RORY REPORT: Tips and tricks for studying the Bible


Rory Dee For The Leaf-Chronicle

1:49 p.m. CT March 3, 2017

I will openly admit it. I am horrible at keeping up with my own Bible study. I’m on the worship team at church, I go to a Sunday night teens Bible study, I attend Relevant (Wednesday night youth group), but when it comes to doing these things on my own… I’m not so great. I often find an excuse to not read my Bible or worship, like, “Oh, I’m just too busy right now.” In reality, I’m probably not.

Here’s the thing, reading the Bible is life-giving! Plus, let’s be honest, if I can read the entire Harry Potter series then surely, I can read a chapter or two of my Bible every day. It’s not difficult.

Something that can be difficult though, is figuring out where to start! There are so many books in the Bible, and I’m supposed to read them all eventually, but where should I begin?! I’ve struggled with this for a long time. I used to be somewhat scattered and just read whatever I felt like that day. I would wake up and read Psalm 100 (Honestly because it’s short) one day and the next I’d read a chapter of Habakkuk or Zephaniah because the names sound funny. The length and how funny a book’s title sounds should never be my reason for reading, but I’m guilty of it. Honestly, though, I never get as much out of it if I just mindlessly select a chapter. I like finding something that means more to me right now, that I’m interested in, or that applies to what I’m going through.

Today I’d like to just quickly go over some tips and tricks that have helped me get better at studying the Word. I’ve discovered that reading it can be really fun. If you are a non-Christian reading this, hi! I’d just like to let you know that this is not me shoving my beliefs down your throat. Believe in what you want. But, I would like to encourage you to give the Bible a chance. It can be extremely eye-opening and interesting! I’ve even read that all intelligent people (believers or not) have read the Bible at least once. Before my father became a Christian, he was an English teacher and writer, that quote is the only reason he ever picked up a Bible in the first place. With that said, let’s get into it.

I am a very creative and visual person, so sometimes just straight reading the Bible can be hard. When I was a newer Christian, I thought it was some major sin to write in my Bible. I realize now that that is not the case. If you flip through any of my newer Bibles you will see pink highlighter everywhere! I love to highlight in my Bible if something sticks out to me. I also love to draw in my Bible. I got a Bible journal for Christmas this year, it was the one thing I really wanted. And, I love it. Whenever I read my Bible now I get to use markers or paint and draw something that I thought of when I read that that chapter.

Something else I love to do when I’m reading the Word is listening to music! This makes it even more enjoyable. I love Bethel Music, Kim Walker-Smith, Kari Jobe, Kristine Dimarco, Amanda Cook, Christy Nockles, Lauren Daigle and Passion. Sometimes lyrics in a song will stick out to me more than what I’m reading.

Lastly, find someone to encourage you in your walk. Find a friend or a mentor. Two of my closest friends and I have done several Bible studies together. A while back we read through Galatians, and it was a blast. It really helps to have people holding you accountable and to pray for you.

Thank you guys so much for reading today. I hope you got something out of it. If you don’t have someone to talk to about the love of Christ and the struggles of walking in light, I’d love to be that person for you! You can email me anytime at RoryReports@gmail.com.You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter, both are under @H3yImRory. I’m praying for you all, God bless!

P.S. I’m currently reading the book of Luke. Feel free to join me!

Blue Eyes Out,

Rory

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