Struggling to read/study the Bible?
I really believe that there is nothing more important in a Christians life than spending time with God, listening for his voice and living out what we hear. We don’t need to go to great, great lengths to hear God’s words for us. The Bible is God breathed. The Bible is God speaking to us.
There is a great episode on the SUNI Schools Podcast called ‘Connecting’. These are some of the ideas talked about on the Podcast. Hopefully, you will find yourself drawn to one or more of these helpful ways of engaging with God’s Word.
LIKE TO DRAW? Take a passage. Think about. Draw out what you read. This is good if you’re artistic.
LIKE TO TALK? Are you a conversationalist? A chatter? A talker? Meet once a week with a group of friends. Bring passages you’re reading. Talk about it over coffee/tea…
LIKE TO WRITE AND SCRIBBLE STUFF DOWN? Graffiti your thoughts as you read a passage. Write around it. Print off the passage (biblegateway.com). Put it in a good font. Read it and ‘scribble around’ it. Scribble thoughts. Underline words that strike you. Circle phrases that are repeated. Exclamation marks where God speaks a message directly to the people in the passage. Put a star at the bits you really like in the passage. Engage with the words.
LIKE TECHNOLOGY? LIKE LISTENING TO STUFF ON YOUR COMPUTER/IPOD? Listen to good podcasts/messages online…SUNI Schools Podcast is a good place to start! You can even find audio versions of the Bible if you would rather listen than read…find a good one.
LIKE TO JOURNAL? Thinking things over alot in your mind and writing your thoughts down in a journal is maybe something you do… why not read a passage, grab your journal, grab a pen…and spill out your thoughts. Write your thoughts down, speak to your journal. Write down your thoughts on questions like ‘what does this passage mean for me’? Develop it to make it a prayer journal…
I hope something here is useful. Try some of these things out. Have you any other helpful hints or ideas? What good podcasts have you listened to? Leave some comments.