When starting bible studies everyone does it different! Everyone has their own highlighting code, writing notes, and reading. Some follow a book while others dive into the good word and do chapter by chapter!
However I found 5 things that are must haves when starting studying.
When staring your journey you really need the obvious! There are many different versions out there, but they all mean the same! I started with an NIV or a NIrV, to me this is the simplest text when reading. It’s straight to the point, but if you can understand or prefer the standard version the on be my guest.
I love, love, love highlighting scriptures and verses that mean a lot to me! Whether it be from a devotional book (what I call bible studies for alone time), a life group at a local church, online groups, or Sunday sermons; highlighting can help you understand his word better. Most highlighter sets come with a color code on which color means what! I use Studio Series Bible Highlighters, they are wonderful to use, they don’t bleed through and easy on the pages. But I, for my personal preference tweaked the color coding for my personal fit!
Other than the obvious you need a journal, so you can write down what stands out to you or using the S.O.A.P method to further your knowledge on his word. I use composition note books because they are dirt cheap, I get the for 50 cents and book. I do have a couple of fancy journals that I have purchased for certain devotionals and groups I’ve been in.
A Devotional or Plan
Next to important you need something to guide you to proper reading and following along. There are many different kinds of devotionals and bible reading plans out there with different themes and categories! I tend to stay with parent ones, mom’s devotionals, and marriage/wife devotionals. Now if purchasing a brand new book is too much you have two roads you can take, one is ask your local church if they get book donations or look for a printable bible reading plans. I have found over the couple of months some good ones on Pinterest to screenshot and follow along! Also Try Thriftbooks they have a lot of good stuff for half the price!
Here is a list of some of my favorite devotionals and good reads!
Not many find this important to have for Bible Study but always start your session in reading with a prayer. Ask for wisdom and understanding when reading the Lord’s book and ask for the Holy spirit to be your muse!
Now there are a couple of other items that you need like a Pen or pencil, some time and space to do a bible study, and a place!