What is the best way to study the Bible?

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Answered by: Jaime, An Expert in the Studying the Bible Category
Have you ever said, "Someday I'm going to get around to reading my Bible," but it still sits there on the shelf gathering dust? Do you open a random page then feel overwhelmed after just the first page? Maybe you have read, or heard, so many verses it feels like you have the whole Bible down, but just don't understand. Don't be discouraged. When you study the Bible here are a few things to consider: why, how, and when.

For starters, why study the Bible? If for no other reason than, it is one of the oldest and most published books still in circulation today. In Jeremiah you will read that God he has a plan and a purpose for each of us. What better way to find out your reason for being than from the creator himself? It is his word given to us to help guide us in the right direction.

Secondly, how to study the Bible? By reading you will learn that you don't have to understand everything. Wisdom, knowledge, and understand are all a gift that is given. Starting with prayer for understanding, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in you is your best start. Although there is a lot of discussion over which book to start in. Starting is half the battle. Having a plan is wise choice. There are many different plans that can be downloaded from the internet. Some are from front cover to back, and some are reading from old and new testament each day. Pick the one that works best for you. Even finding the right translation will help your need, and desire to study the Bible. You can find many online (some are available in audio format), in your local library, and many chain stores. It is wise to have at least one Study Bible. A Study Bible contains information from theologians regarding most verses on the bottom half of the page. A concordance is also very useful to research passages by topic. Most Study Bibles will have a concordance in the back. However, you may enjoy a separate one for deeper research. If you are able to, find a partner to share the experience together. This will give you someone that you can bounce questions of off that is reading where you are. They will also be there for encouragement and support. One of the best resources available is a mentor. They will be able to guide you through some of the ways they have studied the Bible. Mentors are valuable at giving wisdom and insight on how to Study the Bible.

Lastly, when to study the Bible? "Timing is everything," so they say. It only takes a little time each day. Even with the busiest schedules a few minutes of down time can normally be found. Find a time that works and stick to it. For most people it normally takes at least forty days to establish a good routine. Starting by marking it down on a calendar or a tally chart will help you with the process. Eventually, it will be one of the best habits, and choices you have made.

There is nothing stopping you. Now you know why, how, and when to study the Bible. So, be encouraged, and start studying today.

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