Bible study, while a simple concept, is not always simple to do, especially for the younger generation.
Today, there are numerous distractions keeping teens and younger adults from doing their study of the Bible.
These individuals know that it is important to study, and they know it is good for them. After all, a consistent intake of scripture can affect how you interact with people or even perceive the world.
Luckily, there are some ways that a youth or even adult can improve their bible study and get more from the scriptures that have provided insight to members of the community for centuries.
How to Study the Bible Better in 5 Easy Ways
1. Pick a Passage, Not a Page, and Focus In
One of the biggest mistakes made during a Bible study is looking at an entire scripture or page. Instead, select a single passage in your Bible.
Read the passage and then stop to reflect upon what you have read. These snippets provide you with insight, and each is meant to be absorbed and retained. So, read your passage, stop, reflect, and ask yourself questions. If you are in a group, read each passage together. Then stop and talk about what you have read.
Everyone can express how he or she feels about that passage, what it means to them, and hearing other takeaway points from others in your group might help you connect better with that passage.
2. Create a Bible Study Fellowship
Studying alone is fine because it gives you time for self-reflection.
However, it is often best to study in a group, because that group offers key insights. They may recite the passage in their words that are different from yours, but provide you with a unique perspective on that passage. Also, a fellowship might ensure you keep up with your daily or weekly goal of the study.
3. Set Dedicated Blocks of Time
If you are going to study the bible once a day, set a specific time of the day and location for your bible study. Creating a routine can help you wind down and close out the rest of the world. In turn, you focus on the scriptures better.
4. Host a Community Bible Study Session
Community sessions are best for question and answer sessions too. Here you can read a passage or chapter within your scriptures; then everyone can respond to questions. Some of the questions you might ask about a passage include:
- What does the passage say?
- What did it mean to those reading it at the time it was written?
- What does it mean to you as you speak those words aloud?
- Who wrote it or said it?
- When was it written?
- How can you apply or obey what you have learned in the passage?
- What circumstances prompted the writing of this passage?
5. Notate What You Have Learned
Your scriptures are there for you to take notes and make suggestions in the scriptures themselves. Use a highlighter or pencil to add small notations about your observations, research, and what was shared in a study Bible session. Doing so gives you a place to refer and reflect once again. It can also bring back the feelings you had as you read that passage, and what it means to you today or months after the fact.
If you are a heavy note taker, move your notes to a dedicated journal and carry that journal with you and your scriptures. This lets you expand further on your feelings, observations, and what you gained from the insight shared by others in the study group.