Going on a Journey

When we took our trip to Colorado a few years ago, we prepared and gathered resources, planning how to get there, where to stay, and the things we wanted to do. Then, we boarded the bus to the airport and began to enjoy the trip. Finally, we shared our experience with others by putting our pictures and updates on social media and talking about it when we returned home.

What does a Bible study journey look like? Just like your favorite vacation, a Bible study journey begins with preparation and gathering resources. Then, you enjoy the trip. Finally, you share your experience with others.

#1 Preparation

For our vacation we made airline, rental car, and hotel reservations, arranged for someone to check on the house while we were away, accumulated tourist information and suggestions from friends, and discussed what we wanted to do.

When taking a Bible study journey, preparation begins with prayer. Ask God to help you understand His word and to help you apply it to your life. Seek advice from the Spirit of God himself. Bible study journey preparation begins with prayer.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  (James 1:5)

#2 Resources

Part of the preparation process is to choose your resources. The most important resource you need for a Bible Study Journey is The Bible. Start with a version you find easy to read (Here are some online versions.) When you are comfortable with your reading, add a couple more versions as an aid to increase your understanding.

Mark it up. Whether you color code your highlighted passages, stick with one color, or use a pen, mark the verses that jump out at you. Write notes in the margin. (There are Bibles with extra wide margins that are great for this.) Place dates next to passages that apply to a particular season of your life. Draw illustrations, charts, diagrams, or timelines—anything that helps you understand, remember, and apply what you read.

As you become more comfortable with your Bible, you may want to add other resources, such as a concordance, topical Bible, lexicon, or commentary. But remember that they are not God’s Word; the Bible is.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

#3 The Journey

Just as a physical journey can happen by plane, car, or on foot, your Bible study journey can happen through chronological readings, book or topic studies, with written Bible studies, or during casual readings. You must study and apply the plans to your life or you will go nowhere!

The how isn’t as important as doing it. This is your trip—full of plans, questions, spontaneous side trips, and delicious treats. Enjoy it!

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul…
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart…
(Psalm 19: 7-8)

#4 Share

Whenever we take trips we like to share our experience with others. We travel with others. We send postcards or share on social media. We just can’t help ourselves, we have to share our experiences. Share your journey with other women by doing a study together. Share with others what you are learning during your personal study time. Telling others about what you are learning can encourage or challenge them. It can also be a way to share Jesus with someone who doesn’t know him. Share the things you learn about God!

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…  (2 Timothy 1:7-8)

 

Where are you now? (What are you studying and how?)

If you’ve been on this journey for a while already, what is your favorite way to study?

Do you have any Bible study journey tips?

If you’re just beginning, what do you want to know or where do you want to start?

 

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International version®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

The Two Chapter Test

Whenever my children were assigned a book to read for school, I avoided arguments about whether or not they had to by implementing what I called The Two Chapter Test.

The Two Chapter Test was simple. Whenever I required a book be to read, they could not argue with me about it until they had read two chapters. Then (and only then) would I engage in a discussion about why they should or shouldn’t have to read that particular book. If their reasoning was sound (and I could justify using another resource) we would use something else.

The usual result of The Two Chapter Test was that they read the whole book without complaint. Once they had given it a chance, they were hooked.

You are probably expecting me to tell you to give the Bible The Two Chapter Test so I’ll pause here to suggest you do just that every day–give the Bible The Two Chapter (or Section or Verse) Test. See if it doesn’t leave you wanting more.

As valuable as The Two Chapter (or Section or Verse) Test may be to kick start your Bible study journey, the lesson I have recently learned is how this test applies to all areas of my life–ministry, work, fitness, homemaking, etc.

One of my children recently took a job that requires them to be away from home for the majority of the next five months. After their first day, I received a text at 1:38 am. They were convinced they had made a mistake and wanted to go home. Twenty minutes later, after telling them not to make any decision in the middle of the night and to call in the morning, I headed back to bed. When they called several hours later, Tim and I reminded them of The Two Chapter Test and encouraged them to wait until the end of the week before making any decisions–to give it the equivalent of The Two Chapter Test. Two days later they apologized for their frantic middle-of-the-night texting and said they were enjoying themselves and wanted to stay.

I realize now that I’ve approached most of life that way. Homeschooling is a prime example of how this has worked in my life. I never said I would homeschool four children all the way through (25-30 years is a long commitment). I didn’t want to read that particular “book.” I always said that we would homeschool “this year” and think about “next year”–my Two Chapter Test. Each year I would say the same thing until, before I knew it, I was finished. Once I jumped in and tried it, I just kept going until that part of my journey (the book) was done.

There have been many times when I didn’t want to do something, but once I started, I just kept going. Once I tried it, I even enjoyed the experience as a whole (not that their weren’t challenging parts to get through on occasion).

So on this life journey, I encourage you to take up the challenge currently before you and give it The Two Chapter Test. See what happens!

 

Have you ever given a life project the equivalent of The Two Chapter Test?
What happened?

Are you being led to a Two Chapter Test now?

Do you have a favorite verse that would help someone who needs to jump into a project?

Active Patience

Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow–that is patience. ∼Leo Tolstoy

Sometimes our journey with God is hard. Sometimes it seems as though we’ve struggled forever only to look around and discover we’ve barely moved. We need to look up ahead and focus on our future hope, and look beside us at the One who is there to help us. Then, we will be able to take the next step. And the next. And the next. Until we find ourselves at our destination.

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
∼2 Thessalonians 3:5

 

Welcome to
Bible Study Journey!

WHAT will you find here?


Whether you have been studying God's Word for years or are new to the whole Bible study thing, we want to provide a safe place to share and discuss what you discover in the pages of your Bible.

Here at biblestudyjourney.com you will find several sections to explore: The GPS, What to Pack, Postcards, Souvenirs, Fun Stuff, and About Us. Let's unpack those sections a bit so you know where to find the items you need for your journey.

The GPS - Bible Study

    In The GPS we will be sharing both original studies and links to other studies. We hope to have our first study available in January so check back soon for more information!

What to Pack - Bible Study Tools

    Whenever we go on a long journey, we pack items we think will be needed--shoes, toothbrush, pajamas, etc. As we prepare for our Bible Study Journey, it helps to have certain items in our bag--Bible, concordance, commentary, etc. What to Pack is where we will begin to provide links to those items.

Postcards - Blogs

    Postcards (and now social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) are how we share our journeys with others, and our Bible Study Journey is no different. Postcards is the section of our site where you will find our blogs, and our blogs are where we share our journeys with one other. The focus of our blogs will be on the journey itself--our study of God and His Word and lessons on how to dig deeper. This will be a safe place to share our insights, lessons, struggles, encouragement, and triumphs as we all journey toward a deeper relationship with God.
    New posts will be made every week. We have a family of bloggers and moderators on this journey with us. Follow us so you don't miss a thing!

Souvenirs - Apply It

    Whenever we take a journey, we bring things home with us--pictures, key chains, t-shirts, etc. The same is true of our Bible Study Journey. As we journey with God through His Word and this life, there will be things we will want to take home--things we'll need to apply to our lives.  We must apply the things we learn on our journey in order to be strong enough and wise enough for the more difficult or longer parts of the trip. Join us as we share ideas on applying what we learn.

Fun Stuff - Freebies

    We will occasionally offer free things for you to take on your journey. They will be found here.

About Us

    This section is where you will discover our mission, meet our contributors and find their stories, and be able to contact us.

Journeys are always more fun when they are shared so let's join together on a Bible Study Journey!

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be bless in what they do.
James 1:25

 

[Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International version®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™]