Studying the Word of God can be very daunting – with 66 books, 31,102 verses, it can be overwhelming. In this post I want to talk about some simple ways to dig deep into the Word of God.
If you have never read the Bible before, I encourage you to find a plan to go through. Now, this does not necessarily have to be a “read the Bible in a year” plan. You can find a plan and go at your own speed. I read the Bible in a year plan, and it took me probably about 14/15 months. And that’s ok! We all read and learn at different speeds, and learning slowly can be good.
Lots of people think speed is key in reading the Bible, but it’s so important to simply READ and STUDY the Word. Don’t put pressure on yourself to stick to a plan and never make mistakes. Be commited to getting in the Word daily, and don’t stress too much about going super quickly. Finding a plan can help with being commited and intentional.
Taking notes is a great way to retain what you’ve learned, even if you don’t write much. This really helps me to actually think about what I’m reading, instead of just reading it and going on with my day. It’s similar to writing a book report – it helps you take what you read and form your own thoughts based on that.
If you read the Bible regularly but just want to find new fun ways to study the Word, I encourage you to try the SOAP method! When I went to a Bible study a few years ago, this was the first ever “method” of studying Scripture I tried! The great thing about SOAP is it’s not a rigid and complicated method – it’s quite simple!
Basically, SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. What we did was our leader chose a portion of Scripture (usually five verses or less), and we took time to write down our thoughts, aka observations, about the passage.
Next, we came up with some ways to apply these things to our lives and make the Truths practical for us to live out, and lastly, we took some time to pray, and we were done!
This is such a simple way of studying the Word, but I love it. It helps me to come up with my own thoughts on the passage and connect them to how I can live it out day to day.
If you’re trying this style of studying Scripture by yourself, you can pick some verses and write your thoughts and applications down, and then write down or say a prayer to God to help you live out what you’ve learned.
Lately I have been reading through the Old Testament and picking 2-3 chapters a day to read and then write observations down about them, sometimes also doing applications. I’m not super good at doing applications, because frankly, sometimes I rush and don’t think about doing that, but it’s very helpful when I do.
Another thing I love doing is highlighting in my Bible. If you were to look at certain parts in my Bible, it would look like a rainbow of highlights, underlines, and the occasional notes! I love doing this in my Bible because it makes the verses pop out and come alive.
Some people are concerned about the highlighter bleeding through the pages, and unfortunately, there’s not really anything you can do about that, unless you like gel highlighters. I don’t really mind the bleeding, since it’s my Bible for studying and use, and it helps me dig deep into the Word.
Something you can do if you don’t like highlighting, is taking notes on the passage on a sticky note and sticking it on the page. Or, you can simply write one verse you liked, such as “Psalm 46:3” on a sticky note and put it in there to remind yourself of a verse that stuck out to you that day.
Those were a few tips on studying the Word! I’m not an expert on any level on this, but I wanted to share some ways to dig deep into the Word with you all today.
Comment below and let’s chat!
Do you study God’s Word on a regular basis?
If so, what are you currently studying in God’s Word?
What’s your favorite way (or ways) to study and dig deep into the Word of God?