By Andy Deane
This Bible study method is almost self-explanatory Ė but also worth explaining or you might not use it! Personally, I feel that this Bible study method is one of the most excitingóit is also one of the simplest! In short, it consists of choosing a New Testament book and reading it every day for a month. Reading the same book for thirty days will help you develop a deep understanding and familiarity with the text; you will begin to know it better than you ever have before, and will be able to identify and quickly locate passages within the book.
This study method is one that has become a part of my daily life. I usually do my devotions in the morning before the dayís distractions begin. However, I was looking for a Bible study that would help me refocus my thoughts onto the Lord at the end of the dayóthis study is the perfect fit for me. It has not replaced my devotional life, but it has become a great way to bring my mind back to Him at the end of each day.
Too Much Time and Work
It may sound like a lot of effort to read a whole book of the Bible every day, but is it really? One night when I didnít feel like I had the strength or time to read the entire book of Ephesians, I decided to time myself in order to see how long it actually does take to read the book. I didnít do this to show off how fast I can read, (Iím an average reader) I did it to prove to myself that reading a few chapters of Scripture really doesnít take that much time. I did it to quiet my flesh! What I learned was that it only took me fifteen minutes to read the entire book at a normal pace. Itís hard to justify not having fifteen minutes to devote to reading Godís Word. So, if chapter your flesh is saying itís too much to read a whole book of the Bible, maybe you should time yourself. I think you will be surprised to discover just how little time it really takes.
How to Do It
For the shorter epistles, reading the whole book in one sitting works great, but that doesnít mean you have to avoid studying the gospels or any of the longer epistles. If you choose to read a longer book, you can simply limit that monthís reading to about seven chapters. The following month, continue reading the next seven chapters. It may take a few months to complete the book this way, but it will be worth the effort.
Does It Get Boring?
This method could become boring, but with a little discipline and variation, your time in Godís Word will be fresh and exciting, every day. Below are a few hints that may help you overcome any feelings of repetition:
Use your imagination. Some days I focus on finding my top ten favorite verses in the book. Then Iíll choose a few of them to memorize that month. Other days Iíll read commentaries on one chapter of the book along with my normal reading of the entire book. Sometimes I download messages from my favorite pastors who have taught verse-by-verse through that book, and I read along as I listen. What Iíve found is that when I get excited about being able to familiarize myself with a book of the Bible in just thirty days, I discover a number of creative ways to keep that time in the Word fresh.
Try It This Month
Why not give it a try for one month? I know if you do, youíll be hooked! It is an exciting way to study the Bible. Believe meóyouíll be recommending this approach to people soon.
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