I would love to hear your answer. Since I’ve been trying to read more of my Bible I’ve started and stopped my ‘methods’ for want of a better word. My morning sessions consists of reading 1 of 2 devotionals, Charles Stanley’s Into His Presence that was given to us by my sister-in-law (with the most encouraging words) and online I use Our Daily Bread. I like the idea of everything being read to me. That’s why I also have an Audio Bible. Now whenever something is bothering me or I feel the need to be enlightened about a particular topic I use the Life Principles in my Bible – which has its own study guide. I was reading a passage in Kings and the stories were so riveting I just continued – I think I finished all of 1 Kings. The same thing happened when I was reading about Moses to my daughter I just got caught up in the ‘after-crossing-the-red-sea’ part and just read and read and read, long after she fell asleep.
Is that studying? Or was I just reading?
Whenever I go to a Spiritual Retreat I always have my notebook and I take notes. Whenever I listen to a business seminar I take notes. So I thought to myself that’s whats missing from my personal study – I am not taking notes as I should. That way I can return to it again and again to refresh my memory and meditate on it. I love taking notes and writing lists – it not only helps me to remember, I’ll always have it, and I guess by doing that more and more I will KNOW it even more – devote time & attention!
I just don’t want to spew Bible verses at the drop of a hat. At this stage of my life I yearn for more. As a matter of fact, as God’s children no matter what age or stage we are we will never be too ‘old’ to have something revealed to us. I want to be able to share my personal experiences as it pertains to whatever passages I’ve read and how God used it to make a change in me or to see things differently.
So whether I study chronologically, or topically, I will be taking notes I should even start taking notes in Church (I know that seems strange to some of my overseas friends but that’s hardly done here) that way I can remember exactly what the message was. I usually scribble in the back of my Bible something that stands out but I feel I need more if I am going to truly study my Bible whether it is my personal study or through fellowship.
So, How Do You Study The Bible?
PS. I want to be able to read the Bible in Hebrew one day.