On Sunday mornings, we have been studying what The Bible has to say about… Well, The Bible. We’ve talked about believing the bible, studying the bible and teaching the bible to others. Here are a few tips that have helped me in my personal pursuit of intimacy with God…
- Get a study bible. – I like the ESV Study Bible, but there are a lot of good ones out there. Don’t be discouraged by the prices. Think of it more as an investment into the most important parts of your life than just buying a book.
- Don’t be scared to mark and highlight in your bible. – Underline verses that really stick out to you, write down things you hear God speaking to you in the margins, highlight verses you want to easily be able to find again.
- Get a journal – Buy a notebook of some sort and write down what God is showing you while you are reading. Also, write out the verses that you highlight. It will help you remember them!
- Use an easy to read translation. – I often hear people say they don’t read the bible because they can’t understand it. I would recommend that you read from the English Standard Version (ESV) or New American Standard Bible (NASB). Also, the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) and New Living Translation (NLT) are good for teenagers or new Christians. They are written on an 8th grade reading level and are easy to read.
- Don’t get discouraged when you don’t understand something. – Write down your questions or passage you didn’t understand. Then, email your pastor or community group leader to see if they have any insights or resources to help you better understand.
What sort of tips would you share with someone trying to get into God’s Word? Comment below.