Learn how to get more out of your quiet time with God with these Bible study tips. Perfect for beginners and understanding how to apply the scriptures to your everyday life.
It seems like I never have time for the important stuff:
- Fun with my boys
- Time to study my Bible
I mean, I’ve gotten pretty good at reading it most days. At the very least I open my Bible app on my phone and read a few verses. But digging deep … I don’t always have the time for that.
If you can relate to not having enough time to study your Bible keep reading. I have 4 easy Bible study tips that I want to share with you.
Bible Study Tip #1: Use an Acronym
Have you seen those cute SOAP printable sheets for Bible study? A few years ago they were super popular and for good reason — it’s easy to use! All you need to know is what each of the letters stands for and in a few minutes, you can go really deep into a passage of scripture.
I used the SOAP method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) for a long time. And it served me well. But I put that to the side for another method that has really blessed me: The APPLE method.
The APPLE Bible study method:
- Attributes of God
- Promises of God
- Principles for life
- Lessons learned (or sin to avoid)
- Example to follow
The APPLE method is a little more involved than the SOAP method and it takes me about 15-20 minutes to work through a passage. But I love it! All you need is your Bible and some paper or your favorite journal.
I found out a few years ago the benefits of studying the promises of God. And I truly believe that getting to know how God is and what He wants for your life is the best way to make it through any hard season. And the APPLE method helps me focus on those things.
Bible Study Tips #2 & #3: Verse Mapping and Word Study
One thing that can really be a struggle when it comes to Bible study is trying to understand exactly what the scriptures are saying. This was something that I battled with when I was trying to read from the King James Version.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with good old King James but for me by the time I figured out how to say the words in the scripture I had no energy (or desire) left to figure out what it meant.
If you have this same struggle it doesn’t have to keep you stuck from growing.
There’s an easy solution that works no matter what version of the Bible you read or how long you’ve been a Christian: Word study and Verse Mapping!
These two methods of studying the Bible have really helped me study and understand the precious words of scripture. And they are pretty easy to do. All you need is access to a dictionary and a concordance.
- The basics of a word study involved looking up the original word that was used (in either Hebrew or Greek) and then seeing what it meant when it was used. A Bible dictionary is great for this!
- With verse mapping, you want to look up definitions of keywords in the scripture to help you understand what it means. You can use a regular dictionary for this which is great because you can plug in the meanings of each word and suddenly have a whole new grasp of a verse or passage.
The best thing is that each of these methods can be done in as little as 10 minutes.
Bible Study Tip #4: Topical Bible Study
Once I had a handle on those quick and easy methods of studying my Bible I wanted more. I wanted to go deeper and I wanted to be able to take the things that I was learning and actually walk it out in real life.
That’s when I tried a topical study of the Bible.
This has become my favorite way to study my Word by far! It combines the things that I love about the APPLE method, word study and verse mapping in a way that helps me to have a complete understanding of how to be a doer of the Word.
Have you ever tried a topical study?
The basic idea is that you want to spend time reading every single verse the Bible has on a specific subject or topic. Doing this really gives you a clear picture of not only what the topic means but how to take that meaning and apply it to your life.
- If you struggle with shame, a topical study can help you understand the truth about shame, what God wants you to know about shame and how to get to free from that bondage once and for all.
- Fear, anger, and worry are also great topics to study this way. It helps you to understand what it looks like when you are afraid, what God has to offer as the solution to that emotion and why you don’t ever have to worry about it again.
- Struggling with finances? A topical study on money will help you to find and understand the biblical principles surrounding money so you can become a better steward of what God has given you. Or it will help you to see God as the provider that He promises to be.
The thing that I love about a topical study is that I can find connections and truths that I never thought of before. I’ve been doing a topical study on Trust for the past few months as I work on a new book. And I have been blown away by all that God is revealing to me about this topic. The truth really does set you free!
Do you know how many words there are for trust in the entire Bible?
I do, I learned about each one during my topical study.
I know that studying every single verse on a topic can seem like an impossible task. I assure you it isn’t. And it doesn’t take a long time. I’ve been working on my current study for a few months but it still only takes me 10-15 minutes a day.
I learned each of these tips in the course Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days! 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 that don’t take up a lot of time!