When we think of studying the Bible, what is one of the first thoughts that often comes into our minds and out of our mouths?

“I would study the Bible, but I don’t know how!” or “Where would I even begin?”

First off –

Know that you are not alone – this is a completely legitimate question. The Bible is enormous and full of things that can be genuinely hard to understand. The Apostle Peter said so himself! He also notes that those who are unlearned in Scripture and unstable in their faith wrestle with these things “unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:14-16). Not knowing how to study the Bible has obviously been a challenge for believers for at least a couple thousand years!

Secondly –

It is important to keep in mind that not knowing is no excuse. God doesn’t let us off easy because of ignorance. Jesus promised that “…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13). Not some of the truth, or the truth you like the best, or the truth that you “vibe” with the most. ALL truth. The whole, entire, unadulterated truth. The hard truth and all, was going to be illuminated to believers and followers of Jesus by His own Spirit inside of them.

Okay! Now that we know we’re not alone in the uncertainty of getting started, but that we can’t let ignorance stop us, what are some methods of study that we can implement today?

As the old adage says, there’s no time like the present!

#1: Word Studies

#2: Thematic/Topical study

#3: The SWORD method

You do not need a university degree, an off-the-charts IQ, or a grocery list of academic achievements to study and understand God’s Word. Finding a method that is practical and easy for you to grasp is very helpful, and having a few resources handy definitely does not hurt. However, above all, if you start with a teachable heart and make God’s Word your top priority, anything can happen from there!

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some different Bible study methods and approaches a bit more in depth. I am certain that there is something for everyone and I can’t wait to learn more together.

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD…” (Jeremiah 29:14).

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