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.
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)
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)
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?
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