There are a myriad of ways to study Scripture. Some of them are well-known, such as Inductive Bible Study, Topical Bible Study, and so forth. Some studies focus on one book of the Bible, or a specific character and the life lessons learned. They are all relevant and meaningful – and depending on the amount of time you can devote to Scripture study, you can learn and grow on a daily basis.
Some days are busier than others, and as a stay at home wife and mom of 3 littles, I know how challenging it can be to get into the Word.
One of my favorite ways to study Scripture is to do a Topical study. Many Bibles have a concordance within them, but even if they don’t you can find access to a concordance or Bible dictionary online at several websites, and use it as a starting point for your study.
To begin a topical study – get your Bible, a couple of pens, a notebook, 4×6 note cards, and your concordance or dictionary of choice. Pray about the topic you would like to study. If you can’t seem to settle on any one specific topic, take some time to consider what’s going on in your life.
- Maybe you have been struggling with FEAR.
- Maybe you or someone you love is SUFFERING with health problems.
- Maybe you have a child who rebels against AUTHORITY.
- Maybe your MARRIAGE is being threatened by a variety of circumstances.
As you can see, I’ve highlighted a few topics on bold and all caps in the previous section – those are suggested topics for Bible study based on realities of life. Using your notebook or 4×6 cards, begin making a list of the topics that come to your mind. The great thing about a topical study is you can find Scriptures to combat the very things you may be battling in your life!
Now look in your concordance for the topic you would like to study. For example, look up the word FEAR. You should find a list of associated Scriptures relating to the topic and you can begin looking up the Scriptures and recording each on in your notebook. Verses that bring a particular sense of peace or that speak to your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit can be written on 4×6 cards and posted throughout your house. Whether you choose to memorize particular Scriptures or read them aloud every day, the power of Scripture can speak directly to the circumstances of your life. One particular verse that hasFor given me victory over fear in my own life is:
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Topical studies can be as in-depth or as brief as you would like them to be. You may choose to study a particular topic for a day, a week, or a month, depending on your schedule and your need. As you begin to incorporate the Word of God into your life, you will sow seeds of peace and the power of God into your life. After a topical study, you will also have a personalized notebook for reference and use in your life using Scriptures that are applicable to your situation.
In this four week mini Bible Study you will examine your faith and what it means to have faith in God. When we believe in God we then learn to walk in faith and trust God. But first we must believe, and it’s up to us, we can either choose to believe in Him or not. But faith will mean nothing until we believe with all our heart that God is who He says He is.
5 STAR AMAZON REVIEW: “I really enjoyed this mini study. I like when things make you think and journal and you can focus on one aspect at a time. It was a great study.”