6 Myths about Bible Study
I think sometimes we have this picture-perfect idea of what our daily Bible study should look like. The beautiful Bible, the pretty journal, and a cup of coffee in an Anthropologie mug while relaxing on the couch in a cosy living room surrounded by house plants with soft worship music playing in the background. Really? ;)
In our Instagramed world, we can get so concerned about the image of what we’re doing (and getting that pic for social media to prove it) that we forget what it’s really all about. Spending time with God. Drawing near to Him. Listening to His voice. Taking in His Word.
In this post, I’m busting some myths you might be believing about Bible study. Let’s go!
1. It needs to look good.
No, girl. I’ve already dispelled this myth straight off the mark but I want to reiterate it. Your Bible study doesn’t need to look like her Instagram post. Your Bible study doesn’t need to look like anything but you spending time with God. (And nobody needs to know about it because it’s between you and God.) This can be wherever you find some space to be alone - in your messy room, in the car during your lunchbreak or in a local cafe. It’s not about what it looks like, it’s about what you’re learning and how you’re drawing closer to God.
2. It needs to go for an hour
Nope. There isn’t anywhere in the Bible that says ‘you must do your Bible study for one hour.’ That’s not how it works. Honestly, you could spend endless time reading your Bible and praying each day. But take however much time you need. If you’re new to creating a Bible study habit, I encourage you to commit to reading your Bible for 20 minutes each day. This is a totally achievable amount of time. Put it in your calendar and set an alarm so you don’t forget.
3. I have to read an entire chapter
Nope. You can read a few verses, a chapter or a few chapters. There’s no set amount of scripture you should read. I think it’s so important to take the time to understand what you’re reading and not rush through it, especially if you’re just starting out. Oftentimes each chapter will be broken up into sections with headings. You can take your Bible study a little slower by exploring each section in depth each day and looking to commentaries to support your reading. I’ve created a list of 6 free Bible study tools to help you with this. Click here to grab it.
4. I have to start from the beginning.
No, you don’t! I think it’s important to eventually read through every book of the Bible but that doesn’t mean you have to read the Bible in order. There’s no ‘right’ order to read the Bible. You can choose what you want to read by book or topic. A great place to start is with the book of John because it gives great insight into Jesus - His character and the miracles He did here on earth. John is 21 chapters long, and it just so happens to be that it takes around 21 days to create a new habit. So reading a chapter a day for 21 days would be a great way to kickstart your Bible-reading habit. I’ve created a free Bible reading plan through the book of John. You can grab it here.
5. It has to be in the morning.
I personally like doing my Bible study in the morning because it helps me fix my eyes on Jesus and gain God’s perspective for my day. Coming to God at the beginning of each day reminds me that He is here, He is with me and He is guiding me. But if morning time doesn’t work for you, choose a different time that does. That could be mid morning after you’ve dropped the kids at school. It could be on your lunchbreak at work. Or it could be in the evening after dinner. Choose a time that works for you and stick to it.
6. It has to be on my own, in a quiet place
This is great - if you can make it work. But this isn’t always real life. Because you might be a mum with three kids under five and hardly have a chance to go to the toilet by yourself let alone find a quiet space to do your Bible study. If that’s you, doing your Bible study might look like waking up an hour before the kids do, or it might look like reading your Bible while the kids watch TV or play around you. You might be a college student living in a loud dorm with other girls and find studying the Bible in your room super distracting. If that’s the case, you could always find somewhere quiet outside, head to the library, go to your local cafe or even read your Bible in the car.
The most important thing isn’t what your Bible study looks like, it’s that it happens. Because when you prioritise our time with God, you grow to know God more. And I know you want this for your life.
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