“and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
-Ephesians 6:17 (ESV)
I remember growing up and going to department stores where they would sell cute wooden plaques with the fanciest lettering I had ever seen. I would read these plaques that wrote out the words from popular verses such as, Philippians 4:13 and 1 Corinthians 13:13. At the time, I had no idea what they meant, where they came from, and why people would want to buy these. I thought they were just decorations for the longest time. As you could have guessed, some time passed and I finally became aware of where these encouraging words were derived from. Yep, the Bible. Fast forwarding a couple years, who knew the Bible and those words on a plaque would become the story of my life.
Scrolling through Instagram and sitting through a sermon at youth group, us teens are constantly encouraged to read the Bible, dwell in the Bible, and live out our lives according to the Book. So here I was, in the beginning of my journey with Christ, attending my youth group with my newly purchased pink Bible, learning about all the miraculous things Jesus did and everything He is. I was excited. But, I was faced with the challenge of reading the Bible at home. Um, how?
Was there a right way to read the Bible? How and where do I even start? These questions swirled around in my head. That is why I am writing this post. For you - the new Christian, the Christian who has grown up in the church, anyone who has a desire to read the Bible but may need some help doing that.
I think its super important to know that reading the Bible is one of the ways we grow in our walk with Christ. The Bible is our sword that allows us to defeat the enemy, learn about the history behind our lives, and most importantly it is a way to connect with Our Father. The Bible is our foundation that guides us and teaches us how to be faithful Christians, according the God. Because it is crucial to our growth, I wanted to give you a simple tool to help you dissect the Word and have the opportunity to apply it to your life.
We are so excited you are taking this step in your faith! Remember, this tool is just an outline we have created to help you. Feel free to customize it and make it yours!
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
First, let’s draw the cross or the “t.” This symbolizes giving thanks to the Lord. By saying a simple prayer, thanking God for the blessings in your life, it prepares your heart and reveals the power of gratitude. After reading, ask God to change your heart and follow his word faithfully.
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col. 4:2
Next, let’s starts reading!! You can write “observe” in the first section (left, upper box). After writing this, you can read your chosen passage, book, or verse for the first time. I encourage you to just read the passage to introduce yourself and become familiar with what you’re reading today.
Thirdly, lets write “interpret” in the next section (right, upper box). After reading the passage the first time, lets read it a second time. However, let’s try to dissect the passage by writing down anything that stood out to you. I like to write a specific verse that really spoke to me. In this moment, you can also highlight important words or phrases.
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” -Luke 11:28
Next, lets apply it to our lives! After reading and interpreting what you read, we can apply what we learned to our lives. Here is a tip: look for specific words like “do not...” and do…” These jump out at us because God is directly instructing us what to do and what not do.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” -Romans 10:17
Now, I told you I like to pick out a certain verse that stands out to me. This is perfect for the last part entitled “memorize.” Memorizing scripture is essential. For example, a friend asks you for advice about what Philippians 4:13 says. Boom. You knew it because you read it AND memorized it. Tip: write the first letter of each word in the verse on your hand.
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” -Deuteronomy 6:7-9
I pray this tool helps you in your walk with God. I challenge you to read the Bible every day!
Lots of love from your girl,
I'm Bianca Herrera (aka B), a 2017 GLAM Camp for Girls intern. My passion is helping girls realize that they are beautiful and that beauty comes from Christ. I love dancing, eating weird foods, and all things gold. You can probably catch me hanging out with some type of animal. Always remember to stay classy!