Are you someone who is keen about getting in-depth knowledge about God from the scriptures? Our article on how to study the bible for beginners should guide you
In a world filled with chaos and turbulence, studying the Bible as a beginner might be discouraging and tiring at firsts.
Apart from this, adopting a new behaviour or pattern can be somewhat discouraging, this is because humans don’t adopt to change easily.
We start a new pattern, stick to it for a while, forget about it, remember again, we continue or just give up.
The first step to change is accepting that there is a need for a change and figuring out a way to fix it.
Bible study or word study should be a part of every believers life.
But sadly, not everyone take it seriously, simply because we either do not see it as a priority or we claim to be busy.
Nevertheless, I am sure there are quite a number of women, and believers out there who wants to take Bible study seriously but balancing career, homemaking and spirituality is kind of strenuous for them.
Well, this article is directed towards helping every Moms, Girls, Ladies, and believers out there who wants to build and develop a regular Bible study pattern.
Now, the question is what tools do I need to get started with Bible study as a beginner? Let’s take a look at it.
Bible study tools for beginners.
Before diving deep, I will like to say that a beginner can be someone who just accepted Christ and is seeking for in-depth knowledge about the things of God.
A Bible study beginner can also be a believer who attends church, listen to the word of God in church but just don’t see the need to have a personal Bible study plan.
In addition to this, a beginner can be a stay at home mom, a career woman who just saw the need to be groomed in the word and does not know how to find her way around that
Which ever category you fall into, we have got you covered.
Before you choose to study the word, there are certain tools you need to put in place for an effective Bible study.
- A close or an environment void of distraction
- A Bible study notebook (I will write an article on how to create one soon)
- Writing materials
Let’s take a look at them individually
1. A closet
The first thing you should but in place as a Bible study beginner is a place void of distraction.
Your closet can be a room in your apartment that is possibly far from the reach of kids, on the other hand, void of distractions.
As a mom, having a closet void of distraction around the house might be impossible dud to the disturbances and attention needed by your toddlers.
I will suggest you fix a time when the kids are not around, so that your word study can be effective.
In addition to this, your closet can be a place outside your home. You can pay a visit to the Gardens, a library, and river bank depending on what works best for you
Time is another factor working moms should put into consideration for an effective word study.
Like I said earlier, fix a time when kids are not around, you can choose to wake up early in the morning when the kids are still asleep.
Discipline is needed for consistency, if waking up early is the price you have to pay for word study, I will advice you go for it.
Of course, this is the most important tool needed for word study.
In your choice of a version to use, settle for a version that you are comfortable with.
Some people prefer to use the King James Version, while some prefer NIV version.
The ball is in your court, choose
4. Bible study notebook
The whole idea of a Bible study notebook is so you can document lessons learned during the course of your Bible study.
You can purchase a Bible study notebook and design to suit your taste
Looking for ways to design a Bible study notebook, I will be writing an article on how to create a Bible study notebook soon.
5. Your writing materials
You will need pens to document lessons learnt in your bible study notebook. You will also need highlighters to highlight a particular scripture in the bible that ministered to you
Lastly, on Bible study tools for beginners, prayer is needed for open mind, for veils to be lifted.
You need prayers to birth the mind and intention of God concerning scriptures.
Why is it important to study the Bible?
There are several reasons why believers should engage in word study and they include:
1. For growth
Growth is essential for every believer in Christ. We need to be fitly framed into the man Christ.
Christ is the head of the Church, and the Church is suppose to look exactly like the head.
Apart from this, we also need to disciple the nations to Christ. To disciple the nations to Christ, we must ourselves have attained stature in Christ.
Meditating on God’s word opens you up to an indepth knowledge and revelation of him.
2. To birth realities in the kingdom
Every word of God is a reality. what man must do to birth this realities is to constantly meditate on the word of God, so that the reality in the word can be evidently seen in our lives.
Jesus was not lying when he said greater works than these will ye do, what has happened to us? Is the word a lie? no.
The channel through which the word should be made manifest are not aligned, they have placed different priorities above the word of God.
3. To prevail in victory
Most importantly, the reasons why we study the bible is so as to know what the word says about our situation.
Christ defeated all demons, principalities, and powers upon his death.
It’s vague for a believer to ask Jesus to come down and fight his battles for him, because Christ defeated them upon his death. halleluyah!
We war from victory, knowing fully well that Christ defeated the enemy and his cohorts.
Get into the word to know what it says about your situation, everything that was,is, and will ever be has been finished upon Christ death and ressurection. We prevail! Amen
Beginners bible reading plan
As a beginner, to study the bible yourself, you must draft out a daily, weekly, or monthly plan to stick with.
I must confess that you should go with whatever system works for you.
This is how i study the bible.
How I study the bible as a beginner
I haven’t really settled with a specific bible study method.
My method changes, what i used in previous years is not what i use now.
However, I will share with you how i studied my bible as a beginner
1. I start with prayer
Like i said earlier, every word of God is now, every word of God has His wisdom hidden in it.
For you to unveil this wisdom, you will need to pray asking that every stronghold, veils, and scales, be lifted so that you can know the true intent of what the scriptures means.
Christ is made wisdom unto us, you will need to engage that wisdom in your word study.
2. I choose a book
As a beginner, i will suggest you study the book of John first, so that you can have an in-depth knowledge of the father’s love for you
3. Read through the whole scripture
I read through the whole passage of the scripture to have an overview of what the passage is saying. I begin to highlight keywords i will like to come back to.
4. pay more attention and read the scriptures
I read through a second time paying more attention to the verses. I write down my observation, question, and lessons learnt in my bible study notebook.
Finally, i write down questions and convictions in my bible study journal/notebook
5. Allow scriptures interpret scriptures
For example, if during the course of bible study, i penned down the word “Love of God” and i am interested in knowing more about the Love of God, I simply navigate to the “search option” on my YouVersion bible app and type the word “love of God” in the search query options.
Tons of scriptures that talks about the love of God will be displayed.
I will simply select a few verses, read and meditate on them, so as to know more about God’s love
Finally on how to study the bible for beginners, I pray the word learned into my life, i ask that the words falls on a fertile ground where it continually grows.
How i study the bible now
- I simply start by praying in tongues
- Next, scriptures or word phrases drops in my spirit
- I look for the scriptures or word phrase on my youversion bible app using the method stated earlier
- Next, I meditate on that scripture
- Finally, I pray the word learnt into my life
it’s that simple
The basic requirement for studying the bible as a beginner is that you are born again, you have received the life of Christ, you are a new creation. The word of God is now, to effectively understand the word, you must engage the wisdom of God prayerfully.
Scripture says that of his fullness have we received, we have the fullness of Christ, we have the wisdom of God. Engage that wisdom in your word study today.
I hope this post has helped you learned how to study the bible for beginners? If you have any suggestion, opinion or recommendation, kindly use the comment section.
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