Your method of Bible study doesn’t have to follow a certain method or pattern. If you’ve been going with something more traditional recently, you could change things up. Here are seven creative ways for doing just that—from easy to (seemingly) insane:
Easy (Get Going Now)
Read out loud. Sometimes, hearing the words spoken aloud can keep you focused. You could even read in a group of others so that no one person has to quote the whole book. (You could always go with an audio Bible if you prefer to save your vocal chords.)
Write out verses. Some people find it incredibly helpful to copy Scripture into a notebook or to thumb-type them into their phones. It can be a slow process, but you might be surprised how well you connect with what you’re writing.
Commit to memorizing one verse from each book you study this year. That may sound scary, but it’s not. We memorize things all the time (quick: your favorite movie quote). Plus, it’ll help you remember a lesson from each one.
Challenging (Takes some Work)
Divide the 66 books of the Bible by months or weeks. Instead of following a set reading plan, try reading five or six books each month or one or two per week. Since some of the minor prophets and New Testament letters are short, this isn’t as crazy as it may seem. Split all of the short ones up so that you have at least one each month or save them for weeks that you know you’ll be busy.
Instead of reading through the whole Bible in a year, zoom in on one book each month. Read it through several times and take notes about what God’s showing you. Use several versions of the Bible for added insight and to keep it interesting. Then, watch some videos and read some commentaries to really make it sing.
Memorize an entire chapter or book of the Bible. This is a big challenge for anyone, but it’s well worth the investment. If you aren’t sure which one, just start with something short. Psalm 1, Philemon, or Jude will make you feel like a champ.
Insane (But Worth It)
Learn Greek and Hebrew (and maybe Aramaic). You’re living in a time with the some of the best translations ever made. If you read them, you’re getting God’s Word right to your brain. But no translation can quite capture all the nuances that show up in the original languages. Many sites on the Internet will teach you Greek or Hebrew, or you can use a free interlinear Bible to teach yourself (think of it like an x-ray Bible to the original languages). This one will push you, but you’ll grow a ton.