Learn More About God's Word
Read. In order to know God’s Word well and in turn get to know God better, we need to read God’s Word every day. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:13). Reading God’s Word means to sit down each day, with your Bible, and read a few chapters, or even a book. The goal in reading God’s Word is to let the big picture of who God is, the life of Jesus, and the whole Bible speak to your heart.
Study. Studying God’s Word is digging deep into the Bible and discovering how it applies to your life. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). When you study the Bible, take it a few verses at a time. For each of those verses, ask yourself: What does this verse say; what does it mean; and how does it apply to your life? We recommend this method of Bible study in order to gain the most from your time spent in God’s Word. God desires you to be a “workman” for Him that knows His Word and isn’t ashamed to share it.
Memorize. When we hide God’s Word in our hearts, we hide Jesus in our hearts (John 1:14). We are equipped to stop the devil in his tracks. He can not defeat us because “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). Therefore, we must saturate our mind and heart with the Word of God that it may be brought to our remembrance when we need it (John 14:26). “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). While we may read three chapters of the Bible each day and dig deep into three verses each day, we may only memorize one verse each week, but every word we memorize is a tool and a defense. By saturating yourself in Jesus each day, you’ll live a transformed life.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)
There are many options for Bible reading plans. Your home church may be participating in a Bible Reading plan, or you may wish to purchase a Bible-in-a-Year Bible. There are also a number of Bible Reading Plans found online or in Bible apps. If you want, you can read a few chapters each day and move yourself through the Bible. Check out the reading plans linked below. Whatever you choose, just read!
A Year in the Bible
Blue Letter Bible
The Bible Project
Dig Deep into God’s Word
Find a quiet place where you can be alone with God. Determine a specific time that you want to spend time studying the Word of God and then keep that time as if it is an important appointment. Use a notebook or journal, something you can keep your notes in so that you can refer to them from time to time.
- Pray each time you begin your study.
- Pray for God to open up His Word to your heart.
- Pray that you will be bold enough to apply the principles of the Bible to your life.
- Pray that God speaks to you in a way that you clearly understand.
Read the passage through completely. Reading it out loud helps you to hear things that you might not see if you read it quietly.
Here is an example for John 3:16. Read each verse individually, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
What does it say?
Write the scripture you are studying in your notebook, and for each verse, determine what each verse is saying by discovering the main thought.
Example: God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
What does it mean?
Write each of these thoughts in your notebook or journal. Read the passage completely through again.
Example: God loved the world so much that He gave us His son, so that by believing on Him we will have life in heaven forever.
How does it apply?
Write out how this verse applies to your life.
Example: God gave His son for me. By accepting this gift of salvation, I have eternal life in Heaven.
Summarize your study and the application of its meaning in a paragraph. Write a summary sentence for the entire passage.
Pray that God would grow these truths in your heart.
Why we memorize scripture:
Psalms 119:11: says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ” The Bible is God’s love letter to us from Genesis to Revelation. Over and over within its pages we are told of His marvelous love for us. Repeatedly, we see His promises to us that bring us prosperity, peace and joy. Found within the pages of God’s Holy Word, the Bible, we are given instructions for life and the recipe for a life more abundant. In John 10:10 Jesus said, ”The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. “
In order to enjoy this abundant life we must first accept Christ as Saviour and then we must build a relationship with the God of the Universe. As we read His marvelous Word we will surely get to know Him and life will take on new meaning. As troubles come our way and satan knocks on our door we are reminded of the loving, protecting hand of God that is revealed to us through His word. It is for this reason that God gave us the above scripture. If we hide His Word in our heart then we are equipped to defeat the devil right in his tracks. He can not defeat us because ” Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4). Therefore, we must saturate our mind and heart with the Word of God that it may be brought to our remembrance when we have need of it.
Pray to God and ask Him to help you commit this verse to memory.
Read the verse slowly five times every morning. Write it on an index card or some other paper so that you can keep it near you.
Determine what the verse means. Decide how you can apply that verse to your life. Place the verse in obvious places that you will notice several times a day. Be very careful to concentrate on the “address” where the verse is found in the Bible. Every day, devote an additional 15 minutes of quiet time to reading the verse and putting it to memory.
Invoke the help of a friend or loved one to listen to you mid-week and then at the end of the week as you recite the verse. Find a person to keep you accountable for your memory progress. Periodically review your memory verses keeping them sharp in your mind and close to your heart. Use these verses in your everyday teachings to and conversations with your friends and family.
Download a .pdf of our list of important memory verses.
Business Cards for Study
We have two sets of business card flash cards to assist in Bible memory. Download the flip card version.
Download the verse and address single sided version.
We celebrate #memoryMonday! Every Monday, we’ll broadcast a new verse on our social media.