Of course, she is reading it for the challenge and not for the studying at this point, but how does one study the Bible and why would we?
First of all I believe in my heart that studying the Bible will make me a stronger Christian the more I read it. It will give me more confidence in the power of prayer and help produced in me peace and calmness. It will also help me to focus on Jesus Christ and the purpose I am here for and lastly, I believe if I study the Bible, it will add to my success as a person!
So, you want to know how to start? Here is my quick guide:
1- Read Daily
2- Set a regular reading time & stick with it (15 minutes of reading and 15 study works for me)
3- Set a goal for reading...I will do this for the next 365 days
4- Set a place....mine is my desk in the early morning (I am working on getting a small shower or mediatation chair so I can resume my prayers in my prayer closet!)
5- Read with a pencil or highlighter (I use colored pencils**) and when you see something underline it or write your notes in a notebook!
6- Keep a daily spiritual journal.
A few years back, I received a Bible Marking Legend from Dr. James McDonald and I follow his guide:
Green- God's word calls for me to grow.
Blue- God's word tells me about who He is and about His word.
Purple- Wow! God has given me a special insight here.
Brown- God's Word describes the spiritual realm or spiritual warfare.
Yellow- God's Word gives me a glimpse of heaven and my eternal hope.
Orange- God's Word brings comfort.
Red- God's Word reveals Christ's atoning work.
Pink- God's Word Instructs me about relationships.
Of course, you can use whatever colors work for you, but the point is, read the Bible, make notes and refer to them often.
Still confused and wondering where to start and Genesis isn't exactly what you are looking for ?
Why not try this:
- Read 1st John 7 times and write daily notes on what you read. Use a different page and when you are done read through all your notes, you will be amazed at how differently you write each day.
- Gospel of John twice:
- Gospel of Mark Twice
- Philippians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Read one per day.
Have a blessed and relaxed Sunday!