This past week, I had the privilege of speaking at a women’s ministry event. I got to know some new people, which I always enjoy, and I got to teach a little about why it is so important to study the Bible. I love that!
But I was a little forlorn when it was all over. It’s the teacher in me – I wanted to keep going! Deep down, I think most of us already know that we should be studying our Bibles. But so many of us feel weighed down by that thought because we don’t know how. That’s why I love to teach women how to study the Bible. After showing people a few simple techniques, their response is usually something along the lines of, “No one has ever taught me this stuff before! I never thought I could study on my own!”
Learning how to study is a game-changer for so many reasons. But the number one reason we don’t do it is because no one has ever taught us how.
That is why, for the month of February, I am hosting “20 Days of Bible Study Basics.” All month long, I will guide you through some basic Bible study techniques. Taking the whole month of February to do 20 basic assignments gives you flexibility in scheduling your study time while maintaining consistent exposure to the Scripture that is important for effective study. The best part of this is, YOU get to pick what you study!
What do you need to do? It’s simple! Before February, choose a short book of the Bible (Like Philippians or 1 Timothy.) You’ll need to print a double-spaced copy of that book that has no headings and wide margins. You can do this at Bible Gateway. I have checked with Crossway, the publisher of the ESV. To make your own copy of a book of the Bible, you may copy/paste the text into a document, widen the margins, and double-space the lines of text. You may then print the entire book only for your own personal use. Please do not save the document on your computer. Include copyright information on the first page of your copy if it does not otherwise print. I have not checked with any other publishers about the specifics of their copyrights. You are responsible for doing this if you want to use a different translation of the Bible.
That’s it! Once you’ve done that, you will be ready to start. Come back here, or visit my facebook page on February 1st. I’ll have an outline of your assignments ready for you. I will be available for you to ask questions. Share thoughts and post your progress on facebook too using the hashtag #20DaysofStudy!
Are you with me? I hope so! And invite your friends too!