I remember that season like it was yesterday. I had just begun my relationship with the Lord. There was a woman in my church who took me under her wing and taught me how to study God’s Word for myself. Those days were so precious to me. I grew so much in my knowledge and understanding of my Heavenly Father. Since that time, I’ve always felt like it’s important for Christian women to know how to use different Bible study methods and how to apply them. These systems are so helpful in taking us deeper in Bible study and, as a result, our knowledge of God.
How to Go Deeper in Bible Study
God wants to be known by us. Therefore, I believe He is pleased with the efforts we make to study His Word deeply. Here are some helpful tips for going deeper in your knowledge of God’s Word.
Have a plan
Whether it’s using a specific bible study method, reading plan, or a women’s daily devotion, it’s important for us to have some kind of strategy for digging deeply into God’s word and applying it to our lives. Having a plan and strategy helps us to stay focused.
When seeking to understand and study God’s Word, one of the best things you can do to remain faithful and consistent is to find another person or a group to keep you accountable.
There have been seasons when I’ve needed to ask a friend to text me a few times a week asking me what God is teaching me in His Word that week.
Also, there have been times when I was part of a group that was studying God’s Word together. This gave me accountability, knowing that I would be having weekly discussions with these other women.
Ask the Holy Spirit to Lead You
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take from Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; this is why I said that He takes from Mine and will disclose it to you.” – John 16:13-15
25 “These things I have spoken to you while remaining with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you. – John 14:25-26
We have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. He is able to lead us into all truth. I think we so often miss or overlook so much when we study God’s Word because we forget to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us.
As we study the Bible, we need to acknowledge the Spirit and His role in illuminating our minds to see, discern, and understand God’s truth. He is our teacher and counselor.
4 Methods of Studying the Bible in 2021
Here are a few different methods of Bible study. If you are looking for something new or you are just beginning to study God’s Word for yourself, here are a few Bible study methods you should try.
Studying the Bible Book by Book
A great way to study God’s word is going book by book and chapter by chapter. Simply choose a book of the Bible, then do an in-depth study of each chapter.
Topical Bible Study Method
A topical study is when you study the different passages in the Bible about a specific topic. For instance, you could do a topical study on marriage. Do a google search or use a Bible study tool such as Blue Letter Bible to find the different passages of scripture about marriage.
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My one bit of advice for doing topical studies is to make sure you look at each verse in its context. I would even suggest reading the whole chapter in which the specific verse is found. When seeking to interpret a verse, we must understand it within its context.
For example, I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about what the Bible says about judging others because so many of the verses on this subject are taken out of the context in which they are written.
The topical method of Bible study is great as long as it’s done correctly!
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