The new year is here. It’s a time for setting goals and seeking out new ways to grow our relationship with Christ. This week, I had the privileged of sharing a bit of Bible study wisdom on my friend Gene’s site. Here’s what I added to the conversation:
The best Bible study advice I know is to keep pressing forward. Remind yourself that doing something is always better than doing nothing. When you come to a difficult book–like Leviticus–and don’t understand everything you read, keep going. When you get busy and miss a day, don’t get discouraged–and most certainly don’t give up. If you stick with it–day after day–at the end of the year, you will be amazed at how much you have grown!
The best Bible study advice I know is to keep pressing forward. But this is only the beginning of the wisdom that was offered. I would encourage you to read the full post here: How to Read the Bible and Stick to Your Reading Plan.
Bible Study Wisdom for Daily Growth
If you’re looking for Bible study wisdom to help you plan your devotional times this year, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, you will find a compilation of articles that will help you get your quiet times with God off to an incredible start:
If you have never read the Bible, from start to finish, then this post is for you. Donna provides motivation, and a daily plan, to support you in getting through the entire Bible in a year. She points out that God grows us through people, circumstances, and Spiritual disciplines. And daily Bible reading is a powerful discipline that will add much to your spiritual growth!
If you have a Bible reading plan and have been great at sticking with it, but your devotional times have become a chore, then this post is for you. Tanya’s post is an excellent reminder that Bible reading is all about relationships and not simply checking off a box on our spiritual “to-do” list. This post will help you find freedom and joy in connecting with God this year!
In this article, my friend Jeremy describes his two-year Bible reading adventure. He provides tips on fashioning a Bible reading plan that balances meditation on Scripture with the importance of understanding God’s big-picture.
In this post, Mel Caldicott provides inspiration for getting into God’s word daily. This can be especially challenging for those of us with young kids at home. Yet Mel insists that this can and must be done–and I wholeheartedly agree!
I found this article by Helen to be especially inspirational. Helen’s Bible reading wisdom reminds me that Christ truly is our hope and that because of this, we need to come before Him daily. I love watching how she integrates art into her devotion times too.
This link is a recent addition to this article. After coming across Janis Cox’s inspiring Bible art, I felt compelled to update this post. Bible painting is a unique way of incorporating art into worship, reflection, and Scriptural meditation. It’s perfect for those looking for a hands-on, interactive approach to study. I can picture two of my daughters really enjoying this a few years from now.
The Bible Study Conversation
I named this site Coffee Shop Conversations because I believe that life is an ongoing conversation. As you can see, there is no one right way to read God’s word. It’s inspiring to see how others are approaching their relationship with God in 2016. Although there are many different styles, the pieces of Bible study wisdom that everyone agrees on are that:
- Daily time with God is vital.
- Understanding the big picture of God’s story matters.
- Ultimately, Bible study is not about checking an item off our to-do list but about deepening our relationship with our creator.
How are you connecting with God this year? Are you reading through the Bible in a year, slowing down and with Scripture meditation, integrating art into your spiritual growth, or do you have Bible study wisdom that hasn’t been listed yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.