I love when I get questions from people who want to grow in their walk with God! I received this question from a person this week about her desire to understand the Bible more. It excited me so much I thought I would share the person’s question and my response with the Back Seat Leader Community. I really appreciated this question, because sometimes we assume everybody should know how to read their bible and actually enjoy it, but in reality we all at times have struggled with implementing this extremely important spiritual discipline in our daily lives.
A Great Question
“Okay, I have some questions and I am hoping you can help me. I grew up in the church and learned a lot, of course, but I don’t have the “people” of the bible knowledge like “stories” and who did what etc. God has been prompting me to get deeper in the word and I know that I am a disciple, but I think the best thing I heard recently was that I have a hard time bringing people to Christ and or praying for people because I do not spend the proper amount of time with God or the word. I pray A LOT, but I don’t study and when I read the bible, it’s a good thing, but it doesn’t sink in like I think it is supposed to! With that said, where do I start?”
A Practical Answer
1. Commit to Reading the Bible Cover to Cover in a Year – If you have a smartphone download YouVersion and choose a Bible Reading Plan. You might want to start off with a New Testament reading plan. You will not understand everything…it takes a lifetime. Don’t get discouraged and make it the first thing you do in the morning when you get up. The more you read the hungrier you will get. This year I’m listening to the audio as I read to keep me at a steady pace. Really enjoying it and you get to hear how things are really pronounced!
2. Purchase 30 Days to Understanding the Bible – I read this book last year. I wish I would have known about it years ago. Great book no matter how long you have been a Christian. It really will lay a foundation for a lifetime of study of the most important book ever written!
3. Start a Journal or a BLOG – I’ve used Wayne Cordeiro’s SOAP method from his book The Divine Mentor to get me started (See Below). I love journaling and blogging and then going back and rereading the things God has spoken to me. This has really helped me tune into God’s voice as I’m reading the Bible.
Scripture: write down a verse that you highlighted or spoke to you that morning
Observation: what about the scripture jumped out at you
Application: how can you apply the scripture to your life
Prayer: turn the scripture into a prayer that you can pray.
This is a plan that I know works. Let me know how it goes!
Do you have some other suggestions for The Back Seat Leader community to enhance their study and enjoyment of the Bible? Please share!