Are you looking for ways to get more out of your bible study? This post on verse mapping for beginners should guide you.
Verse mapping is similar to the SOAP bible study method for beginners, it allows you to unlock more from scriptures by diving deeper into verse or verses of the scripture.
it is one of the easiest, fun, and most beautiful ways to study the bible, especially for beginners.
Often, studying the bible can be so alarming for the 21st-century woman, because she has to balance homemaking, with a career, and spirituality.
Having a bible study plan like the verse mapping for beginners and sticking to it is one of the best ways to effectively study the bible.
Without further ado, let’s check out what verse mapping is.
What is verse mapping
Bible verse mapping is simply the process of studying verses of scriptures using diagrams or charts with the sole aim of getting more from scriptures.
This bible study method help Christians gain more clarity of God’s word.
In addition to this, you also get to study the verses of the scripture in context.
Having said all that, let’s take a look at what you need to get started with verse mapping.
How to start verse mapping for beginners
To start verse mapping, you will need a few supplies.
These supplies include:
- Bible ( You can get more than one version)
- Bible dictionary
How to verse map
There are practical steps you should take when you want to do verse mapping.
I have explained them below:
Select the verse you want to verse map
You need to prayerfully do this.
Often, when I get to the place of prayer, I receive a word or phrase that I have to look up for in the scriptures. I check out this word by typing the keyword or phrase in the search option of my YouVersion bible App
Boom! I got tons of scriptures that center around this keyword or phrase.
You can also adopt this idea, one thing about words or phrases popping during prayers, is that they minister to you and your situation.
However, you can also choose scriptures based on the following reasons:
- A favorite verse
- Words/phrases that pops your mind during prayers or word study
- Scriptures suggested by friends
- Verses that captures your mind and you want to look further
- A topic of interest
- Easy to memorize bible verses
- Verses that ministers to you
Write down the verse
The next step in verse mapping for beginners is to write down the verse either in your journal or on paper.
You can choose to write these verses either at the centre, the top or the rear end of the paper, the choice is yours to make.
Highlight the word or phrase you want to study
The next step to take after you have written your verse is to highlight the word or phrase from this verse you will want to research.
Now, look up the meaning of these words using a dictionary or thesaurus.
This will give you a proper understanding and meaning of the keyphrase in context.
Write down what you find in your journal
Check out your verse using other translation
To do this; click on the version option of the YouVersion bible app, and you will see tons of Bible versions to choose from.
The idea of using another version or translation is to get a simpler meaning or break down the verse in question.
This is because some versions of the scripture are interpreted in simpler and easier language which makes it easy to understand.
Write down any differences you get in your journal
Get more related verses using concordance
Another step to make in your verse mapping is to use a concordance to get more related verses.
To do this, simply type the keyword or phrase on the search option of the YouVersion bible app, and you will get more related verses.
Write out the scriptures in your notebook.
Study the verse in context
Now, go back to the verse and study the other verses under this context, read the whole verses and meditate on them to get a proper and deeper understanding of what the scripture is saying.
Begin to ask yourself questions like;
- Who is the author?
- The targeted audience ( who is the scripture talking to)
- What is happening in this scripture, where did the event take place
- What is the intent of the passage
Apply these scriptures to your life
How has the scripture ministered to you? what lessons have you learned? how do you apply it to your life? Apply these lessons learned to your life and prayerfully ask that the grace to apply, the lord grants to you.
The bible verse mapping is one of the easiest bible study methods for beginners, it is a practical way of taking into the record the lessons learned during your word study.
Verse mapping examples
STEP 1: Select verse
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:4,5
Step 2: Write out the verse
Step 3: Next is to highlight the word or phrase
The phrase here is “Life” and “Light”
Step 4: other translation
I strongly advise that you try out this verse mapping for beginners, I hope you have learned a lot today.
You can also read our articles on
- How to use the soap bible study method
- How to create a bible study notebook
- How to study the bible for beginners and finally
- How to find godly friends