A Teen’s Guide to Bible Study.

‍ Do you want to get into Bible Study? Are you a new Christian that is stuck on where to start or wants to start reading your Bible more often? This article is for you.

Bible Study is so important for Christians. It is like a manual for our faith that contains anything and everything you need to know about Christianity and the gospel.

The Bible is not just a Holy book, it is God’s word, and I know that there are disagreements and controversies surrounding that statement, but that is just what it is.

Having being said, it is important to read the Bible everyday and make it a part of your daily routine. It is also vital to read it correctly, because believe me, there is a wrong way to study the Bible that can leave you bored, drained out and probably even more confused than you were at first.

So without further ado, here are some tips if you’re someone who’s just getting into Bible Study.

Man reading the Bible

How to Start reading the Bible.

1. Get a Bible.

The best picked for beginners is the Revised Standard Version or Good news Bible. Of course there are other numerous bible versions available world wide so it’s up to you to choose which one you want to use.

You can also download a Bible app on your phone. Personally I would not recommend this because there can be lots of distractions when reading a Bible with your phone (like notifications,  messages, etc). However, its a notable alternative incase a hard copy isn’t  available.

2. Get a reading plan.

A reading plan makes it easier to be consistent. Knowing what to read and when to read makes Bible Study more effective.

Most bible reading apps comes with reading plans. However you can get other ideas like these monthly reading posters on Pinterest.

Additionally,  here are some useful links:

The Gospel of John in 21 days

Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

The Bible in One Year

3. Make a schedule.

Good habits are made with discipline, and discipline requires organisation. Making a schedule helps you stay organised and consistent with reading the Bible.

Set a period for reading the Bible. It could be a specific time like say 9pm, or after a certain duty, example after doing your homework or chores.

4. Pray before reading.

Say a short prayer asking the Holy spirit to grant you the wisdom needed to understand.

5. Jot down bold verses.

These are verses that really spoke to you, biblical quotes or verses that you did not comprehend at first, so that you can ask a more spiritual person or come back to it later.

6. Pray after study.

Ask God for the grace to fully understand what you have read and to be able to apply it in your life.

7. Find a study group.

It must not even be in person. You can create or join Bible Study groups online where people can motivate each other to read and share their exaltation on chosen scriptures daily.

9. Share your favourite verses

You can share it with other people (like in your study group) or on social media.

Sharing them doesn’t only help you recall them easier, it can also be a blessing to others. Imagine bringing words of comfort to someone who’s having a bad day and cheering them up instantly, that would be amazing!

I like sharing Bible verses on my WhatsApp status and on Facebook, it makes me happy and helps me memorize them.

excessive social media can lead to information overload which is not a good habit that will improve your life.

Benefits of Reading the Bible.

1. It equips you for a holy life.

Pretty obvious right? The Bible is not just another book of stories that tells you the history of your ancestors or the accounts of creation. The Bible is an instruction manual.

All the do’s and dont’s you need in your daily life are within the contents of the pages. It’s like a self help book with instructions from the creator himself.

2. It empowers you to fight against Satan.

Reading the Bible equips you with the truth, which is a tool used to fight the devil. Satan is the father of lies and so, seeing someone who knows the truth terrifies him to the core, because then he has no power such person (Since he operates through lies and deceit).

Some of the devil’s best lies especially those about your worth or your salvation can be quickly diffused through the scriptures.

E.g: When he tells you that you’re not good enough

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

If he tries to condemn you for your past mistakes. –

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence. – Ephesians 1:7-8

When he starts making you think that you’re a failure with no future.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

What a relief we get by simply knowing God’s truth.

3. It builds your faith and trust in God.

Reading the Bible provides comfort in times of trouble. I used to have serious anxiety before I started reading Psalms. Now, I’ve realised that most of those anxieties were futile and I need not be anxious about anything because I am aware of the promises that God has made to we, his children.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.-  Philippians 4:6

I wouldn’t have known this without reading the Bible!

4. Your life will just be more better.

I can not think of a better way to put this.

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Best Books to Start With.

Note: This is based on personal preference. If you want to start from Genesis and read till Revelation, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Proverbs.

I just love Proverbs! Having been written by the wisest man that ever lived, Proverbs contains wise sayings and clever instructions to help you live a noble life.

James.

Another wonderful book on Biblical instructions and wise teaching.

John (The Gospel)

Out of the four Gospels, the Gospel according to John is my favourite. Since John was one of the closest disciples to Jesus, his account feels the most personal and accurate.

Ecclesiastes.

It’s just like Proverbs, so worth reading.

 Sirach.

It’s an apocryphal book that can be found in very few Bible versions (like Good news Bible). It’s similar to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, but much more longer. Sirach is a top recommendation to every Christian.

(Apocryphal books are early Christian writings that were exempted in the new testament by the protestant church.)

Psalms

Psalms provide comfort and contains a lot of God’s promises. A good book for prayers and hymns.

I hope you found this article really helpful. If you did, leave me comment with your thoughts (and your favourite Bible books)

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