10 CREATIVE BIBLE
10 CREATIVE BIBLE READING METHODS
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1. Choose a Bible version that’s understandable and easy to read.
Here’s the flat-out truth: If we don’t understand it, we won’t read it.
The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek. One of the earliest translations to English was the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, but today we have a variety of versions to choose from. Some translations focus on being more precise and are best for Bible study, while others focus on readability and are great for devotions.
If you’re a beginner, recommend the New International Version (NIV) Bible. A lot of Pastors use the NIV Bible. To purchase a Bible over the internet we recommend Christian Book. Com here.
Some of the other popular, easier-to-read translations include New International Version (NIV), New American Standard (NAS), New Living Translation (NLT), English Standard Version (ESV), New King James Version (NKJV).
You can also download a Bible app like YouVersion here or read the Bible at Bible Gateway online in several languages from around the world. This makes it possible for you to choose the best Bible version for you. These are great tools for beginners and veterans alike.
2. Find a quiet place where you can be alone with God.
A quiet "time" is important too. The fewer distractions, the better. Some of you may have such busy lives that you need to fit it in whenever you can. This is totally normal! Make sure that whatever time you decide to read your Bible that you are in a place where you can focus and reflect on God’s Word. If you miss some days, do not try to catch up. Simply pick up where you left off.
3. You don’t have to start at the beginning.
The Bible contains 66 separate books compiled into one book. The 39 books of the Old Testament are the story of God and his people before the coming of the Jesus.
The 27 books of the New Testament pick up the story beginning with the birth of Jesus. If you’re new to the Bible, the best place to start is the Gospel of John. This book (the fourth book in the New Testament) is John’s eyewitness account of the life of Jesus. As one of Jesus’ closest disciples, John’s account is both riveting and informative.
We highly recommend our 70 Bible Reading Plans here designed to fit individual needs from 21 days to one year plans to be successful for those with busy schedules.
Plan 1 Beginners Bible Reading Plan – Gospel of John - 21 days 5 minutes a day here.
Plan 2. New Christians Reading Plan - Gospel of John – 21 days 15 to 20 minutes a day more information here or sign up here for 21 guides sent once a day by email for 21 days here.
John’s purpose in writing is to help us believe, making it the ideal place to start. “These things were written to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
Plans 3 to 70 here from New to the Bible to 2 Week Bible Reading Plans, Blended Reading Plans, Classic Reading Plans, New Christian, Children’s & Family Reading Plans, Mature Christians and much more here.
4. Pick a book of the Bible and work your way through it.
If you’re anything like me, you need a Bible reading plan or you’ll waste precious minutes thumbing through the Bible, never quite landing. So pick one book of the Bible and read a little each day, one chapter, perhaps.
For example, if you read one chapter of the Gospel of John a day, (which will take no more than 5-10 minutes) you’ll read John in its entirety in 21 days. Check out our two reading plans on Gospel of John #1 and #2 at our Bible Reading Plans here.
After reading the Gospel of John, move on to the other gospels –
Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Next read Philippians, Ephesians, and Colossians, which provide practical encouragement and instruction for living the Christian life.
Next Romans is jam-packed with essential doctrine. Genesis explains how everything began. Psalms are filled with heartfelt prayers that offer encouragement for every season of life.
Work your way through one book at a time, and you’ll never find yourself fumbling for where to read again.
IMPORTANT: We have a Bible Reading Plan for everyone here.
We have assorted free Bible Reading Plans for everyone here.
From 21, 31, 45, and 90 days long and many one year plans. Each plan is designed for the individual and your spiritual success in reading God’s Word (The Bible).
5. Begin your time with prayer.
Pause before you open your Bible and ask God to speak to you. Remember, the Bible is God’s Word; it is God’s love letter written to His people, which includes you.
Ask God to help you understand His Word. Ask God to use His Word to teach you, to direct you and even to re-direct you, when necessary. Ask Him to use His Word to help you know Him and love Him.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find Me, if you seek Me with all your heart.” God loves to reveal himself to those who seek Him.
6. Read a little every day.
Read Scripture, think about it, pray about it, and take notes on what you learn. Then review and read more. You'll be amazed at how God will speak to you through His Word.
Getting God’s Word into your life doesn’t have to take long. Start small—five or 10 minutes is better than none. Sometimes less is more, especially when reading less means you’ll actually remember more.
Chose a time and place that’s convenient for you. Many people read their Bible first thing in the morning, choosing to spend time with God before daily distractions get in the way. But if mornings are not your thing, don’t sweat it.
That you read God’s Word is more important than when you read God’s Word.
7. Write it down.
As you read the Bible ask two questions:
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about how I should live?
No doubt, as you read you’ll find one or two verses that seem to leap off the page. Maybe they speak to an issue you’ve been grappling with; maybe they answer a long-held question; maybe they give you comfort or encouragement; maybe they provide an example to follow or avoid.
When a verse resonates with you, stop and write it down, word for word. Pause to let the message sink in because these words are God’s words to you. This practice has cemented God’s Word into my thoughts in countless ways.
Sometimes I keep the verse with me throughout the day when I am walking, driving, cooking... Sometimes I ask God to help me remember it when I need it. Sometimes I memorize it. Be intentional about getting God’s Word into your thoughts and you’ll soon see your relationship with God thrive and your life change.
Stay focused on what God is saying through his Word that intersects with your everyday life. This is not about speculation, private interpretations or manipulating God’s Word to say what you want it to say. This is about bringing Christ to your everyday life based on the truth of God’s Word rightly interpreted.
The more you expose yourself to the Bible, the more it will expose itself to you!
The Bible was never meant to merely inform us; the Bible was meant to transform us.
8. Have a simple plan of action for how to study the Bible & where to begin.
A simple Bible study method using the acronym S.O.A.P. is very easy to remember and follow to give you a start! It can be used with any daily Bible reading plan.
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to today’s reading (according to whatever plan you are following here). Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation
What struck you and caught your attention in what you read?
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture?
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight into what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
Another Simple Bible Reading Method You Can Use
The following is a bible reading method. It is very simple: Pray, Read, Think, Pray.
9. Gather a few tools.
Pencil or pen, paper or notebook, Bible. You may want to use a Bible Commentary, Topical Bible’s and Dictionaries here to help you locate verses on a certain topic in which you're interested or Bible character. Others may include using a preplanned Bible Plan. They are designed for a successful Bible reading for you. At our sister website, we have Online Bible study tools can also help you learn how to study the Bible.
10. Take Action - Just Do It - Challenge Yourself!
The Bible is the main source of our knowledge about God. It is His inspired and authoritative Word that has the power to build faith, hope, and truth into our lives. The following successful Daily Bible Reading Programs will help you to work through the Bible systematically so that the Word of God dwells richly in your life and produces joy in your heart.
We have free plans for each individual situation from 5 minutes to 20 minutes a day, from 21-day plans to one-year plans. For those with busy schedules, to those that are new or consider themselves a Christian veteran, for those that are slow readers or fast readers, we have a plan for each individual here.
Take Action - Just Do It - Challenge Yourself!
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