When starting a bible study, everyone does it differently! Everyone has their own highlighting code, writing notes, and reading. Some follow a book while others dive into the good word and do chapter by chapter! How I wish I could just dive in and know what everything means! I can’t tell you how inspiring that is when I see that happen or when people rattle off scripture off the top of their head word for word.
However I found 5 things that are must haves when starting studying regardless of how you study or with whom you study. Honestly they are blunt and obvious!
When staring your journey you really need the obvious! There are many different versions out there, but they all mean the same! I started with an NIV or a NIrV, to me the NIrV is the simplest text when reading. A friend of mine said a lot of children’s bibles are in this text which makes sense! So yeah I read a kids bible starting out, it’s straight to the point, but if you can understand or prefer the standard version or king James version then by all means be my guest.
I love, love, love highlighting scriptures and verses that mean a lot to me! Whether it be from a devotional book (what I call bible studies for alone time), a life group at a local church, online groups, or Sunday sermons; highlighting can help you understand his word better. Most highlighter sets come with a color code on which color means or should be used as what! I use Studio Series Bible Highlighters, they are wonderful to use, they don’t bleed through and easy on the pages. However I, for my personal preference tweaked the color coding for my personal fit! I also have a flags and sticky notes code I stick too.
You can use normal highlighters but I would highly suggested you don’t. Bible highlighters are made specific for bibles.
Other than the obvious you need a journal, so you can write down what stands out to you or using the S.O.A.P method to further your knowledge on his word. I use composition note books because they are dirt cheap, I get them for 50 cents a book. I do have a couple of fancy journals that I have purchased for certain devotionals and groups I’ve been in. I love composition notebooks.
A Devotional or Plan
Next to important you need something to guide you to proper reading and following along. There are many different kinds of devotionals and bible reading plans out there with different themes and categories! I tend to stay with parent ones, mom’s devotionals, and marriage/wife devotionals. Now if purchasing a brand new book is too much you have two roads you can take, one is ask your local church if they get book donations or look for a printable bible reading plans. I have found over the couple of months some good ones on Pinterest to screenshot and follow along! Also Try Thriftbooks they have a lot of good stuff for half the price!
Here is a list of some of my favorite devotionals and good reads!
- The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick
- The Love Dare for Parents by Alex Kendrick
- Coffee Mom’s Devotional by Celeste Palermo
- No More Perfect Mom’s by Jill Savage
Not many find this important to have for Bible Study but always start your session in reading with a prayer. Ask for wisdom and understanding when reading the Lord’s book and ask for the Holy spirit to be your muse! I tend to ask to help me understand what it is I am to be reading and how to apply it personally. Why? Well I could read the same scripture 5 years from now and apply it differently because of the season I am in.
Now there are a couple of other items that you need like a Pen or pencil, some time and space to do a bible study, and a place! I like doing my studies at night when the kids are asleep or at a local coffee shop when I get alone time!