Bible Study Made Super Simple
Would you like to learn how Bible study is made super simple? Today my friend, Kelli LaFram is sharing how. I met her through an online Bible study several months ago. I love how grounded in the Word and friendly she is. Enjoy!
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 NASB
Bible Study: Made Super Simple
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.
For Bible Study Made Simple Try Double-Entry Journal
What you’ll need
- a Bible
- a notebook
- writing utensil
- an open heart
How do study the Bible with the double-entry journal method?
- At the top of a blank page write the passage and passage title you are studying.
- 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.
- In the left column write out, word-for-word, the scriptures that jump out at you.
- 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.
- 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.
For Bible Study Made Simple Use Word Studies
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.org (BLB)
- an open heart
How do I study the Bible using word studies?
- 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.
- On the next page, locate the verse with the word you want to define and click tools.
- 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. Blue Letter Bible 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.What if Bible study could be made simple—super simple—so simple you could do it on your own? @KelliLafram #DailyTime #ThrivingInChrist Click To Tweet
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 her at quietlyreminded.com
These are great! Sometimes bible study gets so built up that we don’t think we have time! These break it down and makes me want to dig in for myself! I’m so glad I stopped by from #RaRaLinkup
I’m blessed to see you here two weeks in a row, Nicole! I hope you dig into Bible study soon and try out these tips!
Hi Nicole, these really are simple and the more often you use them, the easier/quicker they become. I hope you come back and tell us what you think after you use them.
WOW! Thanks for introducing me to Blue Letter Bible. I thought I knew all the online Bible Study tools. Clearly not 🙂
Hi Sherry! BLB is a great resource and it has so much more than just word study tools. It also has great Bible commentaries from many trusted Bible scholars and pastors.
I have it bookmarked 🙂 Thanks so much!
Great to see you here, Sherry! Kelli and I are Blue Letter Bible junkies. 😉 It’s by far my favorite. I think you’re going to love it!
I can only imagine 🙂
Great tips! Word study is one of my favorite ways to study the Bible! The column idea is something I’ve never heard of before, but it sounds like a great way to teach my high school girls how to start studying the Bible.
The double-entry journal is actually a study technique I learned in college for writing research papers. Using it to study the Bible is far less stressful. 😉
That’s wonderful that you are teaching those girls how to start studying the Bible. And how cool that God used this post to show you some more tips. Blessings to you, Casey!
Loved reading this because I just love trying out different techniques and tools when it comes to bible study
I’m so glad it was helpful to you, Valerie. Please come back and let us know how it worked out after you try them.
Wow, I LOVE this two page Bible study technique. (The first one mentioned.) I’d never seen that. There is such power in copying scripture, but you’re doubling the benefit here with this technique. My favorite way to do Bible study is verse mapping. I don’t mean to spam anyone. I just can’t resist adding my link, which I normally never do in a comment. 🙂 http://faithspillingover.com/2016/01/19/a-creative-way-to-unlock-more-of-the-bible/
So glad you can add another method to your studying. Thanks for sharing about the Bible mapping method. That is another great technique! Praying you stay nourished and thriving as you try out these tips this week, Betsy!
What a helpful post! I usually use a list format, but I really like the two-column idea. And I will check out the Blue Letter Bible link too. Thanks!
Glad you found it helpful, Sarah! There are so many fun ways to dig into the Word. I think you will find BLB useful, too. Thanks for stopping by, and praying you stay nourished and thriving!
Great suggestions! I’m going to try both ways. I haven’t used blueletterbible before so I’m going to check that out too!
Great to see you here, Julie! I hope you will like trying out these tips, and I think you will love BLB! It is so easy to use and has so much. Happy studying! 🙂
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