your time with Him.
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