From the LYWB.com Team: Are you looking for some practical help for how to study the Bible? We pulled this gem from our archives to help you out.
Here are ten practical ways you can stand in God’s truth.
1. 365 Days of Truth
The best way to study the Bible is to make it a part of your daily life. Simply setting aside ten or fifteen minutes every day to learn more about God through His Word will go a long way toward helping you stand for truth. There are lots of great resources available to break the Bible down into 365 smaller sections—that’s one for every day of the year! Pick up a one-year Bible or check out this article that’s loaded with info on how to read the Bible in a year.
For more on this, check out this post, “How Reading the Whole Bible Changed My Life Forever.”
2. Thirty-one Days of Wisdom
There are thirty-one chapters in the book of Proverbs and thirty-one days in each month. Simply choose the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month. (For example, I would read Proverbs 28 today because it is January 28th.) After thirty-one days, you will gain loads of wisdom. You can
3. Mirror, Mirror
I bet you look in your bathroom mirror at least once every single day. (Hey, that’s what girls do!) That makes your mirror a great place to soak up God’s truth. Place several key verses on notecards or write them on your mirror with a write-and-wipe marker. Then read them out loud as you fix your hair or apply your makeup. Change out the verses after a few weeks in order to expose yourself to more truth.
I’ve got some adorable cards on my website that you can simply print and cut.
4. Get Technical
Download a Bible app on your phone, and ask your parents to do the same. When you find yourself waiting in the car, at the doctor’s office, or at a restaurant, you can pop open God’s Word for a dose of truth. (Sure beats spending all of your free time playing Candy Crush!) You can also sign up to have Bible verses texted to you daily through websites like GodlyThoughts.com or Bible-SMS.com.
Here’s a list of apps designed to help you memorize Scripture.
Do you know about a great Bible app? Leave us a comment below with the scoop so we can check it out.
5. Flip Out
In addition to going high-tech, you can pore over God’s Word old-school style—that is by using actual pen and paper! Write ten to fifteen of your favorite Bible verses on 3×5 cards. Punch a hole in the corner of each card, and attach them with a ring. Flip through the cards several times a day for a rapid-fire dose of God’s truth. Exchange the cards for new verses every few months.
6. Work Together
Everything is more fun with friends, including getting into God’s Word. Ask a friend or two to hold you accountable for reading God’s Word. Text or call each other daily as a reminder to read the Bible.
7. Stick to the Stories
Jesus taught tough truth using stories or parables. This teaching style helps break down complex truths about God into bites that are easier to digest. To hear truth straight from the source, focus on reading Jesus’ teachings in one of the gospels. Here is a printable of all the parables (say that three times fast!).
8. Hear Him Preach
Jesus was more than a great storyteller; He was also a powerful preacher. His most famous sermon is known as the Sermon on the Mount (because He preached it on a mountain). Jesus covered everything from prayer to salvation to worry in that single sermon. If you’re the kind of student who likes to listen to
someone break lessons down for you rather than searching out all the right answers on your own, the Sermon on the Mount is a great place to start. With so much truth packed into a single sermon, this passage is like God’s Truth for Dummies (not that I’m calling names). Take your time pouring over it, and ask God to use this sermon to help you build a foundation of truth. The Sermon on the Mount can be found in Matthew 5–7.
You can also listen to an audio version of the Bible. No, you can’t hear the sermon actually read by Jesus (that would be way cool!), but you can listen to this passage being read by some other great voices. (You might hear the voices of some of your favorite celebrities on this audio version of the TNIV Bible.) This is
a good option if you learn best by hearing.
9. Speaking of Stories . . .
Girls are more likely to study someone’s story than we are to memorize facts. That’s good news, because the Bible is filled to the brim with stories of people standing for God’s truth. Here are folks who took big stands for their faith. You’re gonna love their stories.
Noah: Genesis 5–10
Joshua: Book of Joshua. (He got his own book!)
Hannah: 1 Samuel 1–2
Paul: Read about Paul’s radical collision with truth in Acts 9:1–22.
10. Get a Coach
It’s okay to get help from others as you make the move to get into God’s Word. There are great Bible studies available that can guide you. You can choose Bible studies that help you focus on a single subject (such as boys, friendship, or service), Bible studies that break down a single book of the Bible, or Bible studies that hone in on a specific biblical character (such as David, Mary, or Paul). I could never list all of the Bible studies that might be helpful to you, but here are a few I really like.
James: Faith Under Pressure by Pam Gibbs
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
Seamless by Angie Smith
Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian
And here are a couple Bible studies written by yours truly.
Tell us how you plan to study the Bible this year. I’ll choose one of you to win a copy of my book (that this blog post was excerpted from) My Name Is Erin: One Girl’s Journey To Discover Truth.