I sat on my bed, flipping through my Bible and randomly reading whatever section of Scripture my finger happened to land on. I knew the words in this book held value and truth for me, but I didn’t fully grasp what that was yet. I certainly didn’t know how to dig through them to unearth truth for myself beyond my random “flip and point” method. Since then I have learned many practical methods for studying Scripture. While knowing methods is definitely not the goal, these methods have afforded me the ability to know God better. When we study Scripture we get to interact with the living and active word of God and meet with Him in Scripture with an expectant heart that He will transform and change us to be more like Him. Why aren’t we running to our Bibles if this is true? Well, studying Scripture can feel difficult and overwhelming if we don’t have the tools to help us...can I get an Amen?!
Where do I begin?
Maybe some of you have experienced the beautiful effects of studying God’s truth and hiding it in your hearts, but perhaps some of you are floating in a sea of words on wispy thin pages wondering, “Where do I even begin?”
I love when I am asked this question because more than anything I want women to know the Word of God and hide it in their hearts. The more I know, the more I am in awe of who God is and what He has done for me. There was a time when Scripture seemed boring and stale, but after I learned how to study it for myself, I saw how much dimension and depth I was missing. I realized the Bible contains this big, incredible story and we are right in the middle of it!
The Tool Bench
My goal here is to provide you with a tool bench of sorts to give you resources that will provide you with direction and ideas on how to study Scripture. I hope you find them helpful and pray that you are changed not through the tools, but what they help to reveal to you in this unique book about our incredible God.
This podcast is a great place to start to gain an accessible structure for studying the Bible that you can easily incorporate into your own way of reading and learning.
If you are interested in learning more inductive study techniques then this series is for you. This online method of teaching the Bible gives insight on study methods as John Piper guides you through a passage while marking scripture and processing what the text is telling us.
I was recently introduced to this resource myself. It is website full of information that Peter Krol has made available for people to learn how to study and teach the Bible.
I tend to recommend this book first when it comes to learning how to study the Word. I love the emphasis on training the heart to train the mind as you learn to study scripture not only emotionally, but also intellectually.
If you are a visual person then this guide will be a source to gather some great ideas and tips for studying scripture. I have used it to create my own method of categorizing ideas visually as I study the word.
Transformed minds and hearts
You will find similarities and differences in each of these resources. Consider all of them and find what works for your particular style of learning!
Ultimately, it is my desire that these tools help reveal to you the greater story of Scripture and through interacting with His Word, your minds and hearts are transformed, you feel deeply connected to this story He has put YOU in the middle of, and you participate in His redemptive mission to bring His people into His kingdom!