You can begin studying the Bible right this minute. Just follow these three easy steps, and you’ll be rolling right along with solid study.
Step 1: Pay attention.
That might sound basic, but the truth is that we can read something without really getting it. To keep your mind focused, ask yourself questions after each section you read. What’s going on here? Who’s involved? What words stick out? Can I find some big ideas?
Step 2: Examine the message.
When you’ve got the basics, go a bit deeper. Try to think through why God might have put this in the Bible. What’s He trying to say through this passage? If things get really sticky, you can always find help in a good Bible commentary.
Step 3: Do something about it.
Is there something you can pray about? Is there something you need to change in your life?
And that’s it: pay attention, examine the message, and do something about it. Repeat those steps for any section you read.