Learning how to study the bible is very important for growing your faith, especially during hard times.
I have a confession to make: I used to think that I wasn’t smart enough to study the Bible.
Growing up I struggled to read the King James Version of scripture. The words were foreign and hard to pronounce. I didn’t enjoy reading the Bible and I couldn’t understand any of it on my own.
I was dependent on other people to tell me what the verses meant. I didn’t like that. It made me feel stupid.
How in the world was I supposed to teach my boys to love the Word if I couldn’t understand it or love it myself?
I tried different versions of the Bible and reading it got easier but I still struggled to understand and apply it to my situation.
I knew that the answers to my questions were inside the pages of that precious book. But it seemed unreachable.
Can I share something personal with you? My lack of knowledge and understanding of the Bible made me vulnerable in more ways that one.
Because I was so dependent on others to explain the Word to me I was an easy target for spiritual abuse. People twisted scriptures and used their version of the Word to manipulate and control me. To keep me under their thumb.
That was a scary way to live. Especially when I didn’t realize it was happening. I ended up with a faulty view of God and a shallow faith that left me searching for validation and love in the worst places.
Studying the Bible was my ticket to freedom! It was how I was able to see the truth and reclaim my life.
The more that I studied the more I understood the truth of God’s character and His love for me. I knew that He wanted good things for me and that I was valuable. The more that I understood the more that I wanted to understand more.
Studying my Bible saved my life!
I no longer need someone else to tell me what God has to say about my life or my situation. I can read it for myself. I can explain it to someone else and point them in the right direction to study for themselves.
I no longer feel stupid or ashamed. I’m not confused by the words on the page because I know that God will reveal all things to me if I take the time to study and ask Him.
God lives in the pages of the Bible and I love getting to know Him through the Word.
Learning How to Study the Bible Made Easy
Learning how to study the Bible has been vital to my spiritual growth especially during hard times. Being in the word of God is what showed me the truth about who I am, how to manage my emotions and how to find hope and peace in any situation.
All of that has been great but even more than that I have accomplished something that I thought was impossible: I can understand the Bible on my own. I don’t need someone else to tell me what the scriptures mean or to read them to me. I am able to dig deep into the Word for myself and I’m learning so much about my God in the process.
I took this course recently and it really helped me understand the many different ways that I can study the Bible.
Here’s the Cliffs Notes version of what you need to know about the class:
- Bible Study Methods is taught by Arabah Joy and it’s a short class that packs a BIG punch faith-wise
- It’s easy to follow and implement (I did the whole course in one day)
- She teaches you step by step 7 different ways to study the Bible
- You don’t need anything special to take this course. Just your computer (or phone) and a willing heart.
Learning to Study the Bible takes Work
Learning to study the Bible didn’t come easily to me. Honestly, if it weren’t for the methods I learned in Arabah Joy’s Bible Study Methods course I would likely still feel like I wasn’t smart enough to understand God’s word.
I was stuck in my spiritual growth because I thought I was too stupid to understand the scriptures.
I used to have these grand goals and plans and then never get around to them. You know, because I would try the first day and then feel overwhelmed and give up.
I would tackle deep in depth Bible studies without thinking about the time commitment it would take to finish it.
I gave up at one point because I figured I just wasn’t meant to successfully study the Bible.
Thank the Lord that’s not the end of my story. Thanks to a random post about verse mapping and another on word studies I was able to see that it didn’t have to take hours and a Ph.D. to understand the Bible.
Arabah Joy helped me see how easy and fun it is to dig into God’s word. She showed me 7 simple ways to study. Here’s a quick tutorial on verse mapping one of the methods from the course:
If it weren’t for the breakthrough in my faith … I could never have made it through the most difficult trial of my life.
I learned the hard way though… I tried methods but gave up too soon. I took on too much at a time. I had such a negative mindset that I convinced myself that I would never be able to understand even before I got started.
You don’t have to struggle like I did! You can skip right to the easy way to learn to study the Bible.
A Quick and Easy Way to Study the Bible
I know that one thing that really held me stuck in Bible study was feeling like I didn’t have enough time to actually do it.
I pictured myself surrounded by commentaries, dictionaries, and notebooks not coming up for air for hours. I just couldn’t do that.
Well, I’ve learned that that isn’t true. We can study the Bible in a deep and meaningful way in the small pockets of time that we have. Here’s one example:
Verse mapping is also a great jumping off point for other methods of reading and studying your Bible. You could do a word study, topical study, write out prayers, and even create a reading plan all from mapping out one verse!
How you can Learn to Study the Bible
Arabah Joy has an online course called Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days. It teaches you step-by-step how to study your Bible with confidence and ease. She even gives you a Bible study to practice on.
If you are looking for a way to learn more about the Bible, God and yourself then you would be crazy not to get this course! Yes, it’s just that good.
I don’t want you to just get the course, though. I want you to take it seriously. Watch each of the daily videos and work your way through the Bible study. Really put your heart and soul into this. I have worked my way through the class and I can’t encourage you enough.
If you put in the work for a week you will be amazed at much your faith grows!
Here’s what’s covered in the course:
- 7 daily videos— one for each day of the course. In these videos, Arabah Joy will show you exactly how to do each Bible study method, step by step.
- The 7 Bible study methods we’ll cover are the
- Topical Bible Study Method
- TASTE Bible Study Method
- Verse Mapping
- Chapter Analysis Bible Study Method
- APPLE Bible Study Method
- Lectio Divina and
- Word Bible Study Method
- A comprehensive workbook outlining all 7 methods.
- Printable worksheets for each of the methods. These printable templates walk you step-by-step through each process.
- A Bible Coding Guide Bookmark to help you mark the passages you study
- The Study the Word: Ephesians Plan beautifully combines all seven Bible study methods to create a rich and exciting deep dive into the book of Ephesians… in just six weeks!
I want to learn to study the Bible, is this class right for me?
If you are looking for help with studying the Bible, feel like you don’t have enough time to study the Bible or are looking for a way to try something new with your devotion time this class is definitely for you.
You’ll also need at least 20 minutes a day for a week to watch the videos and work your way through the practice worksheets.
This may not be a good fit for you if you are not a beginner when it comes Bible study. If you are already comfortable with the methods in the course then this isn’t for you.
For everyone else … I think you’ll love Bible Study Methods!
Is the class worth it?
Yes! I would never recommend anything that I wouldn’t use myself. Yes, it’s worth it.
You have to do the work in order to see the results, but there isn’t a doubt in my mind that if you take the class, you’ll see a huge transformation of your bible study time.
You can sign up for Bible Study Methods here.
Arabah Joy made it possible for me to grow my faith stronger than before. I truly love studying my Bible now. She showed me that I can do it! Being able to study the Word for myself has brought me so close to God and helped me become a stronger prayer warrior!
It’s so hard for me to imagine what my life would be like if I never learned these skills. I would truly be in a bad spot spiritually, mentally and emotionally for sure!
If you are looking for a way to learn to study the Bible, grow your faith and get closer to God you need to get this course today!