Tips for effective Bible reading

September 13th, 2008

Over the years I have learned a few things that have helped me in my Bible reading. Today I thought I would share a few of them.

  1. Pray first – I always ask God to help me understand what I am reading and that He will speak to me through it. I also ask to help me put what I learn in to practice.

  2. Read in context – I try to make sure I don’t just read one verse in isolation. I try to read a few verses either side to get the full picture. In some cases I read the whole chapter to understand the flow of it.

  3. Discuss it with others – I try to talk with other people about passages I have read. Some times God can give you different perspectives on a text through other peoples eyes.

  4. Write it in a journal – I try to write down anything that I get from a particular passage or verse. That was I can refer back to it and learn from it again. Some of the things I learn I write about on this blog too!

  5. Try a different translation – Sometimes reading a passage in a different translation might give a new perspective on the text. Sometimes a paraphrase version might say it in a different way.

  6. Use Bible tools – I have several Bible dictionaries and Bible commentaries that help me with difficult passages. These help me to call on the wisdom of Bible scholars who have studied the Bible in great depth.

  7. Ask questions – Questions can help understand the text. What the writer was saying to the people at the time? Was there a problem or an issue? What was the solution? What does it mean to us today?

  8. Don’t rush it – Sometimes I just don’t understand the passage first time I read it or I miss something. I read it through several times and then spend some time just thinking about it.

I hope these tips you you to be more effective in your Bible reading. Happy reading!

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