Today I’m delighted to welcome, Kelli. I met her through an online Bible study several months ago. Remember how I confessed to being a self-proclaimed chicken online? Well, her approachability made me feel comfortable enough to strike up a friendship. I think you’ll like her, too!
What do you think of when you hear these words? Maybe you think of a book written to help you understand God’s word. Perhaps you think of a group of people meeting together to discuss God’s word. It could be that you picture a group of people with an additional book intending to talk about God’s word, but instead they wind up shooting the breeze for so long that they never actually end up talking about the Bible. (Yeah, it’s happened to me, too). There is nothing wrong with written Bible studies or small group meetings. In fact, these are very, very good things. But what if Bible study could be made simple—super simple—so simple you could do it on your own?
What if you pictured something different when you heard the words Bible study? What if you pictured yourself, your Bible, the Holy Spirit, and not much more? Wouldn’t that be an amazing Bible study!?! I think so. And here’s something you might not know: it can actually happen. You don’t need another book with a fancy cover to hear from God. You don’t need a group of people to interpret the Bible for you. With the Holy Spirit as your guide, you can do it on your own.
Here are two simple techniques to help you have a personal and intimate time with God.
What you’ll need: A Bible, a notebook, a writing utensil, an open heart
What to do:
Step 1) At the top of a blank page write the passage and passage title you are studying.
Step 2) Next, without removing the page from the notebook, fold the page in half lengthwise. Draw a line down the crease—now you have two columns on your page.
Step 3) In the left column write out, word-for-word, the scriptures that jump out at you.
Step 4) In the right hand column, next to the scripture, write out your thoughts, questions, other scripture that come to mind, song lyrics, word studies (see below), or anything else you think is relevant to the scripture.
Step 5) Once you are done journaling, write out a prayer across the full width of the next blank page. Thank the Lord for new insights and truths He has revealed to you and ask Him for the grace to obey any commands He has given you.
I love word studies because, even though God’s word is infallible and has withstood the test of time, a lot can get lost in translation. For example, in the English language we have one word for love, but in the Greek there were three words for love, each with a slightly different meaning. Looking at the original language that the books of the Bible were written in can give us a lot of insight into what their authors intended to say.
What you’ll need: a Bible, access to blueletterbible.com (BLB), an open heart
What to do:
Step 1) Once you are on the website, type the passage you are studying into the search field and select the translation you are using. Hit the search button.
Step 2) On the next page, locate the verse with the word you want to define and click tools.
Step 3) Next, click the Strong’s reference number which will lead you to the definition of the original Greek or Hebrew word in the passage.
I like to write the definition down in my double-entry journal. BLB also shows you other passages that contain the same original Greek or Hebrew word. I often read these passages as well to “feel-out” the word and explore anything else the Holy Spirit may be revealing to me.
So there they are—two simple techniques to help you have a personal and intimate time with God.
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Do you have a favorite study technique? Share it with the rest of us in the comments below.
Wife. Mom. Coffee drinker. Bible reader. Jesus believer. Plus a writer, painter, sign-maker, & furniture-flipper. That’s Kelli all summed up. Kelli is learning that Jesus and her faith in Him don’t belong in a box. Rather, He is present in every aspect of her life and her faith should be visible to all who meet her. You know, the whole “let your light shine” thing. That’s why in her little corner of the internet you’ll find her sharing about all sorts of things – from painting to parenting to praying – and how they all point back to His goodness, His grace, and His glory. Visit at KelliLafram.com or on these social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Pintrest or Twitter.
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