Are you only reading the Word of God? If so, you may be missing out on some rich experiences; particularly, if reading isn’t your preferred learning style. Below are seven different techniques to broaden and deepen your experience of the Bible.
1) Listen to it – Download and audio version of the bible to your phone or computer and listen while you are on the go. Back in the day when I was in college I had a walkman and a cassette version of the Bible. I listened as I walked to class and commuter. I learned an amazing amount of scripture doing that. You can also pic up a CD version of the bible and listen in your car or home.
2) Read it — If you aren’t reading scripture daily download the free Bible Reading Bundle below. You’ll get my One Year Bible Reading Toolkit which contains tips and thirteen proven bible reading plans. Plus, my S.O.A.P. Bible Journaling worksheet. Which is an easy four step method for studying the bible on your own.
3) Study it — You can study on your own or in a group. I highly recommend if possible that you join a Sunday school class or other small group bible study to help you learn. Other people will raise many questions and offer insights that you will never have on your own. If you are not in a class, consider picking up bible study guide at your local Christian bookstore. There are many well written studies available that can be done on your own.
4) Meditate on it — Psalm 119:15-16 says, “I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.” Many other scriptures also encourage us to meditate on God’s Word. But what is meditating on the Word.” The word we translate as meditate, is a verb meaning to ruminate, or to chew something repeatedly. Therefore, meditating can be as simple repeatedly reading a passage an reflecting upon it mentally at length.
5) Memorize it — Many people falsely believe that they can’t memorize or get worse with age. The truth is we all can memorize and at any age. As you get older you may be slower, but are still completely capable of retaining scripture. Memorizing scripture allows you to draw upon it in times of need. Memorizing also increase your ability to understand new scripture at a deeper level. Even learning a verse or two a week can be very beneficial. Just think in one year you cold easily memorize over fifty verse just by memorizing one per week.
6) Journal it — The S.O.A.P. Bible journaling method is one great way to begin journaling. For step-by-step instructions on this easy-to-follow technique download the Bible Bundle below.
7) Act on it — Obeying scripture will translate your mental understanding into aN experience and a deeper heartfelt understanding of Gods’ Word. How many of these seven are a part of your life right now? Which one could you add? Each form of encountering God’s Word enhances our discipleship and our relationship with God in a slightly different way. I would encourage you to experiment. These are not the only ways to take in God’s Word. Be creative in your approaches. I had a friend who memorized scripture by laminating verses and hanging them in his shower. Also, learning songs that contain scripture verses is another great method.
You Can Read the Bible…
A simple method to beginning studying the Bible by yourself is the SOAP method of bible study. I have bundled step-by-step instructions for doing the SOAP Bible Method with my One Year Bible Reading Tool Kit into a FREE Bible Reading Bundle. Get your free copy by clicking below.
In depth personal study holds many rewards. Put in the effort and you will soon discover not just a greater understanding of the Bible, but a deeper relationship with God, and you will start following Christ more faithfully. Get your Bible Reading Bundle today and begin quickly understanding your Bible better.
Blessings to you as you study, John Arnold The Practical Disciple
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised from an article originally published June 12, 2008.