The AWOL blogger is back!. Life has been happening on this lane. Otherwise, I hope everyone is doing great!.
Today, I’ll be sharing a quick post which I hope will bless/ be helpful to someone.
About three weeks ago, I learned a new method of Bible study from a YouTube channel called Coffee and Bible Time . I find this method really effective and enriching. I switched it up a little bit to suit my fancy, however, you can go to her channel and check out the original version over there, and also check out other cool Christian stuff she has on her channel.
I’m going to be honest and say that just because of how deep and detail oriented this method of Bible study is, I don’t use this for my daily Bible study. On a daily basis I prefer to do a quick Bible study or devotional depending on how my schedule is. This method is for when I want to spend extra quiet time with God, when I want to really get in the Bible, generally when I just want to experience something extra and deeper during my quiet time. However, if this can fit perfectly into your everyday schedule, then by all means incorporate it.
The first four steps of this method are entirely from Coffee and Bible time, then the last two steps are stuff I incorporated to suit me.
Let’s get started!
What you need..
You’ll need your Bible, notebook, some highlighters or colours and whatever else you use when you do your Bible study.
The process. ..
This Bible study method is divided into various parts which are:
- Verses that stood out
- Obedience/Live it out
I wrote those sections down in my notebook just so they can always guide me when reading my Bible.
With those written down, I used colours to apportion one colour per section.
Pink for summary, green for verses that stood out, red for obedience/living it out, blue for prayers, orange for thanksgiving and finally brown for confession.
Now that that is done, let’s dive right into the Bible.
I head to the scripture I am reading for the day, and as I read, I keep marking the verses with the different colours according to how they speak to me.
So, for example if James 1:5 is something I need to pray about for my life, I’ll mark it with blue. If James 1:2 is something I need to live out, then I’ll mark it with red, etc. This makes it easier to write stuff down in my notebook without getting confused. Don’t be afraid to make your Bible dirty. Lol.
With that done, I then head to my notebook and fill out the sections as follows:
Under the summary section, I summarise the entire scripture I’ve read in my own words, just to be sure that I’ve understood what I’ve just read. This enables me really get an understanding of the scripture because it usually requires that I read the scripture over and over again to properly understand it.
Verses that stood out:
In this section, I write down the verses that stood out for me, just so I can always find them and be reminded whenever I randomly read through my notes. This also enables me memorise these verses.
Obedience/Live it out:
Here I write which of those verses I need to live out or be obedient to, just to make sure the Bible study does not end at reading and writing stuff down. And I also add how and when I will live them out, just so that I have a motivation to do it, and writing that down brings a sense of accountability, especially if I have to keep looking at it. Honestly, living out scripture is not the easiest thing to do in my Christian journey, but by the grace of God, I try, and some days are better than others.
Lately I’m learning about the importance of writing down my prayers. One of the most important things this does is that it’s one sure way of me keeping track of what God is doing in my life, what prayers He has answered, etc…this is a story for another day. So, in this section, I make a general prayer about what I’ve just studied, asking God to give me the grace to be able to put it into action and generally pray for other things.
In this section, I look through the scripture I’ve just read and find out things that the scripture talks about that I already do/have and then I’ll thank God for that. The thanksgiving can also be done for something I don’t have, but I’m believing God for. For example, if the scripture talks about having unwavering faith, but I don’t have that yet, I’ll thank God for the fact I believe that someday, by His grace, I will be able to have unwavering faith.
There is power in the tongue, and there is power in claiming our promises in Christ. In this section, I write down things from the scripture that I want to speak over my life. Basically, I just claim the scriptures into my life.
And then it’s done. If I have anything else to write, I’ll just write it down after the confessions section.
That’s it!. I hope I was articulate enough in my explanations. It’s quite tasking to explain something like that in writing, so I hope I made sense. This is a really enriching Bible study method and it’s going to stick with me for a while. You don’t have to follow it to the dot. You can switch it up, reduce/add sections etc. Basically you can play around with it to suit your fancy.
What do you think of this Bible study method? What Bible study method do you use? I’d like to hear from you. Share in the comments section.
Otherwise I hope you were blessed.
Have a great day!