Tips for Truly Understanding the Bible
I know that reading and understanding the bible can be difficult for some. I can definitely relate because when I initially decided to start reading my bible it took some time for me to adjust to how it was written. As time went on, I started to do things so that I would enjoy reading and really understand what I was reading. Here are some practical tips to help you on your bible-reading journey.
Get a Journal
I bought a really nice journal that could be used to jot down any notes or questions that I may have while reading that could be answered as I continue to read, or that I can come back to. I also will write down scriptures that I can apply to my life or scriptures that I think will come in handy if I’m going through something.
Re-read chapters that you couldn’t quite grasp the first go round. Read daily devotionals and find a way to relate it back to yourself or the person you are working to become. Also, highlighting statements that really stands out is another strategy that will help whenever you need to come back to a verse. Also, if you read a chapter in a specific translation and don;t understand it, feel free to switch it. Finding the perfect translation for you will also help make reading your bible easier. New Living Translation, The Passion Translation, and The Message Version are all good starting points for beginners.
Join a Bible Study Group
Joining a bible study at your church can be very beneficial when wanting to read the bible because you’re in a group setting so you can hear other’s thoughts or questions based on the text. If you are very busy I think bible study is a great option because instead of having to make time to read your bible you have people to hold you accountable to make it to bible study every week at a specific time.
Being intentional about setting aside time throughout the week to read your bible is very important. Writing out your schedule at the beginning of each week and taking an hour or two out of your day several times a week to read your bible is essential.
Get comfortable, grab a hot drink and enjoy the word of God!
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Hi my name is Ciera Grier I’m 21 years old and I’m a 4th year Psychology major at the University of Central Florida. I’ve always been a believer of Christ but I actually got saved at 16 at a Purity conference where I made a decision to remain pure until I’m happily married.